The year is 1972. Fifteen-year-old Haunani “Nani” Grace Nuuhiwa is transplanted from her home in Hawaii to Santa Monica, California after her father’s fatal heart attack. Now the proverbial fish-out-of-water, Nani struggles to adjust to her new life with her alcoholic white (haole) mother and the lineup of mean girls who rule State Beach.
Following “The Rules”—an unspoken list of dos and don’ts—Nani makes contact with Rox, the leader of the lineup. Through a harrowing series of initiations, Nani not only gets accepted into the lineup, she gains the attention of surf god, Nigel McBride. But maintaining stardom is harder than achieving it. Nani is keeping several secrets that, if revealed, could ruin everything she’s worked so hard to achieve. Secret #1: She’s stolen her dad’s ashes and hidden them from her mom. Secret #2: In order to get in with Rox and her crew, she spied on them and now knows far more than they could ever let her get away with. And most deadly of all, Secret #3: She likes girls, and may very well be in love with Rox.
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In this Mean Girls meets surf world novel, I was instantly captivated by Nani's quick wit and cool girl charm. I could totally relate to Nani's desire for acceptance with the popular girls on the beach. The best part was that this clique of girls ruled a beach in southern California, perhaps the most beautiful beaches in all of Mainland America. It was cool to learn about the origins of surfing and how dreamy the guys (and girls) were both on a board and on the sand.
Joanna M - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since August 2015