Book Review: Forgive My Fins by: Tera Lynn Childs

Forgive My Fins

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publish Date: 1 June 2010

Origins: Publisher for Review


Blurb: 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—the instant 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.

Review in 5: Heartwarming, Fun, Sweet, Clever, For Teens

Review: This book draws you in quickly and leaves you breathless by the end. Lily’s just an ordinary high school girl – with homework, drama, and an unrequited love, but she has one big secret: she’s a mermaid princess! Her one wish is to be with Brody, the ‘perfect’ boy in high school, if only she could tell him how she feels. However, the truth doesn’t always set you free.

I read this book in one sitting and was teary-eyed by the end (in a good way!). I found it was very easy to relate to Lily’s feelings when reality comes crashing through your fantasy about how a person truly is and finding the true love that was right in front of you the whole time.

I loved the descriptiveness and humor in the story. The mermate bond is a bond I think people would love to have with their significant other – the soul deep understanding that is like nothing on earth. I enjoyed going through the adventure along with Lily and I think the author captured very well the turmoil of the teenage mind – be it human or mermaid.

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  1. Aw, this sounds like a such a sweet book. I really want to read it.

  2. I've seen this book around but wondered if it would be cheesy. I'm pleased to read that it is actually a good story. Another to add to WL. :P

  3. awesome review! i loved this book. lily kind of got on my nerves but she is a great character. Love Quince!

  4. Lovely review =) I really want to read this book. I haven't read anything about mermaids before.


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