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Synopsis Sixteen-year-old Amy rush doesn’t expect much from her summer at the Jersey shore, until she stumbles on Mermaid park, an old tourist spot where girls dress in fabulous costumes and put on underwater shows. working at the park changes Amy’s life in more ways than she could have imagined. she finds romance, a newfound self-confidence, and discovers breathtaking revelations about long-buried family secrets. Cynthia Winfield - VOYA Amy-high school sophomore, one of the top two varsity swimmers, and attractive to clingy guys-is headed for the Jersey shore on a three-day vacation with her family. Her mother, once a champion swimmer herself, is now landlocked but has a penchant for mermaids. Her stepfather Tom’s cutting remarks slice Amy, but her little sister, Mel, charms Tom when Amy angers him. Wildwood is where their mother summered annually, staying with her friend Lynne’s family, until she married the girls’ father. Although Lynne visits them each year, this trip is Amy’s first glimpse of her mother’s past summer haven. Once there, Amy spies dreamboat Dylan, who also likes her. Unhappy with her family dynamics, Amy inadvertently wins the opportunity to stay for the summer with Lynne, whereupon her adventures begin. Although Amy finds herself that summer, surpassing gawky to become a head-turner and building on her strengths, her story is less a coming-of-age saga than a sometimes-daring summer adventure. The interpersonal and historical family complications make for a slow start (which pays off in the end), but Amy’s angst will hold some readers long enough to be rewarded with romance and adventure. Those who hang in will be richly rewarded-enough to pass it on to friends. A satisfying, wholesome novel, wherein the first kiss is long anticipated and the sparks result solely in cuddling and kissing, it will make a good substitute for today’s highly sexed Gossip Girls and A-List series titles. Teen girls need more books like this one. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High,defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Razorbill/Penguin Putnam, 256p., Ages 11 to 18.

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