Local Girl Swept Away (Hardcover)

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The latest contemporary, realistic young adult novel from the author who inspired John Green! A group of friends is torn apart when their charismatic leader is swept away during a storm. Protagonist Jackie deals with survivor’s grief after losing Lorna, especially as her crush (and Lorna’s boyfriend) and her lean on each other for emotional support, while fourth member of their clique distances himself to the point of no longer being reachable. Thematically, Jackie’s struggles as she extricates herself from her group and into her own identity apart results in a relatable coming of age story, while in the plot she grapples with new information about who Lorna really was, and who anyone is, in this twisty drama. The vividly-painted beach setting will leave readers practically smelling the ocean, while the town will resonate with teenagers feeling pinned in by their own hometowns and ready to enter the world.

— From Ann's Picks


They are four best friends who've shared joy and secrets, love and memories, and since the beginning, Lorna was the one who held them all together. Then, the unthinkable happens. During a storm, Lorna is swept out to sea, leaving the three survivors with nothing to cling to except grief and questions. How did this happen? Why was Lorna in such danger, and was she alone? When her body is never found, the mystery deepens. Did Lorna really die? Or has she made a crazy bid for freedom? Inevitably, the dynamic of the four friends' everyday life is changed forever. But the pain and confusion go deepest for Jackie, who must face her feelings of unrequited love for Lorna's boyfriend as well as try to put to rest her own questions about Lorna's presumed death. Does one of the boys in their inner circle know more than he's letting on? Will Lorna's fate ever be discovered? And how will Jackie become her own person in the wake of a wound that may never close? In this beautifully written, intense novel, one girl has to travel through loss and disillusionment to make sense of her own future.

"Ellen Wittlinger's Hard Love was one of the books that inspired me to write young adult novels." John Green, author, The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns

About the Author

A former children's librarian, Ellen Wittlinger holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She is the veteran author of young adult novels, including Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book, a Lambda Literary Award winner, and a Booklist Editors' Choice), Love & Lies, What's in a Name, Sandpiper (a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults choice), and others. Wittlinger lives with her husband near Northampton, MA. Visit her on the web at www.ellenwittlinger.com.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781440589003
ISBN-10: 1440589003
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 15th, 2016
Pages: 270
Language: English