Book: Dark Water by Laura Mcneal
Pages: 256 Pages
Publisher: Knopf Books
Date Released: September 14, 2010
Fifteen-year-old Pearl DeWitt and her mother live in Fallbrook, California, where it’s sunny 340 days of the year, and where her uncle owns a grove of 900 avocado trees. Uncle Hoyt hires migrant workers regularly, but Pearl doesn’t pay much attention to them . . . until Amiel. From the moment she sees him, Pearl is drawn to this boy who keeps to himself, fears being caught by la migra, and is mysteriously unable to talk. And after coming across Amiel’s makeshift hut near Agua Prieta Creek, Pearl falls into a precarious friendship—and a forbidden romance.
Then the wildfires strike. Fallbrook—the town of marigolds and palms, blood oranges and sweet limes—is threatened by the Agua Prieta fire, and a mandatory evacuation order is issued. But Pearl knows that Amiel is in the direct path of the fire, with no one to warn him, no way to get out. Slipping away from safety and her family, Pearl moves toward the dark creek, where the smoke has become air, the air smoke.
I really enjoyed this read! The author really knows how to reel a reader in. This modern tale of Romeo and Juliet was quite fascinating. The main character, Pearl, was someone who I could really relate to. She's a really easy going person and she's definitely not perfect. She has family troubles like most people and it is written realistically. I actually cried when I read this and I never cry when I read books. I give this beautiful story an 4.5 Stars.
Grade: 4.5 Stars