Friday, September 18, 2015

Book Beginnings and Friday 56: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids


Book Beginnings is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader.

Rules:
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

Rules:
- Grab a book, any book.
- Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
- Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
- Post it.


My book this week is The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler.

Beginning:
This is the part where I die.

Don't panic; it isn't unexpected. The sea is prideful, after all, and Death never goes back on a deal.

Friday 56:
There I was a celebrity.

Here, I felt invisible. Intriguing, maybe. Different. But ultimately unknowable.

I thought that's what I wanted when I left Tobago. To be left alone, to hunt sea glass in the mornings and write my poems at night, dreaming of the past. To hide out on a rickety old boat that wasn't mine, unseen.

But after last night, after seeing all that shared history, closeness and rivalry and dysfunction alike, I wasn't so sure.

I was a ghost still tethered to her body, and I didn't know how to move on.

Initial Reactions / Other Thoughts
I wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it because it's a retelling of The Little Mermaid. It's my YA book club selection for this month. I was warned by Becca at Lost in Literature not to be deterred by the prologue, which was definitely confusing. I'm three chapters in now, and I finally have sense of the writing style and the main character. I think I will really enjoy this book. 

Have you read it?


What books are you reading this week?

14 comments:

  1. I have read other Sarah Ockler books but not this one, it does intrigue me though so I may have to check it out!
    http://dualreads.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/friday-reads-and-friday-56-with-book_18.html

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    1. This is my second of her books. I'm hoping I like it better than The Book of Broken Hearts. My review should be up mid-week next week.

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  2. Ok, I didn't know it was a retelling of the little mermaid!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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    1. Have you read it? I think it's going to be a pretty loose interpretation, but I'm not sure. I am hoping to finish it this weekend since book club is on Wednesday night.

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  3. Cute cover. ENJOY the book.


    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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    1. Yeah, I love the colors on the cover. Thanks!

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  4. The cover is so cute and I'm definitely intrigued that it's a little mermaid retelling. I'm glad it seems to be clicking after a little bit of a confusing prologue.

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    1. I struggled with Sara Ockler's writing in another book. I think it just takes some time to adjust to her writing style. I need to pick this book up again. It's been a couple days, but I really want to see how the Little Mermaid tale is redone.

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  5. I've heard so much about this book!! I need to check into it :) My Friday 56

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    1. My review should be up next week. Stop back and see if it's any good. :)

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  6. I finished this one recently and loved it! Hope you do too!
    Happy weekend!

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  7. I had no idea this was a Little Mermaid retelling until now! I might have to pick it up! :)

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

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    1. It's kind of a loose, metaphorical re-telling. My review will be up tomorrow.

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