Evie‘s stepfather returns from fighting in WWII and at first it seems like things are back to normal. But when he suddenly whisks the family away for a vacation in Florida, Evie begins to realize that all is not what it seems.
This book made me think of one word: yearn. Evie, our main character, wants so badly to grow up and be loved and to be beautiful. She wants to be an adult and understand the aftermath of WWII and her parents and the hushed conversations all the adults in her life seem to have. She yearns for so many things and grasps a few in the end. A few others, though, fall right through her fingers.