Forgive My Fins
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Reader: Emily Baur
Reading Level: YA
Released: January 1st 2010
Review Source: Harper Audio
Summary: (from goodreads) 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 – when 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.
Sometimes your head just isn’t ready for the truth that your heart already knows. Mermaid Princess Lily Sanderson is about to find this out for herself. Lily has been living life as a human and in love with the same unavailable boy, Brody Bennet, for three years. Brody finally becomes available just in time for the Under the Sea Costume Dance at Seaside High. While waiting for Brody to respond to the instructions she left him in a note claiming to be his very newly ex-girlfriend, the one boy that truly annoys the carp out of her, manages to trick her into kissing him. What the motorcycle riding, leather wearing Quincy Fletcher did not know, was that that single kiss was going to change both of their lives forever.
This book is one that I would recommend to any young girl. It’s super cute and refreshingly clean while touching on a lot of the issues that most teenagers face on a daily basis. Tera Lynn Childs did a wonderful job writing a story about Love, Friendship and Family. Narrator Emily Bauer truly brought the characters to life though there were a few parts where until Lily said who she was talking to I wasn't sure if it was Brody or Quince.
I was a huge fan of the Little Mermaid and remember wishing I was Ariel when I was younger. After reading Forgive My Fins, I think I’d like to spend some time in Lily’s fins and see where the rest of her journey will take me. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series, Fins Are Forever.