“The novel uses the empty storefronts and windy beaches of autumn to explore loss, confusion and love.” —The New York Times Book Review.
It's off-season at the Jersey shore. The boardwalk belongs to the locals—including Rosie and Skate, sisters who are a year apart in age but couldn't be more different. Rosie's fifteen, shy, and waiting for her life to begin. Skate, sixteen, is tougher and knows what she wants. Readers will be totally caught up as the sisters' story plays out within the embrace of their quirky, warmhearted community.
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Lexile:||HL590L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Beth Ann Bauman is the author of a short story collection for adults, Beautiful Girls, and a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. Growing up, she spent summers on the Jersey shore. She lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was an amazing story, that I absolutely loved and wish it never ended. It's my new favorite book, and wish Beth Ann Bauman will make more stories like this one. I will be reading her next books shortly, and this is a very intriguing story to read. Amazing work, and you should read this ASAP!!!
Rosie and Skate are sisters. Rosie is a worrier, mostly concerned with holding things together at home and making a good impression. Skate is a free spirit, mostly interested in riding her skateboard down the boardwalk and spending as much time as possible with her boyfriend, Perry. The one thing Rosie and Skate have in common is their alcoholic father. Rosie finds comfort in attending a support group for teens with alcoholic parents. She thinks it would help Skate come to terms with their father's problem, but Skate thinks the meetings are too full of drama. When their father ends up in jail, Rosie visits him regularly, but again Skate doesn't join her. Both girls are in high school but live very different lives. Rosie lives at home with an aunt who has come to stay while Dad is incarcerated. Skate lives with Julia, her boyfriend Perry's mom, or with Frank, her boss at the arcade. Perry is away at college, and their long-distance romance is becoming shaky at best. ROSIE AND SKATE is the story of two sisters finding their way in a not-so-perfect situation. Both care deeply for each other; however, each is dealing with adversity in her own individual style. Despite the sometimes rocky times, the story is filled with concerned and caring people ready to help one another and give each other needed support. Beth Ann Bauman is the author of a collection of short stories for adults, so this is her first foray into the YA arena. Her writing flows smoothly and evenly and was a pleasure to read. The characters jumped off the page for me and seemed realistic and believable. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
What a wonderful Young Adult novel Ms. Bauman has written. Found myself back in my youth through these wonderful characters. Loved the fact that we get the perspective of both Rosie and Skate, the reader sees just how different even sisters can see things. Look forward to more works by this author.
Got to read an advance copy. Sweet book, well written, full of likeable character. One of the best new YA books so far this year.