SUMMER IN THE LAND OF SKIN
Anna Medina's life has been on a downward spiral since her father died. She never knew much about him and she's plagued by questions. When her mother finds her naked, near starved and out of it from not sleeping for five days, Anna realizes that she hasn't been living and decides to leave home to search for the answers she needs.
Anna ends up in Bellingham Bay, Washington, where her father's former business partner is. Once she settles in, she finds a new, fulfilling life.
This is a chick lit book that deals with some heavy topics. The pacing starts off slow, and it's hard to get invested in the characters until more than halfway through. Anna is a difficult person to understand. She's not easy to relate to, but you'll root for her to be okay. (Aug., 320 pp., $12.95)