Although not as emotionally draining as the previous book in the series, Carlson's latest is still rather heavy. Themes of teenage drinking are quite relevant, but the tone may come across as preachy to the intended young adult readers. The gorgeous Mexican locale is beautifully described.

Maddie Chase and her Aunt Sid are leaving the cold Washington winter for a fun break in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Although their timeshare is not as nice as they had imagined, the women are pleasantly surprised when Sid's friend Ian arrives from Ireland with Maddie's crush Ryan in tow.

Ryan runs into Shelby, an old friend from high school, who seems to drink quite a bit, but he still seems to be attracted to her. Can Maddie enjoy her vacation in the midst of all this drama? (WATERBROOK, Aug., 256 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel