From the jacket copy:
From critically acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a gorgeous, hopeful, and heartbreaking novel, set in Cairo, Egypt, about the barriers we tear down for the people and places we love most.
Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.
But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.
With this move, Caroline predicts she’ll spend her time navigating crowded streets, eating unfamiliar food, and having terrible bouts of homesickness. But when she finds instead is a culture that surprises her, a city that astounds her, and a charming, unpredictable boy who challenges everything she thought she knew about life, love, and privilege.
The reviews are stunning. PW praises it for “the complexities of an interfaith, intercultural romance” and calls it “a tender story that’s both realistic and hopeful.” SLJ says “heated romance simmers” and Booklist likes how it “questions and challenges stereotypes”. The Horn Book says “Doller has crafted a respectful guide for anyone interested in understanding a different culture, with a healthy dose of romance and family drama mixed in for good measure.”
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