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Willa and Taylor were supposed to spend the summer after high school sailing from Ohio to Key West with their best friend, Finley. But when Finley dies just before graduation, the two girls are left with a twenty-five-foot sailboat, a list of clues leading them to destinations along the way, and a friendship that’s hanging by a thread.

 

Now, Willa and Taylor have two months and two thousand miles to discover how life works without Finley—and to decide if their own friendship is even worth saving.

From acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a poignant tale of forgiveness, grief, and the brilliant discoveries we make within ourselves when we least expect it.

PRAISE FOR START HERE

"A great summer read combining a story of friendship, soul-searching, and an epic road trip." 

– School Library Journal

"Doller effectively tackles the difficult emotions that come with losing your best friend.." 

– Kirkus Reviews

"Doller takes the classic road-trip trope and gives it a seafaring twist." 

– Booklist

"It’s sweet, sometimes a little sad, but still a fun and easy read with all the traits I look for in a summery story."

– Forever Young Adult at Kirkus Reviews

HONORS

Florida Book Award Gold Medalist 2019

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2020

Michigan Great Lakes Great Books 2019-20

author of books for adults and young adults