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September 04 , 2009

Hidden Sapphire


During a ten-day stay at the lake where they first met eight years ago, Blake and Sapphire go on a roller-coaster ride of teenage emotions, from joy to love to sadness to anger to hatred to grief, displaying the depth of their love and the pain of being human. Seventeen-year-old Blake Hudson and sixteen-year-old Sapphire Farrow have spent the last couple of years drinking and partying at Lac du poisson blanc in Québec with Johnny and Pas, but this summer is different. Saph, usually impulsive, full of life and always sporting a charming half-smile, began drinking more and more often. Blake is in love with Saph, but Saph finds it difficult believing anyone could love her and even more difficult that she could fall in love with anyone, which leads Blake to search for the reasons behind her fears. Among other things, he finds out that Saph’s home-life is horrible, she’s mocked in her hometown and she only truly feels okay during the few days she spends at the lake every summer. Realizing the depth of her feelings, Blake comes up with several solutions to Saph’s problems, but, when she already feels that all is lost, will she be willing to accept the help he offers? Hidden Sapphire is a Young Adult tragedy about life and, above all, love: the love of Saph and Blake, the friendship between Saph, Blake, Pas and Johnny, Saph’s love for her family and the group’s love of the lake and the summer that comes with it. As Blake says at the end of the prologue, “The summer would always be the greatest part of a kid’s life, but when you see someone incredible every summer, the summer becomes something that you tell stories about during the fall, you miss during the winter and you dream about during the spring.” And the rest of their lives would always be about that summer; the summer the lake became more than just a lake.
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