Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Came out: May 19, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
The day that I got this, I was prowling the shelves at my local Borders for a good ol' mermaid book. I wanted something light, fresh, and funny. And then I came upon this book. This fulfilled all of my requirements and the cover is just beautiful. I love it because it's unique and cute but also intriguing. It was (excuse the pun) adorabubble.Maybe the reason why I'm writing this review right now is because I'm watching H2O on Nick but still, it was a fabulous book. For some reason, a lot of the girls I know either like books about (a) mermaids or (b) boarding schools. Not that I'm complaining of course, because I love both of them.I loved Lily's innocence and her use of sea slang: "guppy", "son of a swordfish", etc,. This is a perfect summer read. I found myself giggling the entire way through. I love the cover and even the actual book without the cover is bright pink. I find myself eagerly recommending this to a lot of hesitant readers who want to start with a light easy book.While the plot was very predictable and Lily could be slightly self-absorbed sometimes, I did like her and the storyline. I love how Tera makes the idea of mermaids her own by building a culture and such around her characters. I loved Lily's relationship with her father and her hate-to-love relationship with Quince. I loved their banter! Brody was just obnoxious though, so I felt that Lily could be slightly clueless.Anyways, you should definitely read this over the summer (or sooner). It's great! The perfect beach read!Recommended for anybody who loves: Oh My Gods; Tera Lynn Childs; Daughters of the Sea: May; Daughters of the Sea: Hannah; mermaid books; Sea Change.Possible book club questions:Why do you think that Lily is so attracted to Brody?"She bought me these boots." This statement from Quince indicates that there might be a backstory between him and Courtney. How do you think this will develop in the sequel (out in June)?How do you think that Tera made her own mermaid culture? What elements are exclusively hers?Poseidon is described as having a tempestuous personality. Why do you think that Tera decided to have Lily's dad be consistent in his emotions, for example,"the only time that I had seen him this sad was when I was six,"?