Back to the Future meets Fast Times at Ridgemont High when Haley’s summer vacation takes a turn for the retro in this totally rad romantic fantasy.
Summer officially sucks. Thanks to a stupid seizure she had a few months earlier, Haley’s stuck going on vacation with her dad and his new family to Disney’s Fort Wilderness instead of enjoying the last session of summer camp back home with her friends. Fort Wilderness holds lots of childhood memories for her father, but surely nothing for Haley. But then a new seizure triggers something she’s never before experienced—time travel—and she ends up in River Country, the campground’s long-abandoned water park, during its heyday.
The year? 1982.
And there—with its amusing fashion, “oldies” music, and primitive technology—she runs into familiar faces: teenage Dad and Mom before they’d even met. Somehow, Haley must find her way back to the twenty-first century before her present-day parents anguish over her disappearance, a difficult feat now that she’s met Jason, one of the park’s summer residents and employees, who takes the strangely dressed stowaway under his wing.
Seizures aside, Haley’s used to controlling her life, and she has no idea how to deal with this dilemma. How can she be falling for a boy whose future she can’t share?
Gaby Triana is the author of many books for young adults, a cake designer, a mother of three boys, and all-around extremely busy person. Her books include Backstage Pass, Cubanita, The Temptress Four, Riding the Universe, and Summer of Yesterday, and have collectively earned an IRA Teen Choice Award, been listed as ALA Best Paperbacks, praised by Booklist, School Library Journal, Kliatt, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and named one of Hispanic Magazine’s Good Reads of 2008.
"A fun-loving, time-traveling trip to the 1980s—all that’s missing is a DeLorean. Whether it’s jelly shoes, Casio watches, or Christopher Atkins, Triana offers a feast of period references that will make adult readers smile (teens may need to do some Googling) . . . [A] sweet, lighthearted summer escape."
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