A wonderful YA debut full of drama for two very different sisters.
It's off-season at the Jersey shore, when the boardwalk belongs to the locals. Rosie is 15 and her sister Skate is 16. Their dad, an amiable drunk, is spending a few weeks in jail while their cousin Angie looks after them in their falling-down Victorian on the beach. Skate and her boyfriend Perry are madly in love, inseparable—until now, when Perry goes off to Rutgers. Rosie is shyer than Skate, but she’s drawn to Nick, a boy in their Alateen group. What happens to Rosie and Skate in a few tumultuous weeks is deftly shaded, complex, and true. Readers will be caught up in each girl’s shifting feelings as the story plays out within the embrace of their warmhearted community.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2009:
"The novel expertly captures the ever-hopeful ache of adolescents longing for love, stability, and certainty."
Starred Review, Booklist, October 1, 2009:
"This is a novel as brisk and refreshing as an ocean breeze."
Review, New York Times Books Review, January 17, 2010:
"In capturing the miscues of first love and shifting family dynamics, Rosie and Skate is as sharp as a splinter on the boardwalk."
NOMINEE - New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award
WINNER 2009 - Booklist Children's Editors' Choice
Beth Ann Bauman is the author of a short story collection for adults, Beautiful Girls, and a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. Growing up, she spent summers on the Jersey shore. She now lives in New York City.