This is the story of one family, one dreamy summer – the summer when everything changes. In a holiday house by the sea, in a big, messy family, one teenager watches as brothers and sisters, parents and older cousins fill hot days with wine and games and planning a wedding. Enter the Goddens – irresistible, charming, languidly sexy Kit and surly, silent Hugo. Suddenly there’s a serpent in this paradise – and the consequences will be devastating. From bestselling, award-winning author Meg Rosoff comes a lyrical and quintessential coming-of-age tale – a summer book that’s as heady, timeless and irresistible as Bonjour Tristesse and I Capture the Castle but as sharp and fresh as Normal People.
“Meg Rosoff has the gift of being able to talk to the reader with a directness that goes like an arrow to the heart” – The Times
“No one writes the way Rosoff does – as if she’s thrown away the rules. I love her fizzy honesty, her pluck, her way of untangling emotion through words” – Daily Telegraph
“A magical and utterly faultless voice” – Mark Haddon
“Like Ephron, Rosoff has a lightness of touch, and is also a clever comic writer: her dialogue is sharp, her characters keenly observed and ruthlessly well realised” – The Sunday Times