Saturday, September 1, 2012

Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath

Author: Helene Boudreau
Format: eBook
Print Length: 231 pages
Publisher: Sourcebook Jabberwocky
Published: May 1, 2012

Jade begins her summer confused. Yes, there's that whole "will this be a leg-day or a tail-day" kind of confusion, but Jade's got even bigger problems: it's been three weeks since Mom returned to the ocean with no news of her whereabouts. Plus, it's been twenty-one days since Jade first kissed her mer-boy Luke and now-nothing.

Will Mom find the enchanted tidal pool that will allow her to become human? And why is Luke acting so weird?

The SEAquel to Helene Boudreau's critically acclaimed Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings is as energetic and fresh as a salty sea breeze.

My Thoughts

A fun-loving read that any tween or pre-teen would love!  Jade is obsessing over her first kiss, since Luke has been out of town.  She gets mad when she realizes he is back and he hadn’t called.  Unlike most girls Jade lets Luke in on her anger- only to be told that his mommy is in the hospital.  Talk about embarrassing. 
Even more embarrassing is having to talk about these issues with just her dad.  Jade’s mom is missing and they are doing everything possible to get her back.  That coupled with an evil company trying to build over the natural tidal pool, a very important tidal pool to all mermaids near and far.  It allows them to change back into two legged people. One cannot help but wonder what new sorrow will darken Jade’s door.
Boudreau pens teen anguish very well, pairing it with situations that seem impossible to overcome.  The heroine and her Scooby like crew never gives up though.  It is amazing how much more confident one is when one has a group of friends that believe in them.   It is even more amazing what one angry gal, one data phone and Facebook can accomplish.  The girls organize a demonstration organized literally overnight. 
A playful read that will entertain you during that interval between more highly anticipated reads. 

My Rating 3 stars out of 5

Other Characters

Cori- Jade’s best friend, she keeps her grounded.
Trey- Luke’s brother and Cori’s ummm boyfriend.
Chelse- Jade and Cori’s co-worker, seems totally into herself.  But you will be surprised.

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