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Rock the Boat

Rock the Boat

Author(s): Beck Dorey-Stein

Location(s): New Jersey

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

Old friends discover how much has changed (and how much has stayed the same) when they reunite in their seaside hometown for one unforgettable summer—a clever and poignant debut novel from the New York Times bestselling author of From the Corner of the Oval

Life doesn’t always go to plan. Sometimes that’s just what you need.

When Kate Campbell’s life in Manhattan suddenly implodes, she is forced to return to Sea Point, the small town full of quirky locals, quaint bungalows, and beautiful beaches where she grew up. With every intention (and a three-point plan) of winning back what she’s lost, Kate needs one summer at home to prove she’s worthy of New York.

Meanwhile, Miles Hoffman–aka “The Prince of Sea Point”–has also returned home to show his mother that he’s capable of taking over the family business, and he’s promised to help his childhood best friend, Ziggy Miller, with his own financial struggles at the same time. Kate, Miles, and Ziggy converge in Sea Point just as the town faces an identity crisis of its own when a developer tries to cash in on its potential. As the summer swells, white lies, and long-buried secrets prove as corrosive as the salt air, threatening to forever erode not only the bonds between the three friends but also the landscape of the beachside community they call home.

Full of heart and humor, Rock the Boat is a joyful and compelling portrait of coming of age, revealing just how far back we must go in order to move forward.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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