Tuesday, January 3

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau
Release Date: December 1, 2010
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Age Group: PreTeen
Pages: 224

Summary: Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning...
If she hadn't been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail?
Most. Embarrassing. Moment. Ever.
Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?
Jade is determined to find out. So how does a plus-size, aqua-phobic mer-girl go about doing that exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend, Cori, and to her crush, Luke?
This summer is about to get a lot more interesting...

My Thoughts: Real Mermaids was a purely cute read! We are introduced to Jade who is 13 years old. She has a best friend named Cori who she likes to share everything with. She lives with her dad. Her mom died a year ago and she's been missing her ever since.

Jade likes a boy named Luke. This is a somewhat new crush. He comes back into town after being away for a while. The thing is, he used to make fun of her for a while, or at least she thought so, calling her scissor lips. He comes back with nice hair, a killer tan, and really cute.

Jade gets her first period and its quite a funny situation. If I was in Jade's position and didn’t know much about what would happen, I would have been really nervous and embarrassed too!

One night while Jade is in the bathtub she falls asleep and wakes up with a tail. What is going on? Is she a mermaid? Read the book to find out!

Overall: This was a cute book. It didn't have much real depth to it. Just a sweet read. It felt more like a tween book than teen. No real substance to it besides just the fun factor. Still a cute read though. I liked Luke, I liked Cori, I liked the storyline. I'll definitely read the next book in the series though!

Cover: Like it. Love the colors and its actually really cute.

What I'd Give It:


Vivien said...

Sounds like a cute read. I've been finding a lot of these books being marketed as YA when they should be for tweens. Slightly frustrating.

Unknown said...

This is not something I would typically pick up if I saw it in the bookstore. It sounds like a cute read though, and sometimes I need something that is just cute and easy!

Alexa said...

It seems like you are in a lighter contemporary mood since that is mostly what you have read recently. I'm sorry this one didn't fully come together for you. I think I'll probably just pass this one up like I have done for the past year.

Thanks for the great review.

Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

Cute cover but doesnt sound like one i would enjoy

Sophia said...

Tween or middle grade books aren't exactly my thing, but this one sounds really cute! I haven't read any mermaid books lately, so I suppose I should give this book a shot.

ansindt said...

I love the cover and the title. I am going to add this to my to-read list=)

Maji Bookshelf said...

aww this sounds like it'll be more middle grade than YA, might recommend it to my cousin!

thanks for the review

- juhina

Unknown said...

I actually have this book too, that I won from a giveaway and it seems cute.

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

haha I love your review. It actually made me more curious to read the book than the description did. I think I'll add this to my wish list

Sandra Stiles said...

Sounds very cute. Can see my girls reading this.


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