After her grandfather dies, Marin leave leaves for college weeks early, without saying goodbye to anyone. At college, Marin tries to maintain her façade, but spending winter break alone takes its toll, and when her best friend and ex-girlfriend comes to visit, she can no longer hide her grief.
You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…
Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.
Cis girls: Marin, Mabel
Not mentioned in the book. Presumed to be the same as the characters’ sexual orientation.
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