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.
First, the girl who has lost her voices as narrator. Don’t you think it’s interesting? How would’ve she managed to communicate with others? Yes. It’s often with written words. Or, the other person who talked to her would read her mouth. But Elyse, she’s also fond of poetry. We will find her narration written in poetry format, sounds like poetry, which considered a beautiful approach to this-already-beautiful-writing novel by Sarah Ockler
Second, Trinidad-Tobago background of Elyse somehow made this novel pretty much diverse. Who would not want diversity in young adults novel? I loved it. Besides, the story sets in Atargatis Cove, Oregon (I don’t know but I think it’s fictional). A beautiful summer getaway that offered not only the beauty of the sea around but also the community annual celebration like Pirate Regata & Mermaid’s Parade.
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids was pretty much a love story BUT I think I should say that this novel has also covered a story of a girl who is fighting her grief, overcome her greatest fear after the accident that has taken her voice and her future. I cannot say that this novel has a fast-pace but it’s not slow either. Like many young adults, it has offered a premise of a couple that destined to meet and fixing each other’s wound (or past). The Summer of Chasing Mermaids was also a retelling, but I don’t know, Handersen’s tale of The Little Mermaid or Atargatis Mythology. I just can not decide because I don’t know much about both tales.
Ockler gave us many interesting characters. Lemon the caring aunt, Vanessa the easygoing girl who is also a best girl-friend of Christian and Noah the boyfriend material. I may not really fall for Elyse but I’d definitely give my heart for Kirby. She’s a sidekick (I don’t know, it always comes easy for me to fall for a second female character) and definitely a good girl. She’s the kind of person who will always welcome you and whatever stories you’ve brought.
To sum it up, I liked The Summer of Chasing Mermaids but it’s a not the kind of young adults novel that dear to me. I liked it and it was good but I can’t give it more than three and a half star. However, I recommended this for YA reader who seeks for beautiful written novel, swoony love story and diversity in one package 🙂
Title: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids Author: Sarah Ockler Release Date: June 2nd, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Format: e-ARC Page Count: 368 pages Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adults, Realistic Fiction
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