Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Laura Silverman
Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publishers via Netgalley is exchange for an honest review
Anise Sawyer is a surfer and a great one at that. She plans to spend her summer on the beach and the waves of Santa Cruz with her group of friends. However, her plans change suddenly when her aunt gets into a serious car accident which forces herself and her father to Nebraska to care for her aunt and her three children. Spending the summer in her mother’s childhood home bring up memories, questions and fears. Her mother has been a wild figure in her life since birth – flying in and out of her life with a moments notice and she starts to ask herself the question, what if she’s just like her?
Girl Out of Water was an okay read. It had enjoyable elements, and at times it was a fun read. But it also didn’t WOW me like I was hoping, and there were times that our protagonist, Anise, annoyed me – I’m all for unlikeable female characters but I felt like Anise was very selfish, spoiled, bratty, and privileged at times.
Anise is an avid surfer, and she is really good at it. She was really looking forward to her summer spending her days and evenings on the beach with her friends, and surfing the waves. When her aunt got into a car accident and she had to go to Nebraska to help out, she was angry that she had to give up her summer of surfing, sun and sand to help her family out. She despises the responsibility – mainly because she’s not used to it. At one point, she called her aunt a burden, in the heat of the moment, when she was arguing with her father because she wanted to go back to Santa Cruz so badly. She lost touch with her friends and it hurt her, but she wouldn’t answer their calls or their texts because she was jealous they were back home. I understood the message at the end, and I eventually understood her fears of becoming like her mother. Becoming a fleeting memory in people’s lives who comes and goes whenever she pleases, leaving people behind. But it came a bit late in the book that I was already annoyed by Anise’s selfish and privileged behaviour.
I did really love Lincoln and the romance was a great element in the book, it was very cute and sweet. Lincoln was a fun and charasmatic. He wasn’t just his disability, which was great to read. Lincoln was a skater and when they first met, Anise never saw skating as a real sport, not like surfing anyway. But Lincoln pushed her to try it out for herself, and it turns out it was harder than she thought. So if you are a fan of either surfing or skating, then I do highly recommend this book. It shows the passion for both sports. I loved the description of surfing, and how Anise felt about it. The freedom and thrill of being out in the ocean and riding the waves. It was fun and it was full of summer vibes.
The real gem in this book was the family dynamics. I loved her relationship with her father and cousins. It was really well developed.
Overall, Girl Out of Water is a good contemporary romance – perfect for the summer days out in the sun or by the beach.
Megan (pronounced MEE-GAN bc her Irish grandfather refused to use the English pronunciation) is a 21 year old british blogger, history graduate, lover of books and expert procrastinator. She is anxious and introverted and is currently attempting adulthood. She loves potatoes which is often blamed on her irish heritage and can often eat her weight in food. She predominantly reads and reviews YA which includes historical fiction, science fiction, contemporary, and f/f romance. She loves reading about unlikeable female characters, positive female friendships & relationships, and is a sucker for a pretty cover.