by Laura Silverman
Published on May 2, 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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.
I really need to stop reading books that just aren’t my thing. Girl Out of Water happens to be one of those books. I’ve been hearing so many wonderful things about it that, even though I RARELY like contemporary YA’s, I thought I’d give it a go.
For the most part, this is a pretty quick read. I did find myself skimming at times waiting for something new to happen but, again, that comes from reading a genre outside my usual choices.
Anise was an alright protagonist. She’s definitely a teenager and acts like it, so kudos to Silverman for a good portrayal that I think teens would really relate to. At times she was a bit annoying, with the way she treated those around her and some of the things she said, but overall an enjoyable character.
More of a side note but I have no interest in surfing, live nowhere near places that people would surf, and all that, so that part of this book’s world was a bit distant for me. Well-written, but distant.
I thought that the relationships between Anise and her family members were brought to light throughout this story and gave it that bit of substance I like to see in books. This was light read but I wouldn’t call it a fluff summer book. There’s more to it.
But ultimately this just wasn’t a good book for me. I gave it a try and definitely see a bright future ahead for this author but likely won’t be reading more of her work in the contemporary genre as it’s not my thing.