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Ned VizziniNew Jersey is a teenage state: it looks awkward in places, has questionable ethics from time to time and plays perennial underdog to New York. Perhaps this is why it's home to so much good young adult literature, to which we can add Beth Ann Bauman's novel, Rosie and Skate. Set on the Jersey Shore after the tourists have gone home, the novel uses the empty storefronts and windy beaches of autumn to explore loss, confusion and love as two sisters struggle with their alcoholic father and try out adult roles they are not quite ready for…Impressively, this novel never condescends to younger readers. In capturing the miscues of first love and shifting family dynamics, Rosie and Skate is as sharp as a splinter on the boardwalk.
—The New York Times