Wild Blue Wonder
by Sorosiak, Carlie

Following a tragic boating accident during the summer before her senior year of high school, Quinn goes through life in a daze of grief until the new boy in town, Alexander, helps her begin to understand the truth about love and loss.

*Starred Review* Legend has it that a sea monster lives in the waters of Winship, Maine, and on the worst day of her life, Quinn Sawyer saw it. Quinn's childhood was, in a word, idyllic: she spent summers at the Hundreds, her family's summer camp, alongside her siblings, Reed and Fern, and with Dylan, the boy who was special to them all. But that was before. It's winter now and Winship is almost as quiet as the Sawyer household-Quinn and her siblings, once close, now barely speak, and Quinn, who doesn't believe in the magic of the Hundreds anymore, thinks she is just as monstrous as the sea monster she once thought she saw. When Alexander, a rare new boy, moves to Winship, Quinn befriends him, and slowly she begins to emerge from the isolation she's imposed on herself since summer. Sorosiak's sophomore novel (If Birds Fly Back, 2017) is a striking examination of love-of friends, of family, of self-as well as of grief. Quinn is a quietly compelling narrator, and touches of magical realism add a rich, atmospheric layer to her story. Then-and-now chapters keep the pace moving forward and add a hint of mystery, but ultimately this is a soft and lovely exploration of how life can freeze at the point of tragedy, and of a girl who learns to thaw. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

A girl in rural Maine, dealing with the emotional aftermath of an accident for which she feels responsible, learns to let go of the guilt that haunts her. Seventeen-year-old Quinn Sawyer's life has become unrecognizable. The middle child in a once inseparable, tightknit family, including her gay older brother, Reed, younger sister, Fern, and family friend, Dylan—beloved by all three siblings—Quinn now feels ostracized and wracked with guilt. The aftermath of a tragic accident at their family-run summer camp, The Hundreds, has poisoned their relationships. With the help of stalwart supporters including her best friend, Korean-American Hana Chang, quirky grandmother Nana Eden, and the new boy in town, Alexander Kostopoulos, a Greek-British student wrestling with family issues of his own, Quinn slowly begins to heal. While some of the characters, such as Quinn's hippie mother, can at times feel like predictable caricatures, Quinn's self-blame and her siblings' confu sion and anger ring true. The plot, which unfolds in chapters alternating between the events of the summer and the present day, is compelling, drawing the reader in as the mystery of what actually happened is revealed. One is left to cheer for Quinn and her grieving, wounded family in the satisfying climax. The Sawyer family and Dylan are white. A somewhat unconventional story about grief and guilt featuring a sympathetic protagonist. (Fiction. 13-18) Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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