Kaui Hart Hemmings (The Descendants) released a new young adult book this month entitled Juniors. In the story, the main character, Lea Lane, is a junior in high-school who has just moved back to Hawaii from California with her actress mother. They are invited to move into the guest house on the estate of an uber-rich family friend. The Wests, whose grounds they are staying on, have a beautiful daughter the same age as Lea and a gorgeous older brother who is a senior. The father, in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s, and the slightly manic mother add to the mixed emotions Lea feels while navigating life at her high school, Punahou, and her new home. In Juniors, Lea finds out who she truly is amid the backdrop of sand, surf, and swaying palms.
Juniors is a fun summer (or anytime) read that flies along at a good pace and explores issues of gender, socioeconomic, and identity roles. Surfer girls of all ages will enjoy.