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The Girl with the Mermaid Hair Hardcover – January 5, 2010
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them - all at once? Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. Until the one day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. Paperback | Kindle book
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Sukie, a mirror fanatic receives an heirloom mirror that once belonged to her grandmother. This is one thing she certainly doesn't need as she is never too far from a mirror or reflective glass such as a window. Sukie is irritating with her overuse of the word "selfie," meaning self portraits that she takes with her cell phone camera. Between the camera and the mirror, one would think Sukie would have an overdose of self.
Mirrors have long held an interesting place in history as being distortions of reality and images. From "The Lady of Shalott" to "Snow White," mirrors have had a rather mystical literary appeal. In "Snow White," where the haggish crone's mirror lied to her because she was in denial about her atrocious looks, Sukie is equally in denial about her atrocious personality and self preoccupation. In fact, she takes her mirrors so seriously that she envisions a parallel universe where she reigns and a quarterback named Bobo is her ideal beau.
One can view Sukie as having many reflections, including distored self images like a funhouse mirror. She comes across as EXTREMELY self absorbed and her verbiage ("selfies") reinforces that notion. One can also view her as lonely as she is stuck with herself, insecurities and all as well as her ubiquitious mirrors and camera.
Sukie questions all forms of beauty around her such as nature. In so doing, she wonders what constitutes beauty and is she capable of living up to peer, parental and academic standards?Read more ›
I found myself getting quite annoyed with Sookie's character and even her mother's too. Sookie is the kind of person who is extremely obsessed with the way she looks. Constantly taking pictures of herself, or even looking at herself with anything that will show her reflection. If one hair on her head was out of place, she would freak. I also think that Sookie's mother is the majority of the reason Sookie is the way she is - everything had to be perfect, so of course Sookie picked up the same attitude. I would think it's unhealthy to live life having everything extremely perfect.
Overall, this was a decent novel, but not one of my favorites.
As Sukie's year progresses, she learns that the mirror shows not only who you are up close, but also who you are on the inside. With these revelations, she sets off into the best and worst moments of her life, dealing with everything from family problems, to friendship dilemmas, but most of all, with who she really is as a person.
To be honest, I was not a fan of this book for the first half of the story. I felt that Sukie was really whiny and fake, caring too much about herself and not enough about those around her. Everything was really disconnected and confusing, but as soon as I hit the halfway mark the story got so much better. Sukie started to become aware of her surroundings and started turning into a real person. She even got my sympathy as she dealt with situations that anyone would find tough.
While the second half of THE GIRL WITH THE MERMAID HAIR was definitely the better half, the ending really sealed the deal for me that this was actually a good book. There was tons of emotion and it was great to see things fall into place. The crazy characters became a little less crazy, and you finally got to see the amount Sukie had grown throughout the story.
One thing I definitely have to give kudos to the author for is the characterization of Sukie's mom.Read more ›
But Sukies life is really sucky .She has no friends, because she is a snob. She craves food, but is afraid of getting fat, so she dreams about food. She even writes a report of how ugly everybody at her school is and reads it out loud to the class. That was the hardest part to read, when she referred to everyone in very demeaning nicknames, and which teachers really need to get lipo or hair extensions. She even refers to one particularly nice student as frankenstein. ( the only thing that got me through this part, was Sukie's little brother, and her dog, who acts like bryan , on family guy.)
Ephron could just left it like that, but she keeps going. She writes in a very light, plain spoken , non preachy style. She delves into how this girl,who doesn't like being mean, but has no idea how to be nice. I felt bad for Sukie, the girl has no one to look up to. No one to tell her what good manners are.She uses this teenage girl as a vehicle , deals with how mean the internet has made us. How we skewer people anonomously, not realizing how we might cause them to make life changing decisions. ( Like really bad facelifts) She includes all kinds of rock music from the 80's and 90's . I am glad she wrote about this topic, I hope people will look at themselves on the inside.I also hope it will prompt other adults to be heroes to kids like sukie. So they don't turn into " mean woman"
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***I received this book as a gift
The cover is unique.
The family’s reliance on the dog for serious answers to their big life questions was... Read more
Fifteen-year-old Sukie is privileged, gorgeous, and silenced by doubt. Obsessed with perfection, she checks her appearance in all reflective surfaces; the "selfies"... Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by Suzy Wildwood
I thought this book sounded quirky and interesting. While the second half of the book is okay, the first half is pretty painful to get through. Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by Karissa Eckert
The Girl With the Mermaid Hair was a really great read. It wasn't real action packed or anything, but you just kind of drifted through the book, enjoying it. Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by Erica
Delia Ephron is Nora Ephron's sister. When they write a movie, a novel, or an essay together, it is usually girl-centric, calling on their own experiences as women and moms and... Read morePublished on June 11, 2010 by Teen Reads
In The Girl with the Mermaid Hair, Delia Ephron presents a very dramatic inside view of a teenager's experience with parents who have marital problems and a father's infidelity. Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by Story Circle Book Reviews