When Georgia and her best friend, Riley, travel along with nine other suburban Pennsylvania kids to Anapra, a squatters' village in the heat-flattened border city of Juarez, Mexico, secrets seem to percolate and threaten both a friendship and a life. Certainties unravel. Reality changes. And Georgia is left to figure out who she is outside the world she's always known.
Beth Kephart paints a world filled with emotion, longing, and the hot Mexican sun.
I have very mixed feelings on this book. In some ways, I loved it. In others, I just really didn't like it at all.
I love how Kephart creates wonderful settings and characters. Both Georgia and Riley are amazing characters. They aren't fake characters - they have problems, and they aren't afraid to admit that. The one thing that I really love about Kephart's characters is that they aren't all perfect. They know that they have physical flaws, and personality flaws, and they don't think that they're perfect.
The only thing that I didn't really like about this book was how slow and forced it was. I couldn't get into the storyline until halfway through the book. And throughout the whole thing, the writing seemed forced. I don't know what it is about it, but it just didn't seem natural to me.
Overall, it's an amazing book if you can get past the forced writing and slow beginning. C+.