Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genres: Adolescence, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Mermaids, Social Issues, Young Adult
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 am a little bit of a black sheep when it comes to THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS. I enjoyed many aspects of this book, but I struggled to form an emotional connection with it or fully root for the romance, which was a big part of the novel.
“The girl who’d written volumes on the walls
but never said a word.”
Elyse, having lost her voice in an accident, was a bit hard for me to connect to, not because her feelings weren’t expressed through dialogue, but because I could not relate to her actions or truly understand her motivations. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing her journey with becoming comfortable with herself again, as there was some great character development.
stereotypical impossible to resist heart-breaker was a little bit different. He and I immediately set off on the wrong foot. Besides his somewhat creepy sexual comments to the the main character, he pretty much flirts with any female he sees. Granted, it shows him having more depth later on, being less creepy and more supportive but I still couldn’t get behind the romance, especially one that seemed based on physical attraction for a large portion of the novel. One of their first exchanges:
Is there something I can do for you?
He laughed, raspy. “God, yes.”
Beyond the characters, the writing was vivid and imaginative, and this book has some great quotes. Major props to the author for tackling topics that we don’t see in YA every day but really should. Diversity!
As you might already know, I have this love-hate relationship with open endings (that is mostly hate) and I have mixed feelings about the conclusion in this one. On one hand, I like that it is open to your imagination and love the final message it leaves you with. On the other hand, it made me feel like there were still some loose ends that could have been tied up.
Overall, this is an entertaining summer read that adds something new to the genre.
“With the acceptance of one thing comes the dying of another: a new belief, a relationship. An ideal, a plan, a what-if. Assumptions. A path. A song.”