This a story of a young girl, Christine Cook who is experiencing her first love with a boy named Adam. It just so happens to be a forbidden first love. Adam has just arrived at a refugee camp in Oswego, New York for Jewish people fleeing from Yugoslavia. Christine is forbidden to go to the refugee camp by her father. She disobeys his wishes and becomes friends with Adam. She soon develops her first crush on him. She gets an indescribable feeling when she is with him and soon discovers that she is in love with him. Through the school year she continually sneaks to the refugee camp to see him, until they both finally realize that they can not continue seeing each other because of the harm it is causing Christine?s family.
This is an amazing book for young girls who are experiencing their first love. The story is beautifully told with out containing any graphic material and leaving just enough to the imagination. Christine shows girls how to deal with the insecurities they are facing in their lives. Christine?s true self is portrayed by being described as strong, and adventurous, which both of these apply to many teenage girls. I think all teen girls should read this book by Miriam Bat-Ami, because of the adventure it sends you on as a reader and the ending that seems very appropriate.