Release Date: May 19th, 2010
Genre: Young Adult-Fantasy
Source: I own a copy.
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
And then there was Lily. She was possibly the most infuriating protagonist I have encountered this year. She pined over a boy who played with her, loved him for absolutely no reason–she didn’t even KNOW him, and all the while she had an amazing guy standing right next to her who adored her for who she was, and for the love of god, I don’t know what Quince saw in her because she was an ASSHOLE. Horrible, really. Stupid. Impossible to root for because she could not see what was right in front of her face. She was ignorant, foolish, blind, didn’t think things through, and irritated me to NO end with her sea-speak.
However, I really adored the writing in this book. And Quince. Oh, Quince. I know am a 32-year-old female and I will possibly get arrested for saying this, but won’t you come rescue me from my life of boredom? That’s the perfect guy right there, folks. Talk about devoted. And attractive. And a bad boy without actually being abusive. That’s refreshing in YA. He was perfect. Lily, honestly, did not deserve him. When I read these books as an adult, I often feel like a child molester for swooning over the male characters. That’s why most of the time I try to avoid the ones with too much romance. Because I end up hating myself. Hahaha! Hey, at least I am honest. But Quince was wonderful.
But besides that, this book is chock full of crappy stereotypes and predictability. Mean girls and jocks abound. But it’s cute. It’s fluffy. And I guess I kinda liked it. Though I sort of hate myself for saying that.