If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she's ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California's dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.
After receiving a full scholarship to a San Francisco college, budding artist Skylar thinks she's won a ticket out of Creek View, Calif., a town consisting of "a trailer park, a few run-down houses, a couple of business that barely made enough to keep their doors open, and the Paradise Motel," where she works part-time. Standing on the threshold of a promising future, Skylar confronts forces holding her back: she's worried about leaving her mother, who has lost her job and started drinking again, and she's also drawn to Josh, a Marine who has returned to Creek View physically and emotionally damaged. Demetrios (Exquisite Captive) paints a vivid portrait of a teen overburdened with responsibility and confused by conflicting passions. Skylar's thoughts, interspersed with Josh's memories of war and his uncertainties about his future, dramatically convey how the two come together before being pulled apart by fear. If the ups and downs of their romance are slightly drawn out, the striking details of small-town life and well-developed supporting characters will keep readers engaged. Ages 14 up.
Love this book read it three times
This was probably one of the best books I've ever read, so good I couldn't help myself to read it a second and third time. I highly recommend this book to any young passionate reader. I might just have to read it a fourth time(;