I truly loved this book. It took me back to my time as a pre- teen, discovering boys....discovering myself. I remembered the summer adventures my best friend and I had. I laughed at things I had forgotten. The horror of dressing up and having to wear a rubber girdle in the summer heat. My first bra, my first boyfriend , testing and trusting my instincts. I cried too...tears of sadness and shock. Sally captures those days with a clarity I have not seen before. This was a great read, an ISLAND OF WARMTH in these troubling times. I plan to read it again.