Quinn, her older brother Reed, her younger sister Fern, and their neighbor Dylan have always been inseparable. Quinn’s parents run The Hundreds, a summer camp in a cove on the Maine coast, and her summers have always been magical, full of campers, secret wishes hung from the kitchen ceiling, sunrise swims in the Atlantic, blueberries in December, possible sightings of Wessie, the local sea monster, and always, always, Dylan and Reed and Fern, together forever.
Until last summer, when something terrible happened, and Dylan died. Now Reed just grunts and stomps around, Fern drips venom with her eyes and her words and sneaks out to do who-knows-what at night, and Quinn is just… stopped. It’s her fault, what happened that night, and everyone knows who the real monster is, and it’s not Wessie.
Still, Quinn is trying to fix herself, even if she can’t fix what happened. When she finds the barn doors open one morning on the way to school, she’s lured inside, even though she knows what waits for her there. As soon as she sees the Chris-Craft, she knows what she has to do – she has to restore it. With the help of her Nana, best friend Hana, and new boy in town Alexander, who’s trying to figure out a way around his own sadness, Quinn begins to find a way forward for herself, and maybe even her family – if only she’s brave enough to face the deep blue beyond and all the monsters hidden there.
This has been on my teetering TBR pile since last year, but a little nudge from one of our teen volunteers with fabulous book taste moved it into first place for me this week, and ohmygoodness why didn’t I read this sooner?!?!! Also, I’m pretty sure my new retirement plan is moving to Maine and running an oh-so-slightly magical summer camp while hunting for sea monsters in my free time. Everything about this book was as delicious as a ripe blueberry in December. I want to hang out and play board games with Quinn’s family – her parents are fabulous, and I feel like I could get some great knitting tips from her Nana after a serious sanding session. The town of Winship is totally somewhere I’d love to bum around in one summer – all the oddities of a tourist town in winter, and you can just taste the ice cream and lobster right around the corner of spring. And The Hundreds – why, oh why, were none of my summer camp days ever spent in a remote cove with wishes and blueberries and wildflowers and a sea monster?! Also, Greek food. Lots and lots of delicious, homemade Greek food. If you love quirky characters, a story rich with friendship, family, and heart, and just a touch of magic, don’t miss Wild Blue Wonder!