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Simon and Schuster, Jul 10, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
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A summer disappointment turns into a cross-country discovery.

Robin can't believe it when her boyfriend, Chris, tells her that his parents have enrolled him in a summer program in Rome. It's their last summer together before he goes away to college, and now they won't even have that time together. It feels like the worst thing that's ever happened to her.
     Since Chris is leaving, Robin agrees to join her aunt and cousins on a cross-country road trip, in spite of her reservations -- she and her younger cousins have never really gotten along, and since their father's death they've become even more problematic than before.
     Soon the four of them are zigzagging through the West on an eye-opening journey. They explore parts of the country Robin never dreamed existed -- and she discovers inner resources she never imagined she had.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A rural teen finds inner strength in this satisfying journey through America. Robin's boyfriend is spending his summer before college in Rome. Crushed, Robin opts out of her summer job at the Tastee ... Read full review

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User Review  - Isa V. - Borders

This novel is amazing. I really liked it a lot because I can relate to the female protagonist. This book is about hard love and how life changes. It’s more of a girl book because we can relate a lot ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of the teen novels Parrotfish, Blind Faith, Sandpiper, Heart on My Sleeve, Zigzag, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award winner), and its sequel Love & Lies: Marisol’s Story. She has a bachelor’s degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an MFA from the University of Iowa. A former children’s librarian, she lives with her husband in Haydenville, Massachusetts.

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