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Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Forgive My Fins

by Tera Lynn Childs

Release Date: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Book Fairy
Challenge: None
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Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it's not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you're a normal teenage girl, but when you're half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there's no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily's mermaid identity is a secret that can't get out, since she's not just any mermaid—she's a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn't feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she's been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren't really the casual dating type—the instant they "bond," it's for life.

When Lily's attempt to win Brody's love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

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Looking for a fun, quick, cute, summer read? Look no further! Forgive My Fins has it all and more!

Let's just say I'm head over tail for the whimsical mermaid tale!

Such a cute story. This is definitely a novel that will appeal to the upper ya crowd but at the same time is something that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to the younger ya and even mg readers.

I adored Quincy from the first spitball mention. Not really specifically because of the spitball, but because he seemed like the genuinely funny and incredibly sweet guy. Don't ask me how I got all of that out of a spitball, but I just did.

Lily was an excellent protagonist. I was a little worried that she might come across as stuck up, since she was a princess and all, but she's incredibly humble and insecure. She might have been fishy royalty, but teen girls won't have a hard time relating to her at all!

The novel was a bit predictable, but I still enjoyed the journey. I loved the whole bonding issue, which I don't want to get into much, since it could be potentially spoilery. But it was interesting to see how Childs invented her own mermaid mythology. Did not see that epilogue coming though, I'm hoping that may mean a sequel? One can hope anyway. And can I just say that I'm so excited to see mermaids! I've always been.

I loved Childs' writing style in Oh. My. Gods. and was glad to see that Forgive My Fins had that signature quirky, easy style. And I'm not embarrassed to admit that I giggled uncontrollably throughout most of this novel. It was so much fun to read.

Add this one to your summer read list!

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Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs + young adult