Love, love, loved this book!! I saw a review of it on Reading Rants which made me want to read it. It totally lived up to my expectations.
Rosie and Skate are two sisters who live on the Jersey Shore. They're locals and work at the shore during the summer while it's full of tourists. Their dad is an alcoholic - a nice drunk - but still a drunk. He can't stop drinking. He doesn't hurt the girls or cause many problems, but he gets out of control one night driving and crashes and lands himself three months in jail. Rosie and Skate are on their own because their mom is dead.
Their cousin, Angie, comes to live with them and help out, but once their father goes to jail, things are harder between the sisters. Rosie is hopeful and visits her father and still somehow believes he will get better, while Skate refuses to go at all. Skate doesn't attend the support group meetings. Instead, she spends time at work with her boss Nick, and also pining away after her boyfriend Perry who is gone to college at Rutgers. She wants to see Perry so badly. The two of them are great together, but the distance is a problem.
The book alternates between the narration of each sister. It's cool to hear the story from two points of view. The writing was real and easy to read. I liked the characters and the story of each sister. This was a fun read with some serious stuff mixed in. I totally loved it!
Here's a link to the New York Times review of Rosie and Skate.