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.
— Amazon.com 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.
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