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Dolphin Girl [Kindle Edition]

Shel Delisle
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jane Wants The Life Of A Dolphin.
Wild. Graceful. Free.

But these days her life is nothing like that. Between her mother’s strict rules and the cliques at school, she feels strapped in a child-sized life vest. It’s not until Jane gets a tattoo and befriends popular Sam Rojas, a star on the school’s swim team, that her life feels freer. She begins to wonder: Is there a way to be myself and not be alone?

While she navigates these murky waters, a wave of events crash down on her, separating her from her family, her best friend Lexie and Sam, who Jane's fallen fin over tail for. Now she must figure out how to surf through rough seas without having everything she cares about pulled under.

DOLPHIN GIRL, author Shel Delisle’s first novel, is a story of family, friendship, first loves and most importantly – freedom.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Something Else Publishing; 1 edition (December 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SDHB6K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolphin Girl October 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book!
Jane is artsy and free-spirited, trapped in a stifling home life. Things aren't much better for her at school where she feels confined by cliques and social mores. A kindred spirit of dolphins, Jane longs for open waters. When she falls for Sam, a sweet guy who's "off limits" because he's from a different "pod," Jane seeks the courage to remove the constraints in her life that hold her back.
The characters are true to life and richly drawn. I especially loved the interwoven story of Jane's brother John and his wife Desiree, which shows how life can get messy and still be good.
Dolphin Girl is a tale of freedom, family, friendship, and love. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Young Adult Story!! January 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever since a childhood experience Jane has loved dolphins. She understands them. Jane longs to be free, like dolphins.

Jane's life was a fascinating tale. Her mother was a very controlling person, to an OCD point, I thought. Her father seemed indifferent to what was going on with his family. Her brother, John, was moving on with his life with Desiree.

In school, everyone stayed grouped together in pods. They socialized within their pods, stayed in one location during free time, and there wasn't intermingling between pods to a great extent.

Suddenly Jane finds herself becoming friends with someone from a different pod. A boy named Sam that she finds attractive. They spend lunch together, and began to enjoy each others' company. Jane starts to fall in love.

Things don't go easily for Jane. Being grounded, a horrible date, losing Sam to her ex-best friend, dealing with her mother's constant controlling, and running away from home.

This book was a beautiful story of a girl trying to find herself in the world. A story about falling in love, being hurt, learning to forgive others. A story of family overcoming obstacles and hopefully coming out better in the end.

I loved this book. It was very well written and I found myself unable to put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone over 14 who is looking for a great young adult romance with a lot of meaning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dolphin Girl November 13, 2011
By Rebecca
Format:Kindle Edition
Jane is struggling against the confines of an overbearing mother and the clique system of High School. Jane has a strong love of Dolphins and sees the group system of High School in terms of the pod groups Dolphins live in. These boundaries start to break down for Jane when she joins the yearbook and when she alone with Sam, one of the jocks, are schedule for freshman lunch despite being juniors. Dolphin girls also delves into the relationships of Jane and her mom and older brother John. Dolphin Girl was quick and enjoyable read if you like the usual YA story with some dolphins thrown in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Break free and swim with the dolphins! April 21, 2012
Dolphin girl is a classic clash between the controller and the free spirit. Jane longs to break away from her mother, swim with the dolphins, try new things. She's ready for life to get a little messy, something her OCD mother simply cannot understand.

When Jane gets a dolphin tattoo she finds herself the talk of school. How did they know? And will Sam, a member of the trophy case pod, who she's certain is tossing looks her way, cross over to mingle with her and her water fountain pod? When she and Sam end up the only up the only juniors in freshman lunch, she dips her toes in the waters, testing the boundaries of their friendship. Even as she shows him her sketches, she's certain he'll never dare talk to her outside of the lunchroom.

Chaos erupts at home. She's grounded from the dance and Sam tells her he's agreed to take someone else anyway. Then her brother drops his own bombshell on the family. He's not going to college. He's staying home to work long hours with his girlfriend. Dad hides behind the paper. Mom unravels; her lists of chores becoming longer and more unreasonable. The more out of control life gets, the more Mom clamps down. On Jane. Jane has no choice. She has to break free.

She leaves home and finds herself a dolphin without a pod. She's not sure she will ever find her way back. It takes a crazy scavenger hunt, a wild ocean swim, and a baby for Jane to finally experience the freedom she's been longing for, at home within her own pod.

This book grabbed me from the first page. You'll love Jane and relate to her need to express herself, to create. You'll feel all squishy as she and Sam play name games and you'll feel elated as she finally gets her wish, to swim with the dolphins!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! November 7, 2011
What can I say about Dolphin Girl? Oh wait...already did. My title was "Loved it!" and loved it I did. I think what captured me the most was the dolphins, and most of all how Jane connected with them. Jane's free spirit captured my attention, and had me wanting more at the very end of the book. She is an individual, and when she meets Sam, practically her first love, she's convinced that nothing can happen between the two since he is in the more popular crowd.

Through time however, it seems they both have the same feelings for one another, but will it work out when her BFF, correction, EX BFF wants Sam?
It's a witty and yet noble story as Jane struggles with family life, AND love life. What's more horrible then combining those two problems together? Yep, disaster...
But knowing Jane and the dolphin in her, things are going to come out dolphintastic! (cheesy joke but anyways) It was a great story! Recommend to everyone!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Why did Shel Delisle put cuss words in the book
I Choose this rating because the age I read the book I was young and now I don't like the fact that it said cuss words. If she took away the cuss words I would LOVE the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
I love this book. I couldn't put it down after I started reading it. I love dolphins and dream of one day swimming with them.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, it was better than I thought it ...
Good book , it was better than I thought it was going to be , I enjoyed it I think others should read it to.
Published 4 months ago by Mia Ruano
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a decent read and I would recommend it to the younger...
A decent read. Dolphin Girl has some information about dolphins. It was a decent read and I would recommend it to the younger generations or to someone who likes dolphins.
Published 5 months ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I loved how "Mom" was so strict; how "Dad" was so laid back, and how Jane was so against her mom's rules.
I hope that they make this book into a movie! Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Coffin
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! I instantly fell in love with the ...
I loved it! I instantly fell in love with the characters and the scavenger hunt on the back of the book cracks me up every single time!
Published 7 months ago by Astrid
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book.
Published 7 months ago by Gail S
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I highly recommend this book. It has a cuss words and bad parts in it. That is why I gave it four stars.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolphin girl.
The book was really good and fun to read. I enjoyed the character choice and the plot of the story. I loved reading this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jennifer violette
4.0 out of 5 stars fun escape for teens
Loved the story a little slow moving more for a younger reader. Loved the dolphin scene and the high school , good
Published 11 months ago by NoneeGo
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Shel Delisle spends her days with her imagination, which involves angels, genies,and dolphin swims. She thinks hearing from readers is one of the best things ever--even better than sea salt caramel gelato.

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