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?

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14 Comments

    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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