Carmie Hoffman is ready for everything to change. She wants to lose 20 pounds and be a beautiful girl. She wants someone to think she’s special. She wants to move out of the Valley and stop worrying about her clinically depressed mother, who’s tired and sad almost all of the time. Then, out of nowhere, she sees her opening—when her best friend convinces her mother to drive them to Malibu Beach, Carmie’s tired, sad, and oh-so-old mom grabs a surfboard and impresses even the locals! That’s when Carmie learns that her mom had a secret life before Carmie—a life where she was a Malibu surfer. Carmie knows that she was meant to learn this. That she and her mom were meant to move to Malibu and form a surfing dynasty with some of the surfing legends her mom used to hang out with. In her movie notebook, Carmie writes herself a starring role as a glamorous, gorgeous surf star. But not everything is as easy as it is in the movies, and Carmie learns that her mom is a much more complicated and wonderful person than she ever knew.
From the Hardcover edition.
About Leah Komaiko
Leah Komaiko is the author of many popular picture books for children, including the best-selling Annie Bananie, Earl’s Too Cool for Me, and Aunt Elaine Does the Dance from Spain. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Published by Laurel Leaf Dec 24, 2008| 256 Pages| Young Adult| ISBN 9780307538147
"This is a really wonderful book about finding your self esteem and your way. I loved the mother. I loved Carmie. They were so real and vulnerable and right on. It made me long for Malibu and mother-daughter relationships and the days the surfer legends had at easier, softer times. I sent it to my God-daughter who has struggled with self esteem and I said, "here it is, Babe. Your summer read. Read this!"" –Jamie Lee Curtis