- Charles J. Doane, Sail Magazine
As a child raised aboard--and as a father who raised a child aboard--I am deeply interested in boat kids. Melanie is among our best. She is not only wonderfully wacky, she tells the truth in large and small ways. I admire her--as a writer and human being. This is a delightful book... that only a boat kid could write!
- Cap'n Fatty Goodlander, Author and Columnist, Cruising World
An inspiring and beautifully written true story of a young woman schooled in the sea.
- Dan Wakefield, author of the memoir New York in the Fifties
Melanie's Boat Girl captures the wonders and the paradoxes of growing up just offshore from American culture in a way that I haven't ever seen in a lifetime of reading about such things. So now you're one of the lucky ones. For if you too are a boat-mad kid, the story of this Boat Girl might just point you toward home.
- Tim Murphy, Editor-at-Large, Cruising World, Coauthor, Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology (ABYC, 2012)
The Florida Book Review writes: "My anchor as a reader in this vivid, swift-moving account of life on the sea is Neale's mind at work, the consciousness through which all her experiences are filtered. As she regards her father during their early travels, Neale observes, 'He fantasized, sitting on these muddy islands, about tropical islands that he could explore and conquer. Unlike him, I just wanted to explore and learn. There was no inner colonist in me.' There was a memoirist instead."
- Julie Marie Wade, Author of Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures