this is a heartwarming book and i encourege you to read it! you will get lost in some parts of the book but you will catch up if you think about the book. but this is and awsome book and you will never know what will happen next.
James Howe's first young adult novel weaves the lives of three young people, Evan, Chris, and Margaret, as they all respectively deal with their personal demons one summer.
The story begins with a fairy tale about a girl trapped alone on an island with an enchanted doll and a savage beast. Immediately afterwards the real action begins, but the fairy tale is a recurring and effective device, telling the story of Margaret, known by the other characters as The Watcher. The Watcher can be seen on a daily basis sitting alone on the sidelines of the beach, watching everyone around her and scribbling in her notebook.
At age twelve Evan must deal with the possibility of his family being torn apart by divorce. He becomes the parental figure to his little sister and suffers from alienation from his peers, looking up to Chris, the lifeguard who watched over the beach.
At eighteen Chris is running away from his own family problems. He is unable to communicate with his father and is struggling with his post-high school identity. He dreams of escaping to California, but he slowly realizes he cannot leave behind the shadows of the past.
And then there is The Watcher. As Evan and Chris combat their own demons, Margaret must combat her own. The heartbreaking climax brings these three characters together and concludes the fairy tale and the mystery that has been building since the very first chapter.
This story is about many things, but above all it is about heroes. Each character is flawed, haunted by their own personal demons and their perception of one another is flat. In the end they learn an important lesson about themselves and one another, that life works in a circular motion and one must depend on each other, and on themselves, to begin to heal the wounds from which they have sought to escape.
This story can be completed in a single sitting, but it is anything but light reading. It tackles serious issues such as death, drug abuse, divorce, and familial abuse. This is an important book for any young person or adult to read, is it makes you question your perception of yourself and those around you.
Simply, a must read.