Girl Out Of Water

Girl Out of Water

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

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?

Thoughts:

I continue with my quest to read some 2017 debuts, as I totally failed on that front last year. I’m doing well so far. It was time to read Girl Out Of Water which I’d heard some really good things about. I thought it was an easy to read, interesting book. It was lovely to see a diverse representation of characters in this book too.

Girl Out Of Water centres around Anise who can’t wait to spend the summer with her friends and the ocean. She loves surfing and wants to spend the summer making the most of her free time. However, Anise’s aunt has a terrible accident, which results in Anise and her father having to go to Nebraska to help her aunt with her cousins. Anise is understandably disappointed to miss out on her plans, but she recognises the importance of her family and looking out for her cousins. Whilst in Nebraska, Anise becomes close to a skateboarder named Lincoln. Lincoln challenges Anise to learn skateboarding and step outside her comfort zone.

Anise finds it awkward to be in touch with her friends at home. She’s jealous of the fact that they’re living the summer she wanted. She doesn’t want them to feel bad because they’re having fun without her. I thought it was really clever how the author portrayed how difficult it can be to be away from home when you don’t want to be. She really showed Anise’s battle between wanting to be there for her family and wanting to be with her friends.

Anise’s mother is absent for quite a substantial part of the story. She pops up in her life every now and then, but Anise is practically raised by her father. She has a good relationship with her father which is lovely to read about.

I thought there were some fabulous characters in this book. I really liked Lincoln and his outlook on life. I thought Anise’s father was wonderful too. I did like Anise as a character, but I can imagine that she’ll grate on a few readers as she does come across as a bit bratty in points, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. I thought overall it was a great debut!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A solid debut! I think this would be a good summer read!

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This Week In Books #126

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Three Things About Elsie Girl Out of Water Open Your Eyes

NOWThree Things About ElsieJoanna Cannon– I’m currently 3/4 of the way through this book that Beth and I are reading for our Talking About feature. I’m enjoying it so far, although not as much as some others have!

THENGirl Out Of WaterLaura Silverman- This was a decent YA read. It did have some diverse representation within it, which I totally appreciated!

NEXTOpen Your Eyes Paula Daly– This was on my list this week to read next, but I had my current read crop up so Open Your Eyes needed to be put to a side for a bit!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

This Week In Books #125

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Girl Out of Water Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge, #1) Open Your Eyes

NOWGirl Out Of WaterLaura Silverman– I’m just about to start this book! I’ve heard some good things.

THENTales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing- Judy Blume- This book was the kid-lit choice for this month. It was a really nostalgic read. Look out for my review on Friday afternoon.

NEXTOpen Your EyesPaula Daly– I can’t wait to read this! I love Paula Daly’s writing.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Stacking The Shelves #191

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

People Like Us

I have heard mixed things about this book, but I really want to give it a go!

A Girl Like That

This book sounds so good and I’ve heard lots of positive things about it!

The Astonishing Colour of After

This is one of my most anticipated releases for this year!

The Exact Opposite of Okay

So many blogging friends have recommended this. It’s definitely on my radar to read soon.

Girl Out of Water

Again, highly recommended! I’m intrigued.

How about you? What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week is the last week that Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and I just want to thank them for hosting for so long. It really is a commitment and I’ll always be grateful to them for introducing me to so many blogs and in turn, so many books. Thank you ladies!

This week’s list is all about those books that we meant to read in 2017 but never got around to them. There are a few of these and most of them were debuts! It’s my goal this year to read more debut authors, so I’ve focused mainly on 2017 debuts.

A List of Cages

I was so excited about this book in 2016 when I heard about it, so goodness knows why I hadn’t read it yet. I’m hoping to read it ASAP!

Seven Days of You

I am excited that this is based in Tokyo. I don’t think I’ve read anything set there before. It looks like a fab contemporary read.

The Education of Margot Sánchez

This is another one that I had on my radar and never got around to!

The Disappearances

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book that it’s definitely become a priority for me to read in 2018.

It Started With Goodbye

Although I’ve heard mixed things about this book, I want to give it a try.

Girl Out of Water

I’m intrigued by the premise of this book and I’ve heard some good things.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

I feel like this book was everywhere recently, yet I still didn’t get around to reading it! Sums me up really…

The Hidden Memory of Objects

I’m excited about this book. I want to read it ASAP! Love that cover.

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

I’m excited but nervous about this book. I’m worried the hype monster will get me.

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)

I want to get around to this book in 2018. I bought it a year ago!

What do you intend to read in 2018? Let me know. Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten 2017 Debuts That I’m Excited For

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about debut releases in 2017. It’s been fun to look into it!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

I’ve heard a lot about this book already and I’m excited for it to be released. It is inspired by The Black Lives Matter movement.

The Hidden Memory of Objects-

The Hidden Memory of Objects

I read emotional and thrilling in the synopis and I was pretty much sold! I love the cover of this one too.

One Of Us Is Lying- Karen M.McManus

One of Us Is Lying

I’m looking forward to this one mainly because I’ve judged it by its cover and I think it looks like it’s going to be awesome!

The Hundred Lives of Lizzie Lovett- Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

I have heard good things about this book too, so I’m looking forward to finally checking it out in 2017!

Girl Out Of Water- Laura Silverman

Girl Out of Water

This looks like another emotional read. I love the simple cover.

It Started With Goodbye- Christina June

It Started With Goodbye

A modern take on the Cinderella arc? I’m in!

The Disappearances- Emily Bain Murphy

The Disappearances

Oooh. I like the sound of this one. Love the cover, love the fantasy sound of it.

The Education of Margot Sanchez- Lilliam Rivera

The Education of Margot Sanchez

I think this sounds like such an important read! It’s billed as a coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families. Intrigued!

Seven Days Of You-

Seven Days of You

I can’t help but put a cute contemporary looking book on my list! 🙂 This one looks like it could be a bit of a heartbreaker too!

A List Of Cages- Robin Roe

A List of Cages

I love stories that include characters with ADHD. I have high hopes for this one!

What are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!