The worst possible thing happened to Cara: her best friends dumped her! What’s she going to do when she starts high school in the fall?
When Cara gets publicly dumped by her four best friends, she decides not to tell her parents, even though they think her friends will be visiting them in Heron’s Point. Only her snotty little brother knows the truth and he’s threatening to tell. Cara must face tough decisions and realities as the party for her so-called “friends” nears. Join Cara in her emotional battle for friendship in Carrie Baker’s fourth return to Heron’s Point.
Targeted Age Group:: 13-18
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Hermit Crab Cottage was actually inspired by a Twitter thread I read a while back where hundreds of women talked about being dumped by friend groups in middle and high school. I immediately took notes and started an outline for a book in my Heron's Point series which often has characters facing friendship debacles.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I started by picking a name for my main character and then decided I wanted her to have a big, sort of dysfunctional family. I think family is important and I enjoy writing characters who love, hate, and struggle with one another and themselves.
Excited anticipation fills the room. When the bell finally rings, everyone erupts into cheers and runs for the door. I push my way through the crowd to clean out my locker, which I should have done earlier. Procrastination is something I excel at. As I’m shoving books and trash into my backpack, I can’t help but eavesdrop on the two girls standing near me.
"So, are you going tonight or what?" She smacks her gum loudly and I cringe.
"I don’t know, Mary. I don’t think my parents will let me."
"Then don’t tell them. Say you’re sleeping over at my house!" Mary smacks her friend lightly on the shoulder.
"Hey, watch it!"
"Ugh, don’t be a baby. So, you coming or what?"
"I guess so." She sighs. "It is supposed to be the biggest party, like, ever."
"Totally and Audrey is so cool. I can’t believe she invited us." She smacks her gum again. The sound reverberates through my head. Did she say Audrey? I haven’t heard anything about a party. I slam my locker door closed and the two girls look at me and smile. They know I’m friends with Audrey, so that automatically makes me cool. I nod at them before shouldering my backpack and heading for the front of the school to meet Hope. We always walk home from school together since we only live a few houses away.
As I come down the steps, looking for Hope, I see all four of them waiting for me. Mia sees me first and nudges Audrey in the ribs, who turns around and smiles. Hope is looking in the other direction and Quinn has a pained look on her face. I falter and trip over my own feet, almost falling face first into the littered ground. I quickly compose myself and continue walking toward my friends. Maybe we’re all gathering at Audrey’s before her party and staying the night. Usually we have an end of school sleepover, but no one has mentioned it yet. I know my parents will let me go, they love Audrey. Everyone does.
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