The night before they leave for their big trip, a fortune teller at the school fair tells the girls that one of them will not come home. Some of the girls get scared by this, and some brush it off. They still all take the trip, but it doesn't go exactly as they planned. Boys, flings, secrets, and impulsive acts shake up the foursome. After eight years of friendship, will eight days at sea separate them forever?
Author Gaby Triana (Backstage Pass, Cubanita) has made each of The Temptress Four girls distinct in name, appearance, and personality. There's daring, beautiful Killian; curvy, darkly-dressed, maternal Alma; petite, typically cautious Yoli; and our narrator, Fiona, who is ever watchful of her friends. She's also concerned about her relationship with her boyfriend Lorenzo. Due to a fight they had before she left for the cruise, she's uncertain about their future together. Add in her worries about the fortune teller's prediction and you've got a girl trying to keep her balance as she rides the waves.
With a little romance, a little adventure, and plenty of post-high school what-now wonder, Triana's third novel is a quick read. The Temptress Four is a suitable gift for graduating seniors, especially those who liked Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares.
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