I have always been a huge Sarah Dessen fan since I discovered her my freshman year of high school and I couldn’t help but buy the new book. I will say I was not disappointed! All of her books have always drawn me in and kept me wanting more and this book was no different.
Emma Saylor is the main character and you can’t help but love her but be frustrated with how she doesn’t stand up for herself. I do have to say I loved Roo. His character just seems to be the perfect laid back character and he even admits his own struggles which, to me, makes him more personable.
The rest of the family seems chaotic and calm all at once and really they all seemed to bring this story together. This book puts an emphasis on stories and how they bring people and families together. I can’t really explain how much this worked for this book and kept you coming back for more.
I give it five out of five stars and I really hope you get to read it!
Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.
Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.
When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.
Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.
For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?