Review: ‘Local Girl Swept Away’ by Ellen Wittlinger #BookBirthday

Local Girl Swept Away by Ellen WittlingerLorna has always been the de facto leader of ther little group that includes her boyfriend, Finn, Jackie, and Lucas. She always added a lot of fun, recklessness and energy to their gang, and the three of them would follow her anywhere. So when Lorna suggests that they all watch a huge storm come in, their is no question about whether they would join her. Imagine their shock and grief when Lorna is swept out to sea.

Lucas becomes MIA, his dads covering for his absence, so Finn and Jackie (who’s always nursed a crush on Finn) try to muddle through the summer together, figuring out how to accept what happened and somehow move on. Finn’s family has been in Provincetown for the last twenty years, running the art center where Jackie spends a lot of her time. Jackie’s parents don’t understand her preoccupation with her photography and desire to be an artist. They don’t belong to that world and want Jackie to keep her feet firmly planted in the Provincetown sand instead of reaching for the stars and getting burned.

Jackie is pretty sure that Finn won’t get over Lorna, and when she’s on the receiving end of the attentions of Cooper, the assistant director of the Jasper Street Art Center, she is both flattered and a bit scared. What if he only sees her as a little kid? And as the remaining three friends start to adjust to life without Lorna, they are startled to find that most people saw Lorna as a sad, needy and manipulative person, not free and easy like they thought they knew her.  But it’s a startling revelation that they never saw coming that rocks them all.

Local Girl Swept Away truly captures the feel of a small town where some of its inhabitants feel trapped and going nowhere. While young adults should always be encouraged to expand their horizons and spread their wings (and all other related expressions), ultimately, each person has to decide for themselves what their future holds.

Local Girl Swept Away by Ellen Wittlinger was published today, June 15, 2016 by Merit Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher and the Author.

Rating: 3.5

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Contemporary Fiction Romance


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