Thursday, July 16, 2015
Book Review: "The Summer of Chasing Mermaids" by Sarah Ockler
It has been a little while since I've read Sarah Ockler (I missed the last book or two) but I've always loved her edge to a story. The books that I have read (Twenty Boy Summer and Fixing Delilah) seem to have an underlying theme of empowerment. In this book, empowerment is all over the place! This is all about finding your voice - even if you cannot speak - and using it so that people listen. Elyse is surrounded by people who in one way or another, have lost their voice or are being told that what they are saying is wrong without allowing for an argument.
Christian has a younger brother who is obsessed with the mermaid folklore, is constantly searching for mermaids, and wants nothing more than to dress as a mermaid in the town's annual Mermaid Celebration. However, people keep telling him that he can't or shouldn't want these things because he is a boy. I kind of loved how this was included as a subplot, even if it made me angry and frustrated.
There is a lot going on here, and I loved it all. Perfect for older teens who are looking for their voice and figuring out what they want to do in life.... with a nice side of romance as well.
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
by Sarah Ockler
Simon Pulse, 2015
Source: Purchased New