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Teen Review: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Submitted by on June 24, 2011 – 3:20 am12 Comments

Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Book: Forgive My Fins
Release: June, 2010
Series: Forgive My Fins 1
Source: Personal Library
Purchase: – Book Depository 

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—the instant 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.

I cannot stop smiling from reading this book. It is cuteness personified err…defined? Either way, this book gives me the warm fuzzies and made me extremely happy.

Who knew books had that power? Or maybe it’s not the book but the author herself that has that magical ability to pull me into her story and hold me captive till the very end despite the fact that the book itself isn’t necessarily deep, thought provoking or nail biting thrilling like all the dystopian books flooding shelves…

Whatever the formula it works!Talk about the perfect summertime read, Forgive My Fins has everything I look for in a good summer vacation book.

For starters, it has MERMAIDS! Have I ever told you all how much I adore mermaids? Anyway, this particular little mermaid is half human and there are a slew of fun and silly problems that her unique genetics add to the storyline, including a teensy fact that if she kisses a guy she better really mean it because…well just trust me. Add to the mix a mermaid growing up under the sea eating sushi and hanging with all the other sea life transferred to land and  it instantly makes reading the book on a beach or poolside the perfect atmosphere to really get lost in the text!

Another awesome thing is the unconventional romance in the book. Let me try to explain: Girl likes boy, friend of girl likes girl, while boy likes other girls besides this girl…it sounds confusing but in reality it is very realistic and true to how teens emotions are. Girls very rarely like the guy that is right next to them. We always want what is just out of reach. Both guys are crush worthy and it makes reading the book twice as much fun!

Lily Sanderson is a wonderful heroine! I could totally sympathize and relate to her and her ordeals. We all have something that makes us feel a little different than everyone else and in Lily’s case it is her fins. Growing up apart from humans she has some interesting habits that separate her from the norm. I think there is a little bit of Lily in each of us, and that is most likely why I enjoyed this book so much.

Beaches, mermaids, hot guys, teen drama, angst, silliness, cuteness and budding romances… is full of awesome!

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Also Reviewed By: – – Sit Here And Read

Desilula is our resident "Tween" who helps give us insight to all the Young adult and children's books from the perspective of....well...a young adult. She loves to read and write and absolutely hates math! Her favorite books include classics like "Little Women" and "Alice in Wonderland", but she is hip with all the latest young adult books including her favorite, "Hunger Games"! She enjoys hanging out with friends and doing activities like swimming, skate boarding, climbing trees, and performing in plays or musicals. She plays a little piano, and a little guitar (mostly power chords;)) and has played in a band. She loves animals and plans to travel the world someday!
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  • Day says:

    Fun review. This looks like a really fun book!

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  • SarahEm says:

    Awesome review, you captured the author's writing perfectly "Or maybe it's not the book but the author herself that has that magical ability to pull me into her story and hold me captive till the very end despite the fact that the book itself isn't necessarily deep, thought provoking or nail biting thrilling."

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  • They had me at mermaids! Great review!

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  • I seriously need to read more mermaid books. I always find them magical and fun, I just don't have enough of them on my TBR list. I can't wait to read this one – thanks!

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  • Rocky says:

    I agree, this looks like a wonderful summer read. I have seen buzz for this book a year ago but never got around to reading it. Thank you for convincing me!

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  • Vivien says:

    I've been wondering about this one for a while. Especially now that the sequel will be out soon. It sounds really cute!

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  • Well said! We girls rarely like the guy right next to us. We always like the one that's just out of our reach. It's always nice to read a book that relates so closely to teenage experiences without being too angsty and, since the main character is a mermaid, I think it should be quite fun.

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  • I was never really a fan of mermaids (I blame The Little Mermaid), but I recently read a book about mermaids that left me wanting more. This sounds like my kind of mermaid book, and I'll definitely have to read it as soon as I can get my hands on it.
    Great review! ^_^

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  • I am really intrigued with this one. I have yet to pick up a mermaid book and though I've loved the little mermaid, I'm looking forward to something a little bit different. Can't wait to read this

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  • Sakira says:

    This sounds like a really fun book, and it definitely sounds like it portrays teen relationship issues. Girls are always looking at girls out of their reach while the guys right next to them are… well, next to them where they can't be seen. Adding in the mermaid factor (not to mention the *gorgeous* cover), and this is a book that I have to read.

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  • marybelle says:

    Mermaids are fascinating. On my list.


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  • Aik says:

    I love the way you write you review; it makes people want to know more about Forgive My Fins. I've read this one, and I awarded it with 5 stars. Check it out .

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