Melanie Neale

This looks like an interesting read. Any “Boat Girls” out there?

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Melanie McLendon by Megan Clark 1Melanie Neale

What is your latest release and what genre is it?
Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love & Fiberglass – memoir

Quick description:Boat Girl is a memoir of what it’s like to grow up aboard a sailboat.

Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, Melanie’s family lived aboard a 47-foot sailboat, spending their summers along the US East Coast and their winters in the Bahamas. But the cruising life was not all fun in the sun. The family had to work hard to pay for their way of life. They dodged hurricanes, overzealous federal agents and bullying land-kids. And they endured a boatload of family drama. As her father published articles about how living on a boat brings families together, Melanie secretly struggled with an eating disorder, the alienation of being a boat kid, and confusion over her developing sexuality. As an adult, she lived aboard her own 28-foot…

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