Published: 1 July 2011
From Goodreads: 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.
This is really great fun to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's such a cute and feel-good read that I couldn't help but smile as I read.
I Loved Lily! She is absolutely adorable and I definitely loved her interactions with Quince (I will come back to him later!) I like how she's clumsy and has unruly hair - she's someone that we can all relate to. I could also relate to her crush on Brody. But honestly, with that 'blowfish' next door I think I would have found it rather hard to keep focusing my attention on Brody! Quince is in one word gorgeous! I loved him and wanted to shake some sense into Lily on many an occasion! He is just so sweet to her! I really did love their interactions and banter and they are definitely the highlight of the book for me.
I also liked the mythology - the whole thing is really fun and I especially loved the whole bonding scenario. My only complaint is how easily some of the characters accepted certain information - I think seeing would be necessary in order for their reaction to be believable but with the story as fun as it is I found it easy to overlook this.
I'm so pleased this is going to be a series and am really looking forward to the next one. I can't wait to get back to Lily and Quince and find out what is in store for them next! In the meantime I need to track down some more of Tera Lynn Child's books!
Readers often ask me which of my characters I’m most like, or whether I’m a lot like Lily in Forgive My Fins. The simple answer is that there is a lot of me in all of my characters ... especially the girls. I was a high school athlete and wore mostly jeans and tees like Phoebe in Oh. My. Gods. and I suffered from a lack of confidence like Grace in Sweet Venom. Lily is probably the character I am least like.
Lily is clumsy and awkward, she doesn’t know how to fit in, and she struggles a lot with her academics. As a teen I was very athletic and coordinated. I got along with a lot of different people. And I was an honors student in every subject. Lily is skinny, pale, and has frizzy blonde hair. I’m not skinny, have skin that tans easily, and my hair is blah brown and stick straight. The one place where Lily and I are very similar, though, is when it comes to boys.
I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that Lily is single-mindedly obsessed with Brody, the swim star at her school. She has spent most of her time in high school, on land, crushing on him and wishing she could tell him how she feels. Wishing he would feel the same way too. I can’t tell you how many times I crushed like that in high school (and elementary school and junior high and, yes, even college).
Even when I knew that I didn’t really know the boy, that I was “in love” with a fantasized image of him, I couldn’t seem to stop my feelings. Lily suffers from the same problem. Some readers get frustrated with her for this, they think she should wake up to see the reality about Brody and Quince, her next door neighbor who keeps getting in the way of catching her crush.
We all know that sometimes what we should do and what we want to do are two very different things. Just like me in high school, Lily is stuck on the fantasy, the illusion, the ideal dream of what the boy might be, which is often very different than what he really is. That’s really the only way in which Lily and I are alike, besides occasionally similar tastes in clothes.
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