The Summer of Chasing Mermaids - Sarah Ockler


I have a lot of love for this book.  The writing is beautiful, and it's a sort of nod to The Little Mermaid.  I don't think it's a retelling, but there are definitely mentions in this book.

My heart hurt for Elyse.  She was in a horrible accident that left her without the ability to speak.  She had so many dreams, and one night changed everything for her.  Throughout the book she is struggling to come to terms with her new life without a voice.  She has to overcome the loss of her singing, and trying to forgive her sister after everything happened.  She thinks because she can't speak she can't make a difference.  But meeting the people at Atagartis Cove helps with her emotions.  Sometimes they stir them up, and other times they make her feel at home.  It's her actions that shows people how much she cares about things.

The story can be slow at times, but that doesn't take away from it at all.  You get in the feel of summer days on the sea.  Elyse has a lot of fear she has to overcome, but she might have a chance with the friends she has made.  Christian, Kirby, Vanessa, Noah, and Sebastian give her strength, and help her to begin to hope again.



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