Review: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Posted April 11, 2016 in review / 2 Comments

Review: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah OcklerThe Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Published by Simon Pulse on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 403
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Challenge Source: Library
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From the bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, a talented singer loses her ability to speak after a tragic accident, leading her to a postcard-perfect seaside town to find romance.
The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d'Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can't sing. She can't even speak.
Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend's invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse's home in the Caribbean isn't: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.
Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He's also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn't treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.
When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove's high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn't the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian's seductive tide and entranced by the Cove's charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn't what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who's best known for breaking them...

Awwww, unpopular opinion time. I think I’m definitely one of the few people who did not really enjoy this book as much as I had hoped to. It didn’t reach the expectations that I set for it, which I admit, were pretty high. A few people told me that this was a Little Mermaid retelling, which made me quite excited, especially since the Little Mermaid was my favorite fairy tale of all time. But I honestly do not know if the blame is on me, or the book itself. Maybe it’s a little bit of both?

Here’s the thing: I love this book. I love the story line, the romance, the way it was written, like every word came out from a fairy’s mouth. But I just did not get the whole story. Truly, I did not. I am absolutely, very confused. The flash backs, the weird magical moments, the indirect relation to Ursula and the sea. I mean, what is going on? WHAT? It did not make me enjoy the book as much as I wanted to, because half the time I was trying to figure out what the heck was going on.

I mean, is it supposed to be fantasy? Like, does the girl has magic? Or is it just all in her head? Somebody please explain this to me. But nevertheless, I did enjoy the story itself, the romance and the part about boats and bets.

I do have to admit that I have zero knowledge about boats and sailings. None. Zilch. Nada. So, reading this book kinda opened up my mind to the different terminology and facts about them. It amazed me how I much I loooove the main character, Elyse, considering the fact that I did not enjoy the book that much. She is just so real and different, and she doesn’t try to ignore the fact that she’s angry at her twin for getting to be better than her. She has this anger at the world, at her family, that everything changed, and I love the fact that the author did not use her accident to turn her into this humble saint. She’s still feisty for someone who doesn’t have a voice, and she’s amazing. AMAZING, I tell you.

But yes, like I said, I wish this book could have been better. I WISH. But really, if someone knows what was going on, please explain it to me. I would like to know.

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2 Responses to “Review: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler”

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one! I have to admit, the synopsis confuses me a little too. Like, is it fantasy, or set in the modern world? I don’t really like the sound of the romance, because I HATE the boy-boy asswhole love interest trope. I don’t care if he treats the girl well, it’s just getting boring and it’s misogynistic. I really don’t think I’ll be picking this one up, because it doesn’t sound like my sort of thing. I’m glad there’s racial diversity though! (from the cover??)

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