Lies shine their brightest when illuminating truths. This is a quick read, written in the breathless way a teenage girl might tell a gossip-fueled story, the adventure as much in the telling as in the event itself. Eulabee goes from being one-quarter of a tight-knit group of girlfriends and best friend to the queen bee in a privileged all-girls’ school, to being an outcast. Their lives are normal to them, too normal, chaos only created on the tips of their tongues. Until, that is, the queen bee is kidnapped—or is she? As the outside world peers into their community, peeling away the façade, the exceptional circumstances of their lives become too great to ignore.
– Miranda <3
An achingly beautiful and wickedly funny story of female friendship, betrayal, and a mysterious disappearance, set in the changing landscape of San Francisco
Teenage Eulabee and her alluring best friend, Maria Fabiola, own the streets of Sea Cliff, their foggy, oceanside San Francisco neighborhood. They know the ins and outs of the homes and beaches, Sea Cliff’s hidden corners and eccentric characters—as well as the swanky all-girls’ school they attend. Their lives move along uneventfully, with afternoon walks by the ocean and weekend sleepovers. Then everything changes. Eulabee and Maria Fabiola have a disagreement about what they did or didn’t witness on the way to school one morning, and this creates a schism in their friendship. The rupture is followed by Maria Fabiola’s sudden disappearance—a potential kidnapping that shakes the quiet community and threatens to expose unspoken truths.
Suspenseful and poignant, We Run the Tides is Vendela Vida’s masterpiece depiction of an inimitable place on the brink of radical transformation. Pre–tech boom San Francisco finds its mirror in the changing lives of the teenage girls at the center of this story of innocence lost, the pain of too much freedom, and the struggle to find one’s authentic self. Told with a gimlet eye and great warmth, We Run the Tides is both a gripping mystery and a tribute to the wonders of youth, in all its beauty and confusion.