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The Tribes of Palos Verdes by Joy Nicholson
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Apr 12, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult
Read in January, 2007

Man, this book was dark in the darkest sense. Not witches or supernatural dark, but rather, the worst kind of dark: reality. Nicholson's protagonist is a deeply misunderstood, angry, unloved rich girl with an absent father, and a mother who is obsessed with the protagonist's twin brother. This story is a downward spiral that starts with barely a drop of hope and ends with less than you thought imaginable, demonstrating the true wickedness and utter despair that abundant wealth can buy.

However, Nicholson writes almost poetically, in short one to two page excerpts, that effectively tell the story through a lost girl's eyes, searching every direction for a life preserver, and only finding her surfboard as the single thread to her sanity.


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