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Sixteen year-old Anna Dugan is a super surfer who feels most at home when taking off on a ten-foot wave. But surf culture bores Anna big time. While other surfers follow trends and speak the lingo, Anna harbors a secret desire to be an artist, drawing houses made of waves. It’s not the most practical dream for the daughter of a single mom living in Kendall’s Watch, a beach ...more
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published June 15th 2018 by Fitzroy Books
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Alice Kaltman I do surf, Caryn! As for love...I love everything about surfing; the connection with the ocean, the unpredictable nature of, well, nature, and how…moreI do surf, Caryn! As for love...I love everything about surfing; the connection with the ocean, the unpredictable nature of, well, nature, and how waves, currents, sand, and swells have their own say in how things will go. The melding of self with water. I've always been ocean-centric and have been a swimmer since my dad first taught me how at age three. As I've said elsewhere: I'm most at home when I'm upside down and underwater!(less)
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Tara Gilboy
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. I was excited to read this book because the premise sounded so fun: a surfing novel! What a great, light summer read. As soon as I started though, I was completely taken aback (in the best possible way!) by how layered this novel is. It is SO much more than a novel about surfing. Anna is a complex and layered protagonist, and I love the way Kaltman weaves in subplots about Anna’s relationship with her mother, troubles with her best friend Myra, and an exciting and complicated roma ...more
Margo
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You might live miles from the beach and never even seen a surfboard in real life (forget "Gidget"), but after reading Alice Kaltman's delightful new young adult novel, WAVEHOUSE, you may be tempted to grab a board and paddle out beyond the break in order to experience first-hand the lyrical world and ambiance of surfing she describes so eloquently in rich, powerful language. The settings are detailed and vivid; she obviously knows whereof she writes. The voice of the narrator, Anna, is spot-on f ...more
Mischa Thrace
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cinderella on a surfboard!

It’s impossible not to fall in love with Anna when her first words are a completely relatable explanation of what she calls the disease of shyness. But Anna is more than just a shy girl - she’s also a tough girl. Even though she doesn’t like being watched, and even though her mother makes it difficult, Anna loves the water and her passion for surfing permeates each scene, but never in a way that is alienating to non-surfers.With a well-developed cast of characters, a vi
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T.M. Hall
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was totally drawn into this novel with not only the fantastic sporty scenes describing surfing and surf culture, but also the very authentic issues poor Anna found herself in - angst with her mum, her best friend, then issues with trust and first love and first kiss, and deciding on her future, plus getting through performance anxiety and a terminally shy personality trait. The writing style was excellent too, and the pace was fast, so that I read it in almost one sitting, unable to stop at th ...more
Marcia
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m so glad I was able to get hold of an early copy of Wavehouse—such a great read! Although it was a cold and rainy week, it was easy to forget my surroundings as I became completely immersed in the sandy warmth of this coastal setting. The descriptions and character developments were spot on. I especially enjoyed the poignant mother/daughter relationship between Anna and her young, single mom, Sara. Anna’s shyness, hesitant dip into first love, and reluctance to let her skills shine were belie ...more
Lilly Charysma
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that give you a certain feeling while reading it, that general feeling that a reader gets when opening a book for the first time (before going into the story). The timing for this blog tour was perfect! I’m getting ready for a short vacation at the sea so this is the perfect book to prepare myself for exactly that. Because it made me feel so relaxed, it made me thing of waves and how they sound. I could smell the sand and warmth.

With this opening, I will get into the a
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Kristin Crouch
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Alice Kaltman and Fitzroy Books for providing collabookation with an ARC for review.
Warehouse is the epitome of a perfect summer read ~ a budding romance, some family and friendship struggles, and an evolving main character.
Anna is painfully shy, and happy to occupy a very small space in the world. But the world has more in store for her, and Wavehouse is the wonderful tale of her meeting her future. For a girl who has grown up watching her mom, a serial monogamist, get her heart
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Sara
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
JUDGE THIS BOOK BY ITS GORGEOUS COVER! I knew Kaltman had written an irresistible novel when my (then) 12 year old son picked up my copy fresh from her launch and devoured it in 24 hours. For good reason: this is one immersive read. Kaltman -- whom up to this point I'd admired for her wonderful, adult short fiction -- showcases her range with this YA story of Anna Dugan and her cast of family and friends in the beach town of Kendall's Watch. Read it for the compelling characters, read it for the ...more
Peachy
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The world is your oyster, and don’t you forget it."



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Francie
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The perfect YA novel- characters I truly cared about, a story line that had a good number of unexpected twists, and a terrific read that kept me up far too late two nights in succession because I just couldn't put it down. I particularly loved watching our young female athlete come into her own. Grab this book, throw it in your bag, and get ye to a beach!
Robyn
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun and compelling YA read, a much-needed story about girls in sports. I read this in one day. Well, really in one evening. It sucked me in and I couldn't put it down. I learned so much about the world of surfing. Every character was fleshy and perfectly drawn and appealing. Anna was a great heroine. Just all-around wonderful book!
Laura Geringer Bass
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A super shy teen surfer braves ten foot waves, a stormy relationship with her single mom and the tumultuous tides of first love in this poignant debut YA coming-of-age story. I cheered for Anna aka The Surfing Siren and readers will too as she faces down her inner demons and overcomes her fears to let her gifts as an athlete and artist shine. (You'll want to draw your own Wavehouse too.) A stirring exploration of the sustaining power of a young girl’s growing trust in herself, her friendships, a ...more
Wendy F
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I loved Wavehouse! It was everything I look for in a YA book. It had a really unique main character I adored, but who sometimes ticked me off. (Just like the people I love in real life.) It also had an interesting romance with a sexy surfer, but without allowing the love affair to take over the plot and overshadow Anna’s personal challenges. There was a fascinating family standing behind Anna, who were all flawed but extremely beloved. And it had a wonderful female friendship between Anna and he ...more
Ilse O'Brien
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic story...loved the surfer culture, the relationship between Anna and her BFF and also with her grandfather. Finished this one in 1 day! A perfect summer read. Rec'd for Grades 9 and up.
Liz
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this YA novel complete with a compelling, complex protagonist, a budding summer romance, and unexpected plot twists. I couldn't put it down! A perfect summer read.
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