Nola wants nothing more than a summer of her own–and a job at an upscale Maine coast resort sounds ideal. She’ll have plenty of beach time between waitressing, some freedom from stresses back home, and the chance to make new friends. Enter Carly, the the perfect pal: full of jokes, ideas, energy–and experienced at being away from her mysterious family. But Carly turns out to be much more complicated than the standard summer buddy–her borderline personality can turn on Nola in a flash, and even love becomes a rivalry. As the girls’ instant friendship unhinges by subtle, increasingly powerful turns, the commonplace becomes dramatic–and the outcome unforgettable.
- ALA Quick Picks
“Carly is ultimately a pitiable figure, and Jacobson’s gradual reveal, through Nola’s first-person, present-tense narration, of the fun, then the danger, of this classic frenemy’s borderline personality disorder is deliciously, palpably tense.”
“A compelling story of self-discovery with plenty of insights into the motivations that drive relationships.”
“Sarah Dessen fans seem the natural audience for what ensues: two months of learning about boys, friends, and where to place the fish fork. Friction is provided in the form of Carly, a girl Nola meets on the bus who quickly worms her way into a job at the same hotel and becomes Nola’s roommate . . . The story has undeniable appeal, in large part because of the tension provided by Carly, who may or may not be a psychopath.” Ages 12–up
— Publishers Weekly