Mafuri Long is a young woman with ambition. She wants an Olympic gold medal, and as the only woman to have ridden an eighty-foot wave, she knows she is ready. The only thing stopping her is her father’s depression. Mafuri takes responsibility for him, worrying about his drinking and his doctor appointments, and talking him down when he’s upset.
On its own, the goal to attain a gold medal is a difficult one; with new problems popping up, it seems even harder. Mafuri’s fellow competitors are ruthless. But she finds a safe haven in a new friendship with Nixon, the teenage brother of a college friend, from whom she draws new energy.
The story is set in the future, and it’s a time when much has changed. Technology has advanced; so has global warming. Changes are woven in neatly and are easily believable.
Mafuri’s voice is well defined: youthful and full of slang. She is a consistent and powerful character throughout—an open book with her thoughts, particularly through her revealing inner dialogue.
The prose is quick and lyrical, and Mafuri proves to be a descriptive narrator. Scenes are vivid (it doesn’t hurt that much of the view is the dazzling ocean). Sentences are detailed but clipped, moving the story along while satisfying its visual aspects.
That Crazy Perfect Someday is about surfing through challenges, finding joy, and keeping hold of what you love.
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