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Now available in paperback!


A 2011 ABA New Voices Pick–



“I couldn’t put this book down. Kirby’s voice is fresh and wise, all at once. An incredible first novel.”

Sarah Dessen, New York Times Bestselling author of Lock and Key 




From Jessi Kirby, a debut novel about confronting the past in order to move ahead.

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I’ve thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

Anna’s life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It’s bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.

While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna’s mother’s death- stays buried forever.


“Like sea glass, this smooth, radiant debut, reminiscent of Sarah Dessen, sets authentic and sympathetic characters working through a
life-changing transformation against the backdrop of a steamy summer romance.
Great for beach time—or anytime.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Kirby is an author to watch, and her debut will
be enjoyed by a large array of teens in search of identity

“Well written, with clearly drawn, sympathetic
characters, and will be a good read for those dealing with losses of their
own.”–VOYA June 2011

A poignant book about a teenager
seeking answers yet fearful of what she might learn.

SLJ, September 2011