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But this book? I couldn't read it.
It may get better after the first chapter. I wouldn't know, because within the first chapter I stopped, due to an attempted rape within the first five pages, and an extremely uncomfortable depiction of an autistic or intellectually disabled person within the first chapter. I just couldn't deal with it after that - whatever else the book had to offer, I didn't need to go on with a book that started me off with an attempted rape like it was just, yanno, kinda normal?
This is one of those stories that leaves you aching at the end. It's beautifully written and the characters are interesting and compelling. I love the back and forth between Emma and her brother, and James provides an intriguing love interest. If you're looking for a good YA mermaid romance, this is a great one.
This is the story of Emma, a senior in high school with a mysterious side. The story introduces her problem immediately--she's got mermaid issues. But, you know that already. You've seen the book cover. We just don't know how big of a problem that is until we see how erratic it make her life. She can't have any real friends; that would require honesty and trust; and she can't be honest with anyone, including her family or her best friend, Heather. The only one who knows the reason for her periodic need to get into the ocean is her grand-mother, on who's porch was left the baby Emma seventeen-odd, years before.
Enter, James, the amazingly handsome, totally buff, loner, with emotional needs of his own.
The story unfolds for us through these two perspectives. We are privy to their individual, inner turmoils which result in the majority of their relationship conflicts. As an adult (read that as old) man, I felt like if they had only followed through with their resolutions from one paragraph to the next, most of their problems would have been eliminated through a little simple communication. But then, we would have missed Chapter Three of, "The Book of Love", where, "You break up and then you give it just one more chance." (See, that's how old I really am... I'm referencing 1950's Rock and Roll.)
I'll admit, much of what I've read in the past which has been labeled, "Young Adult" was more fantasy than romance, and wonder if this book's plot is typical of creating romantic tension. As an old man, again, I enjoyed the romantic elements of the story, while I appreciated the development of the "Mer Lore" the most. I didn't expect a simple resolution to Emma's dilemma, as this is admittedly, "Book 1". But, I did enjoy the ending for the extent of its resolution and foreshadowing of the expected conflicts in the next book.
I happily give this book four stars and look forward to book two.
It was an interesting take on the trials of a teen gradually transforming into a mermaid. While it is written for teens and young adults, the writing was strong enough to be entertaining to an adult audience.
I would be interested in reading more by this author.
I recommend this book as an easy, entertaining read.