The coming of age story of small town girl Julia DeSmit. Living through the rejection and stigma of a mother who doesn't care about her and deserts her at age nine, losing her beloved father as a young teenager and unrequited young love. Looking to escape she enrolls in an out of town college in the engineering program hoping to remake herself.
Not really fitting in and struggling to get through her classes she ends up making friends with a teacher's assistant in one of her classes. This friendship, how the past shaped her and a reunion with an old friend culminate to bring her to decisions that will change her life forever.
For a first novel, the author skillfully brings the emotions and feelings of being a young woman looking for herself to a believeable, relatable story. There were parts of the story where I actually "felt" what the character was feeling. Interesting and engaging, I look forward to the second book continueing the life of Julia.