Lexie is ten years old, and this is the first year that Lexie's mom won't be joining Lexie and Daddy at the beach house for vacation. That's because, at the end of the summer last year, Lexie's parents got divorced. Lexie lives with her mom, but she spends weekends with Daddy, and she's looking forward to having a whole week with him, at the beach. Then Vicky shows up, and Lexie didn't even know Daddy was dating her, or that Vicky was coming to the beach, let alone that Vicky and her two sons would be spending the entire week with them.
I ended up really, really liking this. It's a quiet, introspective kind of book. Lexie's feelings come across plain as day, and they're not overblown, not dramatic. But she's hurt, and she's disappointed. Her dad isn't trying to hurt her, but he isn't handling any of this in the right way--keeping secrets, making plans without Lexie's input--and Lexie doesn't throw tantrums, but, as she says, someone has to stand up for Lexie, and it's going to have to be her. I also appreciated both of Vicky's sons, and how clear it is that they're both having problems with the situation, too, without making it their story. Actually, all of the characters are well-drawn, even down to Lexie's mother, who really only has a very bit part.