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- Narrated by: Raven Dauda
- Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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Sixteen-year-old Tamera lives in La Cresta, a rural fishing community on a Caribbean island. Despite having the support of relatives, including her dad, Earl, her elder sister, Mary, and her best friend and first cousin, Jan, she struggles to deal with her mom’s mental health issues and the absence of her boyfriend, Dalton, who moves out of the village to work. Tamera’s life is further complicated after one of her classmates disappears, and weeks turn to months without any word of the missing girl’s whereabouts. Life gets even more challenging after Tamera suffers a personal loss. This difficulty draws her and Dalton closer, but his long absences remain a test with which the young couple must contend.
Tamera doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, but she feels as if her closest friends are moving ahead and leaving her behind. After an environmental disaster wreaks havoc in Tamera’s hometown, she longs to help but doesn’t have any of the required skills to make an impact. With time on her hands to soul search, she makes a life-changing decision that leads her in the path of potential danger. Tamera finds herself at the center of the mystery of her classmate’s disappearance, the resolution of which shocks the people of La Cresta.
What the critics say
“Guevara has written an honest book about the insecurities of growing up, the complexities of family dynamics, the disturbing secrets of a community, and the power of neighbourly love.” (Quill & Quire)
“Guevara neither romanticizes nor sensationalizes island life or the pain involved in growing up. Whether it’s a beloved mother’s lifelong struggle with mental illness, a classmate’s disappearance, or the insecurity and betrayal of first love, she shoots straight from the hip - and heart. Her heroine is gutsy and full of self-doubt. In other words, authentically human.” (Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, author of No Place Strange, Clinic Day, and Learning Russian)
“Guevara strips off the top layer of the tourist’s Caribbean experience to present a darker but also more realistic version of the beautiful island.” (CM Magazine)