By Andrea Smith
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In 1993, in the pristine coastal community of Malibu, CA., fourteen year-old Neely Evans, was coming of age, like it or not. A Tennessee transplant, she ended up in California when her father took a job at a top law firm.What a culture shock it had been for the southern teen, but as an only child, she had always made her own entertainment. She filled her time painting seascapes, still life art, and combing the beach for her next perfect picture. And then one day, the boy down the beach entered her life, and she would never be the same.Seth Drake, a year older than Neely took her under his wing. They hung out and it wasn't long before they became inseparable. As they grew closer, their friendship gave way to something more. But before the teens could fully revel in their budding romance, Neely's life was ripped apart. Her father's infidelity was made public, and her mother was determined to seek vengeance by using Neely as her weapon. She uprooted Neely and moved back to Tennessee.Seven months later, Neely returned to Malibu for a summer visit with her father. Seth had matured in ways she'd never imagined. Neely found herself at odds with her emotions and better judgment when Seth made it clear he was ready to take their relationship to the next level. In the end, Neely made a decision she may live to regret.