Sometimes a book comes along that just makes you smile.
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.
I’ve had my eye on this book for about a year now since I first bought it for my Media Center. My girls at school check it out pretty frequently and I was always drawn to this pretty, colorful cover! Was it a siren song luring me to this book?!
Thanks to the generous people at the Harper Collins Audio department, I finally got the chance to read…er….listen to Forgive My Fins (THANK YOU SO MUCH!). This was my first mermaid book and what can I say? I absolutely LOVED this book; it’s light, quick and just plain fun. So, yeah I really enjoyed this whole mermaid thing. What little girl doesn’t pretend to be a mermaid when she’s little and in the pool? I did! I’d hook one of those pool rings around my ankles (which looking back probably wasn’t too safe) and swim around like I had one tailfin, instead of legs!
Lily is the kind of girl you’d like to have as your friend. She’s sweet, loyal, and quirky, if not a little oblivious. She is your average teenage girl in her insecurity and boy obsessiveness which makes her an appealing main character. Quince Fletcher reminds me of a little boy who relentlessly teases the girl he thinks is pretty because he doesn’t know how to tell her about his feelings. He throws balled-up paper at her and annoys Lily to no end, but you can tell right away that Quince is sweet and caring. Le sigh…I had a boy like that once upon a time. My Quince, was a boy named Willie in 5th grade who used to sharpen his pencil and then poke my shoulder or arm with it as he walked back to his desk. It took me years to realize he had a crush on me. But I digress…
Is Forgive My Fins predictable? Yes. Do I care? No way! The plot thickens when a case of mistaken identity leads to a rather crucial kiss. Childs packs the story in with hilariously corny and sweet mermaid-ish puns, which I enjoyed and think added to the whole feel of the story.
I did read this book as part of the 2012 YA Audiobook Challenge. Emily Bauer, the audiobook narrator, although not the same person, reminded me a lot of the narrator of the Gallagher Girl series, whom I love! Her voice was perky and cute, in the right ways, although I do wish her boy voices sounded a little older (they tended to sound younger).
So, in the end Forgive My Fins a light and enjoyable fast read that I highly recommend to middle grade readers and up who are in the mood for a quick and fun romance that just makes you smile.