Monday, June 03, 2013

How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Rosie has always been impulsive.  When she sees her ex-boyfriend with his new girlfriend, she is pushed over the edge.  She decides to return to Joey's house that night with a box filled with mementoes from their relationship,  she sets the box on fire in his driveway and walks away.  
On the first day of summer vacation Rosie is not only accused of setting Joey's car on fire, she is also served with a temporary restraining order. She has to stay away from Joey until their court date.  Rosie is not only heartbroken Joey was her first love, but she is angry.  Rosie's parents decide that a cross-country road trip with their neighbors responsible son and two of his friends is just what is needed to keep Rosie out of trouble and away from Joey until their court date. Rosie who wasn't to keen about the trip attempts to hitchhike back home to try to get back together with Joey, when her plan fails she has some second thoughts and decides to try enjoy the trip. She manages to find romance along the way, meet her new best friend and discovers a new way to constructively channel her anger issues.
A good summertime read.  

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