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The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: eARC, 368 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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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 . . .
I went into The Summer of Chasing Mermaids really not knowing what to expect. The blurb left me wondering if the book was contemporary or fantasy and, honestly, after finishing it I still can’t properly categorize it. It’s a little of a, a little of b and a lot amazing. My review will be short and sweet, because really you just need to experience all this book has to offer.
I loved Elyse. My heart broke for her. She was so lost, so unsure after the life she knew was ripped from her. She was stumbling her way along, trying to figure out where she belonged and, let’s be honest, who hasn’t felt like that a time or two. I loved reading as she learned more about herself, found where she belonged and ultimately accepted her new life.
The secondary characters were incredible. Whether it was “playboy” Christian, who I admittedly was a little concerned about in the beginning, his younger brother Sebastian who won my heart immediately or any of the other number of faces found in Atargatis Cove, they each brought something special to the story. The romance was sweet and real. The friendships were solid. The story – and the underlying themes – were fantastic. The writing was beautiful, even if I personally found it a bit distracting at times because I’m not accustomed to the style. The message of not allowing yourself to be silenced resonated from every page. The author’s message at the end was also quite powerful. I went through the full gambit of emotions during this book and it resonated with me long after finishing.
I have every intention of rereading this book. Probably before the end of the summer. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.