Thursday, February 24, 2011

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Forgive My Fins
By Tera Lynn Childs
June 1, 2010
Katherine Tegen Book, 304 pages

Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it's not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you're a normal teenage girl, but when you're half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there's no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily's mermaid identity is a secret that can't get out, since she's not just any mermaid—she's a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn't feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she's been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren't really the casual dating type—the instant they "bond," it's for life.

When Lily's attempt to win Brody's love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

— description

As a little girl, I used to spend hours at my piano learning to play the songs from The Little Mermaid. I had an movie-themed sweater, a charm bracelet with Sebastian on it and was Ariel for Halloween at age 7 (my mom sewed the purple shells onto a nude-colored turtleneck). I love me some mermaids.

And, as you know, I love me some young adult love stories.

SO I BOW DOWN TO YOU, TERA LYNN CHILDS. The woman combined two of my favorite things! Why didn't I think of that?

Thank goodness she did. This was so freaking entertaining. I love how her brain works. If I ever wrote a book, THIS is the book I would want to write. But, you know, she beat me to it.

I'm not going to give it a deep analysis. Just know that the hours I spent reading this were so enjoyable, I was smiling and chuckling to myself while I read. How she wove little fishy puns into every page? Loved it.

Remember last year when I said to watch out for mermaid books? Oh, it was already ON with the mermaids and I didn't know it. Book two (Fins Are Forever) is out next year, and I'll be first in line to buy it.

You might also like: Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

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  1. wasn't this such a light and funny read?! i loved quince, he was my favorite :) Lily was great too, but i wont lie- at times i wanted to reach in and smack her a couple times!... how could she be so blind! quince and all his hotness had it BAD for her, and she's worried about brody?! ugh. but thank goodness everything came together in the end :)


  2. You must have read my mind because I JUST ordered this book online the other day! I kept meaning to read it, but would always forget about it for some reason. I LOVE that cover. The colors attract me like nobody's business. So happy to hear you liked it! I'm even more eager to read it now!!!

  3. I didn't read this book yet...dunno why. I slack, I guess. I enjoyed Sea Change though, so I guess I should? Great review, Anna :)

  4. I love Under the Sea! I'm so happy I own The Little Mermaid so I can watch it whenever!

    I loved this book too! I did laugh throughout and it generally made me happy. Great review!

  5. I loved this book. It's nice and fluffy.

  6. I really need to read this one! I always feel like I'm playing catch-up! :) Great review, and thanks for the song!

  7. So my love for The Little Mermaid = insta-love for this book? Sold.

  8. I was already thinking about reading this one, but you just convinced me that I definitely need to! Thanks!


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