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The Tribes of Palos Verdes

Fourteen-year-old Medina Mason despairs as her parents’ marriage disintegrates, her twin brother grows distant, and other girls shun her. While her heart-surgeon-to-the-stars father takes up with tennis-skirted bimbos, and her mother doubles her weight bingeing on angel food cake smothered in peanut butter, Medina embraces surfing with a ferocious intensity — and a hidden agenda: No one can see her crying in the waves. First-time novelist Nicholson has captured the California-coast culture of surfing cliques, the ”tribes” of the ultracool Bayboys, and the ornamental towel girls who open their beers. Medina, a gawky lone surfer girl, shows what it’s like to feel ”6 million years old” way before your time. A-

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