The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Author: Sarah Ockler
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: June 2, 2015
Review Source: Simon Pulse
The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.
Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.
Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.
When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is the epitome of a YA novel, and so much more! Anything and everything you can ask for is laid out in front of you within this beautiful read. Romance? Definitely, and in the form of an almost perfect guy who is TOTALLY swoon worthy and an irresistible girl who although has flaws is perfect on her own. Strong characters? You got it. Solid plot and storyline? 100%!! Does the summary remind you of the Little Mermaid? Because, that is the reason that drew me in. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is a unique story though, but will leave you wanting to re-read it over and over a million times more.
Though I usually fall in love with the delicious YA boys, Elyse wins me over in this one. I'm not sure if I could find anything wrong with her! I truly feel lucky to have "met" her. Christian, OMG, Christian! He had me hooked immediately. And, finally Sebastian… I die! I want my own Sebastian. He is the sweetest, cutest, and most adorable character I have ever read about.
Sarah Ockler is a diamond! WOW is all I can say. With such powerful words, and an amazing storyline, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids not only entertains you it also makes you think and gives you hope. It is a coming of age story, a love story, a fun story, an educating story, and so on and so on. Don't miss out on this one. With summer vacation just starting this is the PERFECT read to start off your adventures!
Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of young adult novels, including #scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens' Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. Her latest, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, hits the shelves in June 2015.
Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she's not writing or reading at home in Washington, she enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex.
Visit her website at sarahockler.com or find her on Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook.
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