Itâ€™s 1947 and fifteen-year-old Evie is in a big hurry to grow up. Sheâ€™s sick of her gorgeous mom Bev always stuffing her into little-girl dresses and making her wipe off her lipstick. So when her stepfather Joe proposes a family holiday to swanky Palm Beach, Evie jumps at the chance to recreate herself on vacation. Her opportunity to do so arises when she meets Peter, a dishy ex-G.I. friend of her stepfatherâ€™s whoâ€™s also staying in Palm Beach. Peter is a twenty-three-year-old Hottie McHotster and a total flirt. Though Evieâ€™s mother seems to enjoy Peterâ€™s company, Joe seems sullen and resentful anytime heâ€™s around. Slowly it becomes clear to Evie that Peter wants something from her familyâ€”but what? Does he really like Evie, or is he just using her to get closer to beautiful Bev? Or maybe his true target is Joe, and Evie is just an afterthought in his pursuit of a business deal with her stepfather. The answer is revealed when a tragic accident forces Evie to choose between Peter and her parents, and the decision she makesÂ surprises even Evie herself. Though it takes place almost fifteen years earlier than the 1960’s cable sensation, this slick hist. mystery reminded me of the glamorous yet repressed world of Mad Men, where no one shares their real feelings and family secrets are swept neatly under the rug. Judy Blundellâ€™s sophisticated teen noir is not only one of the few true mysteries in YAÂ Lit. Land, it’s also one of the best. But don’t just take my word for itâ€”Blundell’s book was also crowned the winner of the 2008 National Book Award for Young Peopleâ€™s Literature, despite some very tough competition.