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?