on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Family, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Reaction Upon Reading: This did nothing for me
“There’s something satisfying about going faster than you can on the legs you were born with.”
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 fucking did it. I ollied. A shitty ollie, but still – if a tree falls in the forest, and it was a shitty tree, the tree still fell, right?”
Ugh I don’t know where to start with this. This book did absolutely nothing for me at all. I put it down numerous times and I was skimming and scanning to try and speed the plot up. Nothing really happened at all. Anise is pretty much the same person at the end of the book as she was at the start.
‘Girl out of Water’ is ‘coming of age’ story about a girl named Anise.
Anise has surfing in her blood. She lives and breathes her love of being out on the water, so when her Aunty is badly injured in a car accident and she and her father are on the next flight out to Nebraska, Anise is crushed. This was meant to be her last summer with her friends, they had plans of how to make the most of it before they all go their separate ways to college. *cue the sad music*
Anise finds herself as the surrogate mother to her three younger cousins. Two twin boys obsessed with skateboarding and a moody pre-teen who keeps shutting her out. Nebraska is a far cry from the beaches she was expecting, but before you know it Anise has swapped her surfboard for a skateboard and a boy who is nothing like she expected.
I was hooked on this storyline until Anise become super whiny and the plot felt like it was crawling towards her relationship and returning home at the end of the summer. There was a lot of what I would consider ‘filler’ content in the story. It was so realistic that the timing felt realistic too. It would take chapters and chapters for anything remotely interesting to take place.
Anise basically goes through this spiral of not wanting to end up like her mother, while doing exactly the same things her mother did; running away, shutting people out, keeping secrets. I will admit I was surprised her mother didn’t make an appearance at all in the book. Also, how could her father uproot her life and then make her in charge of three children all day every day?! This makes no sense to me at all. Where is she going to college? Has she changed her mind about that now…and what about Lincoln? Too many things annoyed so I am just going to stop.
I will be forgetting this book in a hurry.
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