23309653The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Release Date: June 5, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Library
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star (4.5)
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From the bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, a talented singer loses her ability to speak after a tragic accident, leading her to a postcard-perfect seaside town to find romance.

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… – Goodreads

Review:

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids has quickly become one of my top books of 2016. It has everything that I enjoy in books: summer, romance, feminism, water. I was not expecting to like the story as much as I did, but I’m so glad that I gave it the chance and it in turn gave me heart eyes.

What I love is that Ockler takes the story of a girl losing her voice and turns it into so much more than that. Because by the end Elyse finds her voice in ways that I was not expecting. Elyse, our main character has a life changing accident in which she can no longer talk. She proceeds to move from her small island, with everything she knows, to a small coastal town in Oregon. Elyse is one of the strongest, supportive characters I’ve read in a long time (and I read a lot). Elyse is in the middle of grieving and while in denial of said grief she is strong and supportive for the loved ones in her life.

Then we have Christian, the town asshole. He’s cocky, but quickly it’s understandable why Elyse falls for him. Ockler wrote a well fleshed out character whose flaws were real and made sense. His younger brother is the cutest thing in the entire world and just wants to be loved for being himself. There honestly was not a single thing about this book that I did not enjoy. As someone who recently read a lot of mermaid books this was by far the best that I read and will happily re-read.