Kidd is running from his past and his future. No mom, no dad, and there’s nothing for him at the group home but therapy. He doesn’t belong at the beach where he works either, unless he finds a reason to stay.

Olivia is blond hair, blue eyes, rich dad. The prettiest girl in Cardiff. She’s hiding something from Kidd—but could they ever be together anyway?

Devon is mean, mysterious, and driven by a death wish. A best friend and worst enemy. He followed Kidd all the way to the beach and he’s not leaving until he teaches him a few lessons about life. And Olivia.

A Junior Library Guild Selection
ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
Finalist for the 2011 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award
Named to 2012-2013 Texas High School TAYSHAS Reading List


“Will speak to reader’s hearts.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (recommended read)

“The intriguing, well-developed characters introduce themes of class and gender friction, creating a puzzling and sobering yet strangely hopeful book that will stay with readers.” — Booklist