On an island where regular people go to spend their summer vacations, there lives an ever-growing group of gorgeous and mysterious blonde Girls. They have no family, and no history, and each one only stays for a few years. They are not interested in most men, but there is a certain type of boy that they are all always looking for. Sam is one of those boys. His father’s eccentric idea to quit work and drag Sam and his brother to the beach for the summer has brought Sam to this place of Girls. He immediately does not trust the fact that they are desperate for him, an average high school boy, but they easily overlook his star-athlete frat-boy brother. When one of the Girls connects with him at a party, he starts to investigate the mystery behind them. Slowly he begins to unfold a story of imprisonment, heartbreak, and magic.
First, a warning: this book is for older readers, as it includes mature language and situations. This story is so vividly told that you will feel as if you are walking the hazy shoreline right next to Sam every day. The mystery surrounding the Girls is rooted in an old and classic fairytale, but told from the perspective of the innocent mortal who gets caught in the middle of an ancient curse. Sam starts out as a typical high school guys who is influenced by his simple-minded friends, but comes through at the end a completely changed and emotionally complex character. This is not your standard fairy-tale retelling, but it is a good one and a good coming-of-age tale as well.