Lemon Reef

Lemon Reef

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by Robin Silverman
     
 

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What would you risk for the memory of your first love?

When Jenna Ross learns her high school love Del Soto died on Lemon Reef, she refuses to accept the official Miami medical examiner’s report of death from natural causes.

Lemon Reef is a realm of glimmering beauty, where marine life triumphs over industrial waste. Jenna and Del dove on it every day

Overview


What would you risk for the memory of your first love?

When Jenna Ross learns her high school love Del Soto died on Lemon Reef, she refuses to accept the official Miami medical examiner’s report of death from natural causes.

Lemon Reef is a realm of glimmering beauty, where marine life triumphs over industrial waste. Jenna and Del dove on it every day during the summer before their tenth grade year, their love for the reef deepening as their passion for each other grew. It is a site of tenacity and wonder that mirrored their own, until they were outed and forced to separate. Even fifteen years later, Jenna knows that Del’s heart could not have given out there.

Heartsick over Del’s death and fearing that Del’s young daughter may be in danger, Jenna risks all she has worked so hard for to return to Miami where she must dive into an excruciating past so that the truth of the present may surface.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602826762
Publisher:
Bold Strokes Books
Publication date:
07/17/2012
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
12.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Robin is a psychologist and she has a law degree. Her previous publications have been on such topics as family violence, gender and sexuality, and alternative families. Robin lives in Berkeley, California, with her partner and her son.

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Lemon Reef 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sage320 More than 1 year ago
Seldom does a book with so few pages, approximately 250, contain so many topics. Childhood friendships, sexuality, family relationships, first love, coming out, child endangerment and murder twine around each other creating this story. The wonder is that Robin Silverman is able to do this in an effective manner without confusing the reader completely. Lemon Reef is a complex story. It ties together themes of poverty, abuse and sexual discovery with murder. At times that makes reading the story difficult. There is so much going on in the book that issues are watered down. In the beginning of the book the pacing is uneven and the timeline seems to be confused, but these problems disappear as the story goes on. There are also a number of extraneous scenes that don’t add to the story, but lengthen it and sometimes get in the way. Taking those out would make the story more powerful and to the point. This isn’t an easy book to read because it touches on a number of painful topics. Del suffers from abuse most of her life, first from her family and then from her husband. She has to deal with that as she and Jenna try to come to grips with their sexuality. The girls present a study in contrasts that are too familiar to many people. Del decides to suppress her homosexuality and try to fit into a world where she really isn’t comfortable, while Jenna takes on the struggle to fight for who she is and try to exist in that same world. There is an inevitable sense of doom that hangs over their young love. Many lesbians and gays can identify totally with what the girls go through. Lemon Reef is not a depressing book however. It’s thoughtful and it’s instructive and it’s an interesting story. Sometimes it cuts close to the bone with the emotions it exposes, but ultimately it’s a positive story. Younger people who read it may not understand the angst in the book. In this time when things are beginning to change rapidly for gay people, it’s easy to forget what life was like not so long ago. This isn’t exactly light reading, but it’s good reading and it deserves a chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Review: "Lemon Reef" by Robin Silverman was a real interesting read that displayed many flashbacks of two young ladies...Del(Adeline Soto) and Jenna in through HS. These two were more than just friends... actually Lesbians until it was brought to a stop by Jenna's parents. During this time there was a lost of things going on with Del...the bruises, hygiene, beatings, and custody threats... then there was 70's music...the problems Del had with her mom...Pascales...OMG ..this was really some time! The novel was rather long but if you can stick with it ..."Lemon Reef" does come through ... dealing with a very sensitive subject. As the story moves on Del has died. What happened to her and what will happen to her daughter Khila? Will Talon get custody of Khila? This is a fiction book about well you will simply have to pick up this novel for yourself.......off the chain...really some read. Also there is Jenna.. and even Talon. Now, I will stop at this point and say you must pick up "Lemon Reef" to find out what will happen to these people and what was so great about the 'Lemon Reef'? You will see there are no easy answers to this novel...only leaving you saying.... Wow! I am not sure I found this a great read for me but a good one that had many twist and turns and that will keep you turning the pages until the end. You will have to keep up or you may get lost and you don't want to do that! There was a lot of characters...some were really interesting people that made this storyline come together...from Jenna, Katie, Del, Norma, Gail, Sid, Lance, Pascales, Bea McVee, Margaret Todd, Jason, Dirk Beasley, Alex Sanders, John, Ben Reed, Tar Baby, Ida, Nicole, Sam Kramer, Anne Sloan, Ms Fernandez, Doug Andrews, and Mel, Brian, Donald, Edie, Susan, Andrew, Khila, to Madison and I am sure I have left someone out. You must pick up "Lemon Reef" to find out who that is! In this read you will read...about "reconciling with your past, coming out, being queer, and first love are all beautifully told within a plot that will keep the reader invested and interested." If you are in for a good fiction mystery read that will take you on a emotional roller coaster ride... you have come to the right place for this good read. Also, I believe it is a novel you will never forget!