This Book Grew on Me

GOING ON.pngHello and happy Wednesday. Today I want to share my thoughts on Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman, which was kindly sent to me via NetGalley.

Before I started reading Girl Out of Water, I’d heard the synopsis and had very high expectations for this book, especially because I’ve recently read my fair share of YA novels in which the main character is into a sport, so obviously I was drawn to this novel given that Anise is a surfer.

When the story begins, she reveals that she has feelings for Eric, her best friend, and I must admit I immediately thought “oh well, here goes your typical YA novel,” because honestly, how many stories have we read already that begin with the “main character is madly in love with their best friend” premise? That, along with the fact that two out of three words Anise utters are curse words was annoying for me at first, which made my expectations for this book lower a whole lot. In all honesty, I put the book down for a week or so because for a while I didn’t even want to try to read a few pages; I simply thought the author’s style was too harsh for my taste.

I got over that, obviously, and then resumed the story and found that there were more things I liked than those I disliked. The fact that there’s a lot of diversity in terms characters with different ethnic and racial backgrounds as well as sexual orientations is something that made me lean towards liking the book a whole lot. There are also different types of families, and that is a reflection of diversity that as a child of divorced parents I appreciate.

This is a YA story and even though I discovered there are bits that make it stand out from your typical stories, it’s undeniable that it follows some patterns that are very frequent in novels within this genre. I’m talking about the whole “girl gets shipped to the other side of the country” situation, which, is something many authors use.

Out of the books I’ve read, the following include a teenage girl (willingly or not) traveling somewhere far from her home,  to meet with an estranged parent, I can list: Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame; Twilight by Stephenie Meyer; The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith; How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne; and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. So, okay, at least Anise is not traveling from California to Nebraska to spend the summer with her estranged mother, but she does travel, and it did remind me of what I’d read in the novels I listed above. Really, you can’t blame me for being a tiny bit annoyed.

Then Laura Silverman pulled another one on me, and I kid you not, I rolled my eyes so hard my head hurt, because obviously just after Anise sets foot on Nebraska, she meets Lincoln, this tall, black, one-armed skater god and she develops a crush within the three seconds it takes to do a once-over. I get insta-crushes all the time, don’t get me wrong, and I have liked more than one guy at a time because I’m a walking cliché, but introducing that bit of possible-love-triangle drama so early on didn’t help my opinions on this book.

Oh yeah, besides, Anise acts like a child and complains about being in Nebraska every chance she gets. We get it girly, you miss your home. We got it the first time you said it, and we still got it the 300 other times.

You might be thinking that I’ve gone a bit crazy because I’ve all but said what I didn’t like about this book, but still rated it four stars, so here’s what I liked, starting with Anise’s crush, Lincoln. Okay, so let me begin by saying you’d be very lucky if you had a Lincoln in your life. I have one, and he’s as tall and dark and handsome as Anise describes his own, only he has two arms and I’m sure he doesn’t skate. Anyway, I adored Lincoln’s character because he’s this chill, easy-going, always positive guy, who reads and knows about stuff and is passionate about life and won’t let you get in a bad mood, like ever. Lincoln alone gets like ten stars.

I binge-read the whole second part of the book, and the reason for it is that I just loved every page and wanted to know what happened next and smiled every time Lincoln did or said anything. In this part we read about a road trip, and you know that I love me some books on road trips because they are fun, and I get to read about these cool places in the United States I had no idea existed, and honestly, the road trip is what restored my faith in this book.

Thank you to Laura Silverman and NetGalley for the ARC, and hopefully I’ll get to read something new by this author sometime soon.

Now tell me, has a book grown on you as you read it? Which one was it?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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