The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Book - 2015 | First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
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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...
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2015.
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781481401272
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Ockle
Characteristics: 403 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 17, 2018

I began this book not expecting much. I thought it would just be another tragic-backstory-falls-in-love kind of book, but I was surprised. Sarah Ockler’s writing styles is smooth and lyrical, making it a very easy and quick read. Elyse was an excellent narrator to read from since she had no choice but to observe, giving us information without dumping it on us. The characters (Elyse, Sabastian, Christian, Christian’s parents, etc.) were all wonderfully complex, and their relationships felt years old. The setting felt as old and comfortable as a well-worn chair. The plot itself was not quite as strong, but the book was more about Elyse and her recovery than anything else, and it ended in a fairly un-cliché way. @Acciobooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

After an injury that took away her voice, Elyse’s life was forever changed. Her whole career in singing with her sister was over and her relationships became strained. Angry and heartbroken, she flees to Atargatis Cove to live with her aunt and cousin. There, she meets Christian, a notorious womanizer. Despite her fear of the sea, she joins Christian on a boating competition that will change the cove forever and Elyse has to confront her past and learn about how she too has a voice to save her home. Elyse’s character development was beautiful, from her past trauma and how she overcame it. The plot was very interesting and I rarely read about characters without a voice. This was a gorgeous and modern twist on the “Little Mermaid” and was a very unique concept. However, the romance didn’t flow that nicely and their connection wasn’t as flawless as I would’ve liked. The transition between her not interested in him to her being in love with him was bumpy and didn’t make sense. The ending was pretty good, but it didn’t feel sufficient and left a lot of questions unanswered. Rating:3.5/5
- @Iron_Rose of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 23, 2015

This was an alright book. It was a little too cheesy at parts, and the characters had no chemistry, in my opinion. However, the author also had beautiful prose, and the concept behind Elyse not being able to speak was unique.

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