Annie has always been the good daughter of the family and is the one that is always lending a hand and bending over backwards. When Annie’s sister Dana goes into rehab she doesn’t hesitate to take in her thirteen-year-old niece Summer despite her lover recently moving into her home. Annie remembers a sweet young niece who was a joy to be with. What she gets is a wild, pierced, and very angry teenager who fights her every step of the way. Will Annie and Summer find their way or will the forces that made them who they are tear them apart?
Fairly quick pace and simple plot make this a quick read. Annie & Summer are developed enough that we get a small taste of what has happened to them in the past. The novel has a tense feeling throughout as the reader cringes and worries about Annie and her blind faith that everything will be ok. The setting is not integral to the plot. 2005, 298 pages.