If you’re a teenager in a small, rural area, how do you exist when your eccentric, free-spirited parents are the town freaks everyone laughs at?
For sixteen-year-old Rainbow Honeywell—or Rain, as she insists on being called—the answer was to become the queen of all pranks. She never wanted to be a troublemaker, but the label quickly stuck when everyone in Huntsville, Kansas, became a target. All she wanted was to deflect the negative attention off her parents, but Rain’s plan backfired to the max, landing her in a heap of trouble with the local authorities and expelled from high school.
An unexpected inheritance offers Rain an opportunity for a new beginning when she and her family move across the country to the quaint beach community of Turtle Bay, Florida.
Determined to make the best of her second chance, Rain vows to walk the straight and narrow, hoping her parents will fly under the radar while she soaks up some fun in the sun, sandy beaches, and hot, tanned guys. Unfortunately, she picks the wrong new friends, and a late night party lands her back in the kind of trouble she had been hoping to avoid. As the newbie in town with a record, Rain takes the brunt of the punishment when an unforgiving judge chooses to make an example out of her and slaps her with enough community service hours to keep her busy until she is old and gray.
Facing the harsh reality of paying for the actions of others while atoning for her own past sins, Rain is paired up with Josh Shaw, a judgmental local lifeguard whose love for the beach and the environment is eclipsed only by his distaste for those who trash it. As far as Josh is concerned, Rain is guilty and got what she deserved, regardless of her side of the story. To make matters worse, a tropical storm sits in the Atlantic, threatening to wreak havoc on the small beach community.
Things slowly change as Rain begins to appreciate her surroundings through Josh’s eyes, proving she is not the person he thinks she is. Their feelings for one another blossom as the tropical storm grows into a hurricane and bears down on Turtle Bay. With impending danger looming, the small beach community must come together in order to ride out the storm.
Casey’s Thoughts <3<3<3<3<3
There is something about YA. It doesn’t matter your age, where you’re from, or anything else, these are the books that make you fall in love with reading. Tiffany King’s, Turtle Bay, is no exception.
At some point in our lives our parents have embarrassed us to no end. Rain feels this way about her parents because let’s just say they march to the beat of their own drum. She tries to take the focus off of them in her Kansas town, and gets into trouble. When her parents are left a house in Turtle Bay, they see it is a chance for her to start over. She’s not excited at all, but soon realizes this place isn’t so bad.
Once in Turtle Bay, she looks for a job, relaxes at the beach, and even makes a few friends. These friends lead to a turn of events in her summer, and will also bring someone into Rain’s life that understands her and her family completely.
Turtle Bay is a story of family, accepting it’s okay to be different, tragedy, natural disaster, love, and hope. If you are looking for a read that is jam packed with emotions this is the book for you!