Forgive My Fins
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from public library
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads:
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.
First I have to comment on the cover. I am really not a fan. The blue lips and crazy lime green eyeshadow just creep me out. And what’s more, the main character, Lily, never has blue lips or wears crazy eyeshadow colors. But that is just my thoughts on the cover. Let’s move on to the actual story.
I definitely liked this mermaid tale more than Of Poseidon, but there were some things that did bother me. But first to the things I liked, and there were a lot of them.
This book was definitely funny. Humorous writing will always be my favorite, and this type of writing style was what I was looking for at the time.
I also LOVED Quince. Especially the whole girl’s bathroom scene. So sweet. Why Lily didn’t fall madly in love with him right then and there, I will never understand. This leads me to the thing bothered me the most – Lily.
At first, I loved Lily, and totally related to her. But as the story progressed, she seemed a bit obtuse, especially regarding Brody and Quince. She was incredibly stubborn. I mean, I can be really stubborn too, but there comes a time when you have to let go.
But I did like this book. It is definitely my favorite mermaid story that I’ve read so far. And I love mermaids! The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite movies. I just got a bit annoyed with Lily, but still this was worth reading.