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When high-school senior Noah Gallagher and his adopted teenage sister, Lo, go to live with their grandmother in her island cottage for the summer, they don’t expect much in the way of adventure. Noah has landed a marine biology internship, and Lo wants to draw and paint, perhaps even to vanquish her struggles with bulimia. But then things take a dramatic turn for them both when Noah mistakenly tries to save a mysterious girl from drowning. This dreamlike, suspenseful story—deftly told from multiple points of view—dives deeply into selkie folklore while examining the fluid nature of love and family.
This was my Random Reads pick for the month of August and I was excited to read it since I love stories with mermaids and such. This was my first selkie story and it was interesting and a nice read. The story was very well-written and I enjoyed the visuals that came from the author’s descriptions. I have never been to New Hampshire, but I hope it is as lovely in real life as it is in the story. We get to see the story from different views, so we get to see on land and in the water with the selkies and hear some abut selkie lore.
As for the characters, I liked them, but I wasn’t as connected with them as I would have liked to have been. Noah was nice and hardworking and Lo was quiet, but a good sister. I liked them, but I just didn’t fall in love with them. Mara was interesting, but I felt it was kind of weird that Noah would want to immediately befriend a girl who was running around in an oversized men’s shirt and string as a belt for clothing. There were a couple more issues that were a bit more serious that were touch on in this story, but not talked about in great depth; it was part of the story, but not THE story.
I loved the cover and it’s soft colors. I like to think that the person on the front is Mara, seeing her both in her human form and her selkie form. I also liked the title with the fancy scripted letters of the T and S. I really enjoyed reading this book, even if I didn’t connect to the characters the way I wanted to, it was still a great story. I will definitely read more by this author since she writes such lovely scenes. I definitely recommend this book to those who love stories about water creatures!
Beautiful writing, selkie lore, good characters, didn’t connect to them like I wanted to.