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The Tribes of Palos Verdes by Joy Nicholson
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Dec 01, 15

really liked it
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Read in January, 2002

I remember this as a good female pov coming-of-age novel, set among the affluent surfing set in California - the usual drugs-and-boys, but well done I thought. (It was about 8 years ago I read it).
...found this in my 2002 notebook: rich girl in SoCal suburb dealing with binge eating mother, skirt chasing father, a brother slipping into heroin addiction and a hierarchy of groups at school.

The 'towel girls' who don't answer if you address them. She loses her virginity to a 'gnarled old man' of 35. A surfer who lives in a van and tokes on a four foot bong. Whales go past in the bay as they look out the window.

Highly addictive coming of age novel.

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