Hi guys! Life has been so stressful these past few weeks, I keep putting off writing reviews! *cries* But here I am today! I wanted to share my thoughts on an amazing upcoming diverse book!
Girl Out of Water
by Laura Silverman
Expected Publication: May 2, 2017.
Goodreads Rating: 4.75 stars (1,747 Ratings)
My rating: 5 stars (⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆)
Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.
Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.
First of all, I seriously cannot believe that this is a debut novel! Laura Silverman is definitely a pro!
Girl Out of Water is the perfect coming of age novel. This is the story of Anise Sawyer and her unexpected summer away from home. Anise had big plans for her last summer with all of her friends, before college life separates them.
Anise lives and breathes the ocean. She loves surfing and does it every day; which means that going aaaaall the way to Nebraska is LITERALLY taking the Girl Out of Water. (Get it?)
So yeah… Sadly, Anise is unexpectedly forced to spend the summer away from home. Her aunt got severely injured in a car crash, which means that Anise must help to take care of her aunt and her cousins. She is far from her friends, her passion, AND she’s stuck babysitting! Oh, and to top it all off, her friends are back home having all sorts of summer fun, while all she can do is see their pictures. But our main character isn’t the kind of teenager that will get mad and stomp her feet; we actually see Anise dealing with it, while she’s learning and growing through the summer; which is probably my favorite part of the book… her character development!
During her summer in Nebraska, Anise gets stuck babysitting, and takes her cousins to the park. On her trips to the park, Anise meets Lincoln, a one-armed skater boy that will make everyone fall in love. Seriously, Lincoln is such an interesting love interest… can I meet him? Lol! He’s the kind of guy that will help you get over your fears and out of your comfort zone, but he will not force you into doing it. He’s just THAT good.
I really wish I could do a better job reviewing this book, but honestly… let me make it short and clear; Girl Out of Water is a simple yet AMAZING story about love, loss, abandonment, family, friendship and GROWTH. I loved that this book gives family a HUGE role, and the relationship Anise has with her dad, is one I wish I could see more of in YA lit.
If you’re looking for the perfect summer contemporary novel, LOOK NO FURTHER!
This book is adorable, funny, amazing, and original. I cannot wait for this book to go out into the world!
Oh, and right now, you can pre-order it for less than $7 on Amazon!