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The Tribes of Palos Verdes by Joy Nicholson
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Dec 22, 2009

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bookshelves: growing-up-different
Read in February, 2010

I received this from a student. Female surfer--what's not to love!?!?!

Now that I've finished it, this is actually a much darker novel than I expected when I heard the protagonist was a female surfer. A theme of the book, sadly, is that a person cannot save anyone but themselves, no matter how much they may love or want to save another. The protagonist values her independence, and as a result she is willing to save herself even if the choices she makes are not popular with her family, her community, etc.
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