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.
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061914657
- ISBN-13: 978-0061914652
I wanted a whale of a tale, but got a plot that was so thin a guppy could have figured out which way the tides would flow.
Lily is one of those characters you want to throw their own book at. Lily has spent the past three years infatuated with Brody, believing that he is her perfect mate. The only real quality she ever really gives repeatedly for this belief is that he is an amazing swimmer, yeah that’s relationship depth. None of this matters as she doesn’t have the gills to tell him any of this.
Quince, (Lily’s next door neighbor and boy she hates) has decided to help Lily by setting up a meeting between Lily and Brody. When Quince shows up instead, and kisses Lily, a bond is formed that only the king can break. Honestly I thought Quince was the big redeeming factor of the book. Quince is charming, supportive, and likeable. I still have no idea what he loved in Lily. She was mean to him throughout the entire book, while he stood by and waited on her to realize her true feelings.
Forgive My Fins did not make big waves in this little pond, but I did like Quince character enough to give the next book in the series a try.Happy Reading, Rebecca
2 moons: It was ok.
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