The Line Tender by Kate Allen
And when you read it, you feel like it picked you?
The Line Tender is a book of many things. A moving recital of the stages of grief. Fascinating glimpse into the world of sharks and marine ecosystems. Description of a friendship which may be something more. Above all, it's story of a girl who discovers a part of herself that she never expected to find.
Lucy Everhart lives in a small town on the Massachusetts Coast. Her father is a member of the Salem Police dive team. Her mother, a marine biologist with a special interest in sharks died five years ago of a brain aneurysm. She and her next-door neighbor Fred are inseparable. Recently they undertook a monumental summer project: creating a field guide documenting Rockport animals. Fred, the detail-oriented science nerd writes the copy. Lucy illustrates.
Without warning, Fred dies in a tragic drowning accident.
Lucy’s narrative is raw, painful, and honest. Her struggles to make sense of the deaths of her friend and her mother are revealed in simple details. Her voice is one of wonder, hope and even joy.
Some lines don't break.