Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, by Sarah Ockler
Ockler has crafted a complex story that worked best for me when it was its most down-to-Earth, dealing with the boy, the race, and the conflict with the father. But there's a lot more to the novel -- memories of Tobago, mermaid lore, mysticism tied to the ocean, as well as a lot of character back story. Some of this was hard to follow and I found the book really hard to get into at first.
What I really did like was Elyse's strong character. While she wasn't always good at expressing herself (especially with the men in her life), she was great at standing up for herself and what she wanted. The romance that develops between her and Christian was particularly hot, in no small part thanks to that agency she exhibits.