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We Run the Tides

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I moved this title to the top of my TBR pile after reading a favourable review in The Guardian. But either it wasn't as good as The Guardian claimed or I just didn't get it. I didn't find any of the characters captivating and I only finished it because I wanted to be able to fully write this review. My favourite part of the story was the 2019 section where Eulabee runs into Maria Fabiola in Italy, but it was a lot of pages to get to the end.
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The narrator of this story has a clever, cutting voice that kept me engaged throughout the story. The jumps in subject from chapter to chapter might have felt disorienting if executed by another author but were incredibly interesting in the context of Vida's writing. I also enjoyed the characterization of the main character's family in this book. The description of San Francisco felt masterfully immersive as well. Lastly, the title of this book is so fitting! Read this book to be engulfed for a little while in another time, another life!
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I liked this book. It takes place in the 90's which is such an appealing time to be a teenager in my opinion. The synopsis drew me in. When I realized what the event was that took place I sort of laughed because I expected something more. It was interesting reading about how an event can be misconstrued and the way that can effect what comes after. Maria Fabiola reminds me of so many girls I knew or knew of growing up. 
While this wasn't my favorite I still enjoyed it. It was a quick read and the flash forward was a reminder that while people can change, some do not.
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I didn’t grow up in this era of north bay, but I’ve lived in South Bay for the last 5 years. This truly made me wonder what it would have been like to grow up in that era in San Francisco. Great for those who like coming of age books.
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I received this book from NetGalley to review. Unfortunately, I expected more from this novel than I got. It was about a girls life growing up in an all girls school with friends and drama. I found it was slow and boring as 90% of the book was back and forth of the girl, Eulabee, planning lies/stories with her friends before changing her mind and telling the truth. She’d complain about her friends ignoring her for telling the truth and when she found people who were reliable friends, she’d backstab them or leave them to go back to her rude lying dramatic friends. The only part of this story I enjoyed and felt had potential was the look back on her life when she is a grown adult living her life, while still constantly thinking about her childhood friends. I wish I had better things to say about this story but honestly, it all revolves around one so called fantastic/amazing girl who everyone envy’s, who is controlling and constantly spinning stories for her life.
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This book blew past my expectations. I loved the flawed characters and all the drama that enfolds in the story.   I was able to read this one in just a 2 hour plane trip and it made my flight very enjoyable.   

The characters were my favorite part of the book and the author does a great job describing all the nuances that each character has so well that you feel like you know them.  

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes family dramas.
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We Run The Tides opens by setting its scene: the streets of Sea Cliff in 1980s San Francisco where our narrator and protagonist, Eulabee, is growing up in her early teens. Just as important to this world are her closest friends, especially Maria Fabiola, her best friend since kindergarten. In the way of adolescents, the girls begin to test out different stories and experiences for themselves, and before long, fractures develop in their friendship. Seemingly small lies result in ripple effects for not only the girls, but the rest of their community, ultimately resulting in a disappearance.

The poignancy of the story lies not so much in the disappearances themselves, but in the lead-up to them, such as the (sometimes painful) specificity of day-to-day adolescent experiences, as well as the knowledge of the potential consequences of the characters' decisions. Eulabee's narration lends a nostalgic air to the story she tells; neither the city nor the girl she is describing exists any longer, and the resulting effect is one of a snapshot in time for both. The title is both literal and metaphorical -- the girls have learned to navigate the waves and promontory of the beach to avoid coming to harm, just as they are navigating the dangerous waters of interpersonal betrayal and lies -- and the driving suspense of the story lies in waiting to see in what manner they will emerge. 

The ending, a coda to the events of 1984-1985, shows the echo of events on the characters' futures with the benefit of hindsight, but also somewhat dissipates the spell of adolescent Eulabee's voice throughout the rest of the novel..
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A quick read about young teens and friends and discovering who they are. Eulabee is one that doesn’t go along with her friends in lying about something she didn’t see. In turn they expel her from their group. Months later, still friendless, Eulabee’s ex-best friend is missing. 

Most of the book is about Eulabee during her time without friends but it doesn’t belabor the point of her being lonely. 

The writing propels you to continue reading, wondering what will happen, how will everything be resolved. It is hard not to connect with Eulabee and her struggles.
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3.5 stars
This is a coming-of-age story about early teen friendships and their influence on our lives. Eulabee has a best friend, Maria Fabiola, and they grow up in the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco, prior to the tech boom.
Maria Fabiola holds influence over the girls in their group, and demands attention. She fabricates lies and wants the friends to go along with her. She also fabricates a kidnapping and has the teachers at their private school, Spragg, believing her. When Eulabee doesn't support the lies she is ostracized.
I liked the book, but I think there were several loose ends, and also some instances that were not believable.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are freely given.
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Four girlfriends feel like they are on top of the world in San Francisco during the 1980s. They talk about boys, plans for the future and any other thing that is so important when one is 13-years-old.

