Clicks by Amy Evans
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Clicks – When you just know.
Born and bred to win, Cami’s family expects her to join a secret society called The Guard, marry one of the two identical twin boys next door, and stay on Pinhold Island for the rest of her life. But she has other plans: work beach patrol, win the Surf Carnival and get a sponsor so that she can leave Pinhold to compete in international surf rescue competitions and see the world.
Home to epic waves, black sand beaches, and the world-famous Surf Carnival, Pinhold Island is regularly voted the top surf spot in the country. People come from all over the world to ride the waves or just relax in the natural beauty and rejuvenating water. While visitors are jealous of the few hundred people who get to live there, sixteen year old Cami feels stifled and trapped by her small community and her family's expectations.
Thanks to the intense link she shares with her twin brother Mica, she can't even be alone with her thoughts. As decedents of the ten families who originally settled on Pinhold, Cami and Mica are part of a new generation of extreme surf lifeguards who are expected to earn invitations into The Guard.
But a seemingly small injury knocks her out of the first event and turns her summer upside down. It's suddenly impossible for Cami to resist the magnetic attraction to Blake, one of the twins next door; the one she's never been interested in. Just as the Surf Carnival competition starts to heat up, the best swimmers start to drown. Pulled to the ocean floor, they're found barely alive , stuck in unexplainable comas.
When Mica goes down too, Cami can no longer wait for those in charge to figure out how to help him. To save the lives of her brother and their friends, Cami must ignore what she sees and what she's told, and instead must learn to trust the clicks, her instincts, that help her find the truth in heart even when it goes against everything her brain thinks it knows.
I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting when I decided to be a part of the tour for Clicks by Amy Evans, but not only was the plot creative and well thought out, but the idea was absolutely original. Clicks follows 17-year-old Cami and her journey for the truth through a past shrouded in mystery and deception.
When Pinhold residents start falling prey to an unknown illness involving the vast waters and dolphins, Cami finds herself in a race to save her twins life and figure out what in the world is going on in Pinhold before she and Blake, the boy she loves, becomes the next victims
I’ve got to give Evans props for putting together such an in depth and enthralling novel. Her characters are different and with each page you learn more about the legends of dolphin pods and the children born on the island where swimming and surfing is the main past time.
I loved Cami. She was just enough sweet mixed with the right about of strong willed to make the perfect main character. I think it was awesome how she was such a good swimmer and how she was better than a lot of the guys. It’s rare to find such a strong, fierce, and determined female character.
Her twin, Mica, was cool too. He was snarky and sort of angry, but he loved Cami and they looked out for each other in ways that normal people, or people without the “clicks” can’t. And let’s not forget his best friend, Blake, whom I love to death.
Evans describes him to be incredibly hot and the scenes he and Cami have together are just so sweet. Reading them falling for each other and trying to find this small slice of happiness in the middle of tragedy is really beautiful. But I have to say that the best of the book was by far the intricate plot that will leave you guessing from chapter to chapter.
Clicks is far from predictable and every time you think you know what’s going to happen, bam, twist. I’d definitely recommend Clicks to anyone looking for an intense summer read. Despite the bit of death and pain, the book is rather upbeat and fast pace. Definitely something to bring to the pool or beach!
Amy Evans is a wife, mother, ocean lover and storyteller. She's created multi-platform mobile apps, social media games, and interactive story worlds for HIPnTASTY, a company she co-founded in 2001. She loves dolphins, aliens and pugs, and sometimes writes for so long they all look like the same thing. Clicks is her debut novel about instincts, a Surf Carnival, an endless summer and the hottest beach patrol on the California coast. Clicks are truths you can feel, the sounds that the universe makes when it warns you that your world is about to change forever. If you listen to them, you get on the wave before it crests; control your path, surf into your destiny. If you ignore them, the wave crashes around you, and you try desperately not to drown.