Bel Reviews: Terra Lyn Childs - "Forgive My Fins"

Goodreads has practically been screaming at me to pick this book up through their recommendations page since some time last year. I saw it in a discount book shop in January and now I have an extra space on my YA recommendation list as well as a humorous, sweet book.

The goodreads blurb reads…

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 – when 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.”

As you can imagine there are plenty of snort-giggle worthy moments. Classic one liners, words that would be swearing in regular language being switched out for sea-themed words.. ie: Crap being switched out for carp… and that’s all before the disaster strikes. Love, love, love it.

I’m sure we can all relate to the feeling of being like a fish out of water at some stage in our lives. Lilly just does it with class.

Tera Lynn Childs has done a nice job of making her characters endearing. Quince would have to be my favourite. Added bonus is there’s a recipe in the back of the book, for Mermaid Cupcakes. My daughter is hitting me up to make them over the Easter holidays. I’m sure they’ll be delish.

Book 2, Fins are Forever, will certainly be on my must have list for this year.

Paperback, 336 pages

Published June 28th 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published May 19th 2010)

ISBN 0061914673 (ISBN13: 9780061914676)

Cora from Vintage or Tacky does a whimsical mermaid Queen tutorial

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