Where the Waves Go
After her mother kicks her out of the house, 17-year-old Charlie Elliott leaves her hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the city of her dreams: Los Angeles. She’s running far away from her self-absorbed parents, the boy who broke her heart, and an addiction to alcohol that’s taken over her life.
Charlie is ready for a fresh start—the only problem is she has no money and no plan. She crashes with her aunt in Santa Monica, but a drunken misunderstanding forces her to leave. Unwilling to give up, Charlie sleeps in a lifeguard tower on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, sharing the space with a stray cat and a schizophrenic homeless man. Life on the streets is harder than anything she’s faced before, and she turns to drinking once again to numb her pain.
Fortunately, Charlie meets Les, an awkward, 16-year-old gamer. Charlie stays with Les when she gets sick, and the two quickly develop feelings for each other. But without a job or place to live, Charlie must decide whether to go back to Ann Arbor and face her addiction or stay in L.A. where she has nothing…except for Les. WHERE THE WAVES GO follows Charlie on her journey to figure out how to live life instead of running away from it. MOSQUITOLAND meets PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ in this 64,000-word contemporary YA novel.
I received my MFA in Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. I’m a contributing writer for The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, HelloGiggles, and RoleReboot, specializing in essays about mental health, body image, and identity. I am of Israeli descent on my father’s side, and I was raised religiously and culturally Jewish.