ARC Review: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler!!!

Posted May 22, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Sarah Ockler
Release Date: 06/02/2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Received From: Edelweiss

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 . . .

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I am in awe of Sarah Ockler- The Summer of Chasing Mermaids showed that she is a prowess at storytelling, and also poems. The way that this book was written was unique- the words flowed together like a song, a mixture of poetic genius and depth. This isn’t a book where everything was written on the surface. No, to truly understand this book, you have to look deep down inside of yourself, and think about your coming of age story. Because to me, that’s exactly what The Summer of Chasing Mermaids represented. Sure, it represented a girl who had lost her voice, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. It was really about how she was able to overcome her silence, and turn a new page in the story that was her life.

After reading the synopsis of this story, I thought that it was going to be a cute, light contemporary. Boy, was I wrong. Yes it was cute, and yes it was contemporary, but it was anything but light. Elyse, the main character, reminded me of a flower that hadn’t bloomed yet. Ever since she lost her voice, due to the unfortunate accident, she turned into someone shy, someone who was afraid to get attached to anything, and someone who was afraid to make any goals. After all, she had always dreamed of singing with her sister, but with no voice, that wasn’t an option for her anymore. So when Elyse decided to move to Oregon for a little bit, she was just a shadow of who she used to be. All of her petals were curled around her, not letting anyone see who she truly was. But then, as the book continued, Elyse’s petals started blooming, and Elyse realized that she could still shine, even without a voice.

I know that this review didn’t include a brief summary of the book, like my reviews normally do, but that’s because I want you to experience it for yourself. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is one of those rare books where everyone will gain a different understanding after reading it.

I really enjoyed this book and give it 4.5/5 stars.

Also, let me know in the comments below- What was the last book that made YOU really think about life?

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2 responses to “ARC Review: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler!!!

  1. Girl! I also thought this book would be lighty. It was anything but light, this book was deep. Elyse learned how to find happiness and it was beautiful. I loved how she started growing and learning more to life in this book as well! Sarah did a great job. Great review! 🙂


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