Eulabee and Maria Fabiola are the main characters but it is clear from the beginning that Maria Fabiola is the Queen Bee. She is the one that captures everyone’s attention is she is the one who will tell a story one day which Eulabee doesn’t backup. The events lead to a rift among the friends with Eulabee being cast out of the group.

Despite not being part of the inner group any longer, Eulabee is still concerned with what Maria Fabiola is doing and another event calls into question Maria Fabiola’s narrative of events. Eulabee tries to get to the truth. It’s clear she misses her friends but she’s also trying to understand what is happening and why.

I mentioned before that part of why I liked this book so much is for the sense of time and place. As a child of the 80s I could clearly imagine what these teens looked like. The author presents the characters in a way that they seem wise beyond their years. Perhaps if there is one thing that I could have done without was the very last part which takes place many years later on but still that didn’t diminish my great enjoyment of this coming-of-age story.
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Most of us can recall those pivotal moments growing up when we lost a little of our childhood innocence. In WE RUN THE TIDES, that moment happens after Eulabee disagrees with what her best friend Maria Fabiola claims to witness while walking to school one day. When Maria Fabiola disappears soon after, the story quickly dives further into the world of Sea Cliff.

What I Liked:
* I liked the internal dialogue of Eulabee and thought the author did an excellent job of putting the reader in the head of a teenage girl.
* I thought that certain situations Eulabee found herself in were relatable, especially the conflict with her friends and the feeling of being ostracized.
* I liked how you got to see the transformation in Eulabee from beginning to end. Throughout the story you slowly see her perspective shift and when she becomes more mature.

What I Wanted:
* At times I felt like the story was a little all over the place, especially early on. However this could have been intentional since it was from the point of view of a teenage girl.

Overall I really enjoyed WE RUN THE TIDES and thought it was an interesting story that touched on the loss of innocence and how certain events can shape our lives. I really liked the main character Eulabee and definitely felt for her in all the situations she found herself in.
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We Run the Tides portrays the complexities between female friendships growing up in such an interesting and relatable way. I loved learning more about each character and following their stories. My favorite part was at the end when everything came full circle
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This was suspenseful and engaging. Offered a deep dive into the mechanisms that propel female friendships.
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Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

My rating: ★★★

I think my expectations were higher for this one, but I do only have myself to blame for that. 

Sometimes I didn't connect with the characters, and I hated the girls sometimes, too, which it can be ignored because they're teenagers. Overall, it wasn't a bad book, but it's not something I would recommend to someone or would .like to read again, either.
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Super entertaining book.

Love the unreliable characters.

Great exploration of girlhood and female friendships.

Reminiscent of The Virgin Suicides.
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Haunting and tough to read at times, the suspense was almost dreadful. The narrative is compelling and easy to follow. Would definitely read again - this is such a great novel!
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Thank you for the advanced copy of this book! I will be posting my review on social media, to include Instagram, Amazon, Goodreads, and Storygraph!
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At times this book brought me back to my own youth. Written from the perspective of 13-year-old Eulabee, we are taken through the sheer awfulness of middle school as she navigates mean girl mentality, boys, and her period. A time I would never want to return to, which is probably why there were also moments while reading this book that I wanted to be done with it. The authors writing style is unique and fits well with a 13yo main character. It almost feels like we are reading her stream of consciousness journal entry. I wish that style changed a bit more as she finishes the story as an older Eulabee to distinguish from the characters’ youth. Instead, I was left feeling like she never grew up or over her middle school traumas. Thanks to netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I love books set in San Francisco and then when you add elements of friendship, nostalgia, and elite schools into the mix - I'm totally interested!

I loved the throwback to the 1980s. While I was only in elementary school, I still connected to the 80s nostalgia that Vida introduced. It made me want to go back in time so bad! Those were definetly the good ol' days!

When Eulabee's best friend goes missing, the intensity should have ratched up a bit, and I wish it would have a bit more. I felt a little disconnected from the urgency of the situation, but still found myself wanting to know what was going to happen next. 

As my daughter is currently navigating the challenges of middle school, so much of this book reminded me of that feeling of isolation when you suddenly find yourself ostracized from the rest of your friends. I've certainly witnessed my daughter and her friends each take a turn in this horrible part of growing up.

I would have liked more connection with the story and the characters, but I still enjoyed this one overall.
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This book is about Eulabee and her circle of 13 year old friends in San Francisco in the 1980s.  Her best friend is Maria Fabiola, who is maturing into a beauty faster than the other girls, and who has a relaxed relationship with the truth. I wouldn’t be 13 again for anything on Earth. It’s a time of turbulence, little humiliations and boredom. Eulabee and Maria Fabiola create some minor dramas, then go their separate ways until they re-connect by accident many years later. Unfortunately, I found that I wasn’t all that interested in reading about Eulabee at 13.  However, I did like learning how Maria Fabiola turned out. None of the other characters in the book really stood out.  If you have a lot of nostalgia for that period of your life you will probably enjoy this book more than I did. 3.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
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