From two extraordinary authors comes a moving, exuberant, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters.
Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads.
When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friendsand possibly, one day, even sisters.
But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can't imagine life without each other, will the two girls (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family?
About the Author
Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent her childhood living in Holland; Istanbul, Turkey; Washington, D.C.; Berkeley, California; and Eugene, Oregon. After graduating from Wellesley College and spending some time as an advertising copywriter, she began writing family feature films, including Angels in the Outfield and Made in America. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Counting by 7s and Short, among other novels.Meg Wolitzer was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in the town of Syosset, on Long Island, and sold her first novel, Sleepwalking, while a senior in college. She is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous novels for adults, including The Interestings, The Ten-Year Nap, The Wife, and The Female Persuasion; the young adult novel Belzhar; and the middle-grade novel The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Avery (Night Owl) and Bett (Dogfish) were totally unaware of each other until their fathers met on a business trip. The two men fell in love and decided their daughters should meet. The relationship began when Avery and Bett learned about the plan to have them officially meet at a summer camp in Michigan called CIGI. Their fathers believe that this STEM based summer science camp would be the perfect place for the girls to "accidentally" become best friends. In fact, their fathers believed there will eventually be a wedding making the two girls sisters. As they say "the best laid plans" don't always end as desired. It doesn't take long for Avery (afraid of deep water and countless other dangers) and Bett (animal lover and surfer) to be expelled from the camp. At the same time their fathers, on a motorcycle tour of China, find out they may not be meant for each other. Self-discovery and plenty of hilarity follow as the girls do become best friends despite the craziness that surrounds them and their families. All of their adventures are detailed in emails and letters written by them and others. Authors Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer have teamed up to create a delightful tale. Using their own close friendship as inspiration, their characters and situations are quirky and sure to entertain readers from start to finish.