When Summer Davis is fifteen, her mother leaves. No explanation, no forwarding address, no future contact as Summer grows into adulthood. If that weren't enough for a moody adolescent to deal with, Summer's dad sinks from depression into mental illness, and it is Summer who must care for him as his condition worsens.
As Summer searches for answers to her mother's abandonment and her father's illness, she finds herself postponing her own life. She forgoes the opportunity for graduate study because her father is scheduled for electro-shock therapy treatments. Even when her father appears to be on the road to recovery, Summer finds herself still in limbo.
Sometimes slow, the author kept me interested in the characters. Not all of the resolution rang true for me, but the struggle of an adolescent to deal with a mother's abandonment and a father's illness felt realistic.
My favorite character: Aunt Stella, who had the personality to carry a book on her own.
Fiction. Psychological novel. 2009. 322 pages.