What I Loved:
Fish Out of Water was so real. I loved that this teenager felt like a real teenager. She had problems and sadness and unattainable expectations from her father. It was written so well and captured such a real-feel. The writing was beautiful.
How I Felt:
The Plot in Fish Out of water was heartbreaking, but wonderful at the same time. I was cheering for Marina to go for her dreams and not live the life her father wants her to live. I loved watching her struggle to be able to do what she wanted to do (sing).
The Characters were so, heart-crushingly well built. Marina’s dad makes me so angry. The author’s ability to draw that anger out of a reader is fantastic. I just wanted to shake him and be like “Let her live her own life!” Marina felt like a real teen and I appreciated that character building. She was just a normal girl trying to navigate the frustrations of a normal life.
Overall, this was a fun book filled with interesting characters, solid writing, and an enjoyable story.
To Read or Not To Read:
If you enjoy YA novels with a real-feel to the story, this would be a book you would enjoy.
Brought to you by the hugely popular YouTube series, The Girl Without A Phone, from the Young Actors Project, in collaboration with YA novelist Jennifer Sommersby, Fish Out of Water is a timeless, heartwarming tale inspired by the beloved Little Mermaid. Join Marina—alongside friends Lily and Sierra—in this fresh new adventure meant to inspire the reader to find their own song.
Be who you were born to be …
Marina Andersen’s structured life is ruled by the Three S’s: Swim. Study. Succeed. But all this routine and order leaves little time for what she really wants to do: SING. Try telling that to her overbearing father, a former rock legend whose personal demons keep Marina’s extraordinary musical talents behind closed doors.
After a chance performance at school drops a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—and a gorgeous young rocker—at Marina’s feet, she’ll have to decide what lengths she’s willing to go to in pursuit of the one thing that reminds her heart to beat.
While navigating the rough seas of managing her father’s expectations and finding her own voice, will Marina summon the courage to show her dad who she really is inside before their family is dashed like a galleon in a storm?
- Fish Out of Water by Jennifer Sommersby
- Subtitle: A Little Mermaid story
- Series: The Girl Without a Phone, Book 1
- Page Count: 272 pages
- Publisher: Young Actors Project (YAP)
- Pub Date: December 6, 2019
Jennifer Sommersby is a writer, copy/line editor, bibliophile, and mom of four living in the Great White North. She is represented by Victoria Doherty Munro at Writers House. Jennifer is also an author of romantic comedies under Eliza Gordon.
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.