- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: May 9, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071RVX7HB
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Girl out of Water Audiobook – Unabridged
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Anise is a very distinct character, with goals and personality traits that are common, but not ones that necessarily get a lot of focus. For example, sure many high school kids want to leave home, but plenty are happy in their hometown and don't want to leave. Anise knows what she likes and what she wants and she's not embarrassed by it. Plus part of her identity is being a niece, and her name is literally Anise, which I didn't realize until now so I feel like sharing. Anyway.
There are two transracial adoptees in the book. Nothing about their representation stood out to me as problematic. I'm not a TRA so it's not like I can give a stamp of approval there, but nothing super concerning jumped out at me, I'd love to here what other reviewers think of the rep. It is cool to have TRAs who aren't just young children in a book, so that was different than what you traditionally see.
The romance is cool, and the secondary characters are well developed in a way that you're sad they don't each have their own book.
Basically the description is very accurate, if you like Jenny Han, Morgan Matson and contemporaries in that vein, then this will be your cup of tea. (and I do, so it is.)
I know it is that season, too, because I have DNF two heavier novels this week. I’m too restless to try and sit through them. I needed something fun–and Laura Silverman’s Girl Out of Water was just the ticket to save me from my slump.
The blurb is a little cringey at first glance (Lincoln has a disability, he shouldn’t be defined by it). If I didn’t know anything about the context or author, I might turn away from this one. However, I’ve followed Laura Silverman on Twitter for a long time, and there is no way she would treat someone with a disability with anything but the utmost respect. And she absolutely does. Lincoln is one of the most delightful YA boyfriends that I have read in a long time. His relationship with Anise is adorable, but also respectful–no one is pressuring anyone here, there isn’t any unnecessary sexual drama, and I love that.
There’s a lot of swearing, which…if you have followed me for any amount of time, you know that bothers me not at all. Still, it’s surprising for this style of YA novel. I like that Silverman didn’t hold back, since obviously most people don’t in real life–but I could see it being a problem for some.
“Summer reads” are always pretty fast books for me. I read this in only a few hours. Once I started, it was hard to put down–Silverman’s characters are captivating, and they drive the story. It’s a book full of normal, every day people dealing with normal, every day drama…plus a little extra. Totally one you should add to your beach bag this year. Just maybe leave the banh mi SPAM at home.
My only negatives are that while teens curse, of course, and I'm guilty of this myself, there was a lot of it, and it distracted me. If it needs to be there, great, but not as filler words, which it kind of felt like at times. :) My opinion. But the one negative that bothered me was at the end. (***SPOILER ALERT***don't read past this if you haven't read this book yet!) I SO wanted Anise to see her mom, to tell her off, for her mom to have apologized, something. So the ending left me feeling a bit disappointed. Other than that, this was a well written story! Loved it. Laura Silverman is a talented author.