This second-to-last book in the long-running Alice McKinley series features even-keeled heroine Alice the summer before she goes away to college. She and her faithful besties Pamela, Liz, Gwen, and Yolanda have all scored great summer jobs on board a Chesapeake Bay cruise ship, and all five of them are eager to have one last adventure together before they go their separate ways in the fall.
At first, Alice’s summer on the seas is a dream; despite the hard work, she is enjoying all of the excursions in port towns around the Bay and cutting loose with her friends and new coworkers. Stormy weather is on the horizon, however, when personal drama and trouble with the ship begin to bob to the surface. Pamela’s mother is dragging her daughter into a boatload of trouble, rules are broken, Alice’s first love Patrick is jetting off to Spain without so much as a goodbye text, and the ship itself might be in serious financial and mechanical trouble.
Will Alice and her girlfriends be able to weather the storm and salvage their last summer together? As always, the Alice McKinley series is filled with warm and realistic stories of friendship and love (flaws and all), and readers will be sad to say goodbye to Alice next year when the final book is published.
Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland, USA. 288 pages Ages 14 and up