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Condi, the 13 year old girl at the center of the story, was lovely to read about. Her circumstances as well as her determination and eagerness created a well-rounded character that readers of all ages could definitely enjoy and cheer for. Thirteen is such an important age. It is an age where we are not necessarily a child, but also not necessarily a teenager either. I feel that The Aquamarine Surfboard shows the reader the juxtaposition of the in-between time where the magic of childhood hasn't completely diminished as we edge toward the blossoming of getting older.
There is a whole other level to this story that involves the Beachlings, a group of local women, that certainly gives more weight to this story. It shows us Condi's struggles with how her community is changing and the underlying stories beneath the surface of the town and Condi's life. Due to this level of complexity, I see older middle grade readers as well as young adults (and adults, of course) enjoying this story.
There are truly layers to this story, and I believe that Abernathy did a wonderful job in relaying this lovely story to readers. From the magic of living near the water, the eagerness of growing up to the complexity of community - it is all engrossing and results into quite the page-turner. This is definitely a book that needs to be on your list!
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