When Julia's mom is sent to serve in Iraq, it makes perfect sense for her to spend the summer with Eliza and her parents. Any other time Julia would love to be there, but on top of worrying about her mom, Julia develops her first real crush on a boy named Michael. For the first time in their friendship, Julia and her thoughts are traveling to a place that Eliza can't follow.
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The good is that she's spending it with her best friend and "cousin" actually niece Eliza, whose father works at a woodsy resort hotel where the girls run wild and imagine themselves into various ongoing pretend scenarios and characters. The bad is that she's deeply anxious about her absent mother, who's serving in Iraq, and who connects with her daughter only through occasional emails and phone calls.