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Swim to Me: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 1, 2007
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On a family vacation to Florida, Delores is introduced to the world of real live mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs. She knows right away that this is what she wants to do with her life. But the realities of her dysfunctional family make the realization of that dream seem impossible until the day Delores discovers a stash of gold coins left behind by her estranged father. Using some of the coins to fund her trip to Florida, Delores sets out to join the ranks of the Weeki Wachee mermaids.
Carter has crafted a cast of characters who are as charming as they are eccentric. What gives this book its "just can't put it down" appeal is the way in which Carter intersects the lives (both past and present) of the girls of Weeki Wachee, a newsroom manager from nearby Tampa, the dysfunctional family members from the Bronx, and Thelma Foote, who runs the Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid attraction.
With careful attention to detail, Carter has incorporated some of the very real attractions and issues of central Florida during the 1970s. There are the rumbles of the economical impact of Walt Disney World on other nearby, smaller attractions. There is the strong desire to preserve the heritage of the area in such endeavors as the Mermaids of Weeki Wachee and the home base for circus acts, even a hurricane threatening the Tampa Bay area of the western gulf coast.Read more ›
I was so excited to receive and read SWIM TO ME. As a kid, I can remember TV commercials featuring the mermaids and some of their antics!!! This memory was what caused me to be interested in SWIM TO ME. However, I was not too thrilled with this book. LOVED the cover!
The concept and idea of the book is GREAT -- set in the 70's, a young teenage girl flees her unhappy home in the Bronx, going to a happy place she remembers from her youth, the mermaid show in Florida.
Delores Walker is the teenager who runs away to become a mermaid. Her family life has fallen apart so she takes off. This book deals with her becoming a mermaid, her friends there, and her trying to reconnect with her mom, dad, and baby brother.
The book just seemed to be in a rut the entire time. Events, conversations, situations, never seemed to take off and go anywhere. While the idea was a good one, things just never jelled for me.
If you would like a sweet, not-to-deep little book to pass the time, this is the one for you. The mermaid sequences were interesting, but I never really cared about the characters or what happened to them. I just wanted to finish this so I could start on another book, which makes me feel awful.
Thank you for your time!
But what I did like about "Swim to Me" was that it made me remember childhood trips to Weeki Wachee in the 1970s, driving through Tampa and to Orlando. If all you want is a little nostalgia for old Florida, with low literary expectations, "Swim to Me" can fit the bill.
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This story about Wiikii Watchee and the Circus is loosely based in the Gulf Coast Tampa area. Since I live in St. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Palmtree18
I was disappointed. In this book and only read half of it.Published 14 months ago by Janelle Barrera
After reading Ms. Carter's "The Puzzle King," and "The Orange Blossom Special," both of which I enjoyed, I looked forward to reading "Swim To Me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by BUBS
I read this book in 2007. Weeki Wachee Springs is on my bucket list. I love books that not only take you places, but actually involve places you can be taken!! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dru D. Marchese
I was looking forward to a story about the mermaids and others who worked at the iconic "Old Florida" attraction in the 1970s, when I was growing up nearby. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Becca
Wonderful story about a young girl who learns life lessons through hard work. Next on my list is a visit to the Weeki Watchie Mermaid Show.Published on May 4, 2014 by Ruth