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The Tribes of Palos Verdes by Joy Nicholson
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Oct 24, 10

really liked it
Read in October, 2010

I think this may be one of the saddest books that I have ever read. What happens to teenagers who have too much stuff and not enough parenting? Bad things... The only bit of sanity in the life of Medina and her brother, Jim, is surfing the break in Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes, CA. Here everyone is judged by their "outsides" -- what do they own, how do they look? Whatever is negative is hidden behind the front doors of the beautiful mansions. Each member of the Mason family has their own brand of dysfunction: the cardiologist, philandering father, the ex-model food-addict mother, the boy-who-tries-to keep-mom happy Jim, and the sexual tease, Medina. In the end, the family implosion breaks your heart.

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