Corner of Ocean and Bay by Gina Azzi
Publication date: June 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Nessa Moore has sought reliable stability since her father’s death. Now, she’s over it. Tired of always being the mature adult, constantly worrying about her alcoholic mother, stressing about being able to afford college, she wants to have one normal, carefree, fun summer. And be more like her best friend Jacie.
Jacie Hayes is struggling to overcome the recent breakup with her first love. The one that ripped out her heart and left her devastated. Frustrated and bored with her own self pity, Jacie wants nothing more than to forget about Dylan, to go back to her old ways, her old self. To be the fun loving, live-in-the-moment girl who gossips about boys and sips mojitos.
Best friends since childhood, Nessa and Jacie have been through all their ups and downs together. No matter what. Now, the summer before their senior year of high school, they accept an invitation from Jacie’s aunt to join her in Lockwood Quay, New Jersey, a summer beach getaway.
Determined to make this their best, most memorable, summer yet, both girls push their own boundaries, accept new challenges, and find themselves keeping secrets from each other.
But sometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone has consequences.
And some secrets can’t be forgiven.
When I give myself the once over in the mirror, I notice the high flush in my
cheeks. I’m nervous, excited. The last time I had this look, Dylan was taking me to dinner
for our one-year anniversary. I was so excited for that dinner that I changed my dress four
times. Finally, my mother had convinced me to stay in my first choice.
Is tonight a date?
At nine fifteen, I enter The Tackle Box, relieved that I left home before Aunt B
came back from her card game. Or was it bingo? It would be tough to explain where I
was going without Nessa tagging along. The Tackle Box is dark and smoky. Small
lanterns flicker every few feet. There is a guy and girl duo on a small stage in the corner,
playing guitar and singing. The booths have high backs, allowing customers privacy
while they eat. I scan the restaurant, looking for Dave. It’s difficult to see anyone clearly
with the high, closed-off booths. Dave must have spotted me though because I see him as
he stands up and starts waving at me.
“Hey,” I say, kissing his cheek in greeting.
“Thought you stood me up,” he jokes. So, this is a date.
“Never. I just had to be fashionably late.”
He laughs. “You’re so refreshing, Jacie.”
I think I beam at him. Ugh, stop cheesing so hard.
When I sit across from Dave in the booth, I notice he has already ordered drinks, a
beer for him and a mojito for me. I raise my eyebrows at him and he winks back. Well,
I’ve never been known to turn down a drink.
“Cheers,” I say, raising my glass to him.
Gina Azzi spent all of her childhood summers at the beach in New Jersey - it was magical! Gina is a passionate reader, frequent globetrotter, and coffee enthusiast. She currently resides in Dubai with her husband, Tony.
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