Elana K. Arnold
A sizzling love story between a small-town boy and a Gypsy girl unfolds as the Burning Man festival is in full swing.  Ben, a small-town boy from Gypsum, Nevada, and Lala, a gypsy girl in town to read fortunes for the tourists who have come for the annual Burning Man festival, are from two completely different worlds. In the fall, Ben will be going off to college, and Lala will be entering into an arranged marriage. But this summer, each of them is searching for something more . . . And one sizzling summer day when Lala reads Ben’s cards, everything changes for both of them. A Bankstreet Best Book of the YearA Los Angeles Public Library Best Book “Seductive and uplifting . . . An absolutely perfect summer read.” —Andrew Smith, author of Winger and The Marbury Lens“A story of forbidden love, great risk, and, ultimately, transformation. Readers will find themselves moved beyond words.” —Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone“Wholly compelling and full of surprises.” —Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness"Lyrical and inspirational."--Kirkus Reviews"Readers looking for a romantic coming-of-age novel won’t be disappointed."--SLJ"The stirrings of an unconventional first love and the new freedoms that lie in wait for Lala and Ben provide readers ample reason to keep turning pages"--Publisher's Weekly

Book Details


  • Chick Lit
  • Romance

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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The town of Gypsum, Nevada is shutting down, now that the housing market has collapsed and the gypsum mine is inactive.  Ben Stanley is lucky- he has a full ride to college. His friends and family aren't as fortunate, and Ben feels guilty about leaving them to start over on their own.As a last hurrah before everyone goes their seperate ways, Ben's best friends take him to the Gypsy family parked on the side of a highway for a card reading. 

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