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The Highest Tide - Jim Lynch I bought Jim Lynch's The Highest Tide when it was an Amazon Kindle Deal of the Day, thinking it would be a great book for my oldest. It features a 13-year-old main character living in the Pacific Northwest, where her cousins live.::: The Plot :::Miles O'Malley is a 13-year-old with a lot on his plate. His parents are having trouble with their marriage; he's far shorter than most boys his age, to his father's horror; and his best friend is an elderly woman with a degenerative disease, and he's trying to help her remain in her home independently. He spends most of his time on the beaches near his home, and when strange things start washing up and he discovers them, his life gets even more complicated.::: This Is Not a YA Novel :::You get to the point where you see 13-year-old protagonist and assume it's a middle grade or young adult novel, and most of the reviewers on GoodReads seem to put it there. The Highest Tide doesn't quite fit the bill, however. Miles is precocious for his age, and nearly obsessed with the beach and the life he finds there. His life as he knows it is coming apart at the seams, and he's looking to the beach for signs, but he's not sure what they should be.The things Miles is finding -- and the eventual reason he was probably finding them -- are an allegory for the changes in his life, and while young teens might initially be drawn to the character, the rich language and complicated themes keep this from being the quick read most YA readers are used to.For adults, however, The Highest Tide is an amazing read. The language takes you to the beaches of the Pacific Northwest, and you feel every bit of Miles' confusion over the changes in his life.This review originally appeared on

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