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Aqua Paperback – March 25, 2014
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"This book kept me turning the pages, never leading to a dull moment."
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"She had me doubled over laughing a few times throughout the book. I think she may be my favorite character...like, ever. Period."
- Author Allana Kephart"This book has it all: action, suspense, humor, a few twists and even some tender moments. I could not put it down. I loved every single moment of it, start to finish..."
- Author Melissa Simmons
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First of all, the premise is a eye-catcher. Reading the blurb, I thought... Ok.. so this is a sort of fantastic water adventure? I was down to give it a go. George's writing style was both absorbing (pun intended) and comical. There was a lot of detail written into facial expressions and shrugs and head jiggles, which at first seemed redundant. However, just a few chapters in and I have no doubt that my face was reenacting each description and I came to realize that God really is in the details.
The first few chapters introduce us to protagonist, Layla, as well as her mother and aunt. The trio moves to a new coastal home every year on Layla's birthday. She doesn't seem to question why but suffers in silence, wrapping herself up in her books; both reading and writing them. Enter stage left, two mysterious strangers and a chance encounter at the beach. I have a rather staunch NO SPOILER policy, so I won't say much else about the specifics. I will say that this book is full of pithy snark and witty banter that had me rolling. I was also so invested in these characters that I couldn't put the book down and am now a little sad because I don't see a SEQUEL!!!
Is it weird that I was kind of hoping for a Team Pyke???
I found the author's imagination entertaining overall, but I often didn't care for her writing style. It seemed a bit strained and forced in some parts. And while I appreciate her efforts to portray facial expressions and thus characters' emotions, how the editors allowed the overused pairing of the words *wrinkled* and *forehead*, and occasionally a few synonyms of the same, is beyond me. For some reason it bothered me, but perhaps other readers won't consider some of the author's favored word choices noticeable or odd. I also felt there were some unexplained holes that would have been nice to understand in order for it to be plausible (well, aside from the fact that someone can morph into a puddle): What did the mother and aunt DO for a living? Where did they get money for expenses? Why declare your annual moving day on your beloved only daughter's birthday every single year? If someone was on death's doorstep and unable to be in human form to survive, how is that person now suddenly mobile and functioning? When revealing the truth of a secret past, why not start with a story rather than offer to just answer any questions? Some of those holes left me unsympathetic toward and irritated by the mother who had little consistent personality to begin with (other than being the gushy mom). Thankfully, the other female characters were more clearly and consistently portrayed and were stronger overall.
Criticism aside, Aqua has an interesting setting and was fairly unique. And while this will likely not win literary merits as it lacks a bit of depth, it would be a fun read ocean or poolside over the summer. I wouldn't say it's a must read and I won't go buying this for every teen I know, but it is a somewhat agreeable diversion and I will consider sampling the author's other works.
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