Caroline Murphy lives on Water Island in the US Virgin Islands. She takes a speedboat to St. Thomas every day for school. Life is not all together pleasant for Caroline though. Her mother has left her and her father and her half-sister from her father's affair has moved nearby. Caroline is treated badly in school by her classmates and her teacher. She has no friends and believes no one loves her. Then she meets Kalinda Frances and falls in love. Even though love between two women is frowned upon in her country and by her religion, she still wants to explore her feelings for Kalinda. She is also determined to find her mother who she believes has been taken by spirits.
This was a real mixed bag for me. I appreciate the message about young love between two girls in a community that really doesn't accept gays. I also appreciate Caroline's exploration of not only her sexuality but her spiritually as well as her place in the world. And I liked the look into the world of St. Thomas and the islands. It is a completely different culture and way of life and I think kids in the states need to be exposed to that. However, I really didn't like the book itself. I didn't enjoy listening to Caroline's story and I thought the whole bit about spirits was out of place. The audiobook is narrated by someone from the islands which makes it more authentic, but I still just couldn't get into this one.