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 . . .
I've been a fan of Sarah Ockler ever since I read Bittersweet, so I was really excited to read her newest novel. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids turned out to be her most beautifully written novel yet, and one that told a captivating story.
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids follows Elyse, a girl who's lost her voice. Being a former singer, it's especially heartbreaking for her. I loved reading about her journey and the various emotions she struggled with, from anger to sadness. The way this story was told, being one that featured a character who can't speak, was done really well!
A large part of the story surrounds the sailing competition some of the characters (including Christian and Elyse) are preparing to go on. The sea was depicted in so many different ways, especially with it being something that took away from Elyse. The descriptions of the sea were so gorgeous.
Sarah Ockler's writing is so beautiful- almost lyrical. I felt like this was a book her writing style particularly shone in :) Out of the books I've read by her, this is definitely one of my favorites (second only to The Book of Broken Hearts).
As for Christian, I loved him as a character. He's made out to be so much more complex than I initially presumed. I particularly enjoyed reading about the development of his and Elyse's relationship and how it changed over the course of the story :)
I'd give The Summer of Chasing Mermaids 4 out of 5 flowers. It's a beautifully written story and one of the best standalone novels out there! :)
This cast was a bit more difficult for me to do, as I feel like the cover models were perfectly picked. However, I picked two other people who look similar to the way I imagine the characters in the novel!
Young Kerry Washington as Elyse
Matt Dallas as Christian
Jacob Melton as Sebastian
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Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of young adult novels, including #scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens' Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. Her latest, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, hits the shelves in June 2015.
Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she's not writing or reading at home in Washington, she enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex.
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