Monday, 27 December 2010

Review: Real Mermaids don't wear toe rings - Helene Boudreau

Genre: YA/MG, paranormal
Pages: 224
Published: December 2010 Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning...

If she hadn't been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail?

Most. Embarrassing. Moment. Ever.

Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?

Jade is determined to find out. So how does a plus-size, aqua-phobic mer-girl go about doing that exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend, Cori, and to her crush, Luke?

Jade finds out she is a mermaid. Her best friend spends a lot of time with another girl, and Luke, her crush, why would he ever look at her. There is a lot to handle.

My thoughts:
This was a short cute book, and I loved the mermaid explanation. That was really original and it almost made me believe it could be true. So here the author really thought about how and why there are mermaids.

Jade is a nice girl, her mum drowned a year earlier and she is trying to cope. She gets her period and her dad goes all out and buys a cart filled with products, hilarious and funny. Then she finds out she can become a mermaid, and she is really scared. Who wouldn't be since she know nothing at all about being a mermaid. There is also friendship drama since a new girl tries to move into their group, and she is not that nice. And of course then there is the crush, and Luke is a really sweet guy. But the teenage drama is never too drama, instead the focus is more on her coping with this new situation and what that brings.

There is also some action, I shall not give any details, but something is going to happen.

All in all this was a sweet book. I started to read and read it in one sitting. I was amused, and the mermaid angle, oh so good. I wonder where she got the idea of their origin?

Recommendation and final thoughts:
A yes there, this is something young girls would enjoy. First there is mermaids, cool, the crush, and issues with friends. The paranormal and the down to earth things all young people go through. It's a 3,5. I enjoyed the book. 

Reason for readings:
Jumped on the mermaid wagon


review copy from the publisher


Cherry said...

I like books which has a high authentic feel to it... I can connect more with the book if it rings true to me.

Yvonne said...

Sounds cute! Great review!

DCMetroreader said...

This must be an exciting book if you were able to read it in one sitting! I like the mermaid angle too -- life under the sea has always intrigued me.

Lea said...

Does sound like a cute book B! What a great review. Thanks for sharing I hope you enjoyed a lovely Christmas :D

Chris said...

What an interesting premise!

Blodeuedd said...

The evidence of things were just so good, if she just made it up like that then she sure has some imagination.

Thanks, and yes it was :)

Lol, well, I was a bit bookstarved and suddenly I had finished this one :=)

Unknown said...

nice review! the title of the books is really cute LOL

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad to see the book is as cute as the title.

Anonymous said...

Sounds cute, but maybe a little too teenagey.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I love mermaids and I won this book so now I can't wait to read it. Sounds like a cute read.

Blodeuedd said...

Thanks :) I hope you had a nice holiday too. I got books, yay.
And yes such a cute book.

Fun and short, yay

Lol, yes I do like cute cute titles, and for a YA/MG title it is perfect

Blodeuedd said...

I do like when that happens :)

Well, that is true, so of course so much better for that crowd

I hope you like it! Can't even remember the last time I read about mermaids

Staci said...

Mermaids are a new one for me..sounds like a book that I could see some of my students reading for sure!

Anachronist said...

A cute and simple story for teens - thanks for your review! Life as a mermaid must be interesting.

vvb32 reads said...

LOL - cute title and sounds like a cute story too

Unknown said...

Hi B!

Have to try this one, sounds cute! And I read a lot of YA anyway, have to try a new author!

Dottie :)

Teddyree said...

This sounds cute, don't think I've read any mermaid stories. said...

Not heard of this book before, but I guess they cant wear toe-rings, lol.

Blodeuedd said...

I do think the book would be great for them :)

All the fish you could see, or being eaten by sharks! Scary

Cute all the way around :D

Blodeuedd said...

I do like some YA or MG sometimes, hihi, for me it's so short, and they are so sweet too. I like sweet

The more I think about it, the more unsure I get if I have read something other than this before

Lol, can be pretty trick with that tail :)

Nina said...

Great review. This book sounds and looks just too cute. :)

Darlene said...

Mermaids seem to be pretty popular this year. I like the cover.

Blodeuedd said...

I am sure you would like it :)

They are everywhere so had to check them out to see what was happening

The Bookworm said...

this sounds all around cute. The title and the premise.

Simcha said...

This does sound like a cute book. Perhaps I'll see if I can get a hold it it for when I'm in the mood of a light and fun read.

Blodeuedd said...

You got it :)

It was perfect for me, cos I was struggling with this book fantasy book (it's good, but it takes so long to read) so I finished this book and then I was on a roll again

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i am definitely on the mermaid bandwagon!!

Blodeuedd said...

Let's jump in the ocean then :)

Jenny N. said...

A fun mermaid read, I'm in!

Blodeuedd said...



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