Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings 
Helene Boudreau
206 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc.
Release Date: December 10th, 2010
Source: Publisher for Review
Rating: LOVED

Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning…

If she hadn’t been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail?

Most. Embarrassing. Moment. Ever.

Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?

Jade is determined to find out. So how does a plus-size, aqua-phobic mer-girl go about doing that exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend, Cori, and Luke?

This summer is about to get a lot more interesting…

When I first saw this one on my twitter feed, I wasn’t so sure I wanted to read it. I hadn’t seen the cover yet, but the title kind of threw me off. I’m not sure why, but somehow, it just did.

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings starts off with Jade (the main character) shopping with her best friend for the perfect swimsuit to fit her muffin-top, plus-sized body. She finally finds one…Then everything pretty much goes haywire from there.

She gets a mermaid’s tail, while sitting in a salt water tub after a rough day in the mall. Freaky. She finds out she inherited it from her mother. Here’s what’s bothering her – if her mother was a mermaid, how did she drown?

Hurricane Jade is determined to find out. But how can she keep it a secret from her best friend? And all the other questioning eyes in her small city?

Everything about Hélène Boudreau’s latest release was wonderful. The characters were likable, the plot was somewhat unique, and the outcome, although slightly predictable, was completely satisfying. I was hooked from the first page, and pleased when I flipped over the last one. My only concern about this book was that it recommends it for ages 9 and up, I have siblings around that age, and I think Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings is more suitable for ages 11 and up.

Overall, this is one book you just can’t miss. Its a fun and quick read, and even comes with Jade’s recipe for scrumptious 5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake in the end!


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

January 2, 2011



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    Small Review

    December 30, 2010

    Oh good, I'm glad you liked this one. It's on my TBR. That 5 minute chocolate mug cake sounds good too!

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    December 30, 2010

    Well, this sounds super cute!

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    The Blogger Formerly Known As

    December 30, 2010

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Does 11 and up go up to 45?

    The enigmatic, masked blogger

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    December 30, 2010

    I laughed when I read the title. : )

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    December 30, 2010

    Awww it sounds so cute.

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    December 30, 2010

    I hadn't heard of this one before but it certainly sounds interesting!

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    December 30, 2010

    Haha, I love the title of this book =D

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    December 30, 2010

    This book looks really cute and the cover is cool too! Thanks for the review:)

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    December 30, 2010

    This book sounds cute. (:
    They title kind of made me laugh haha.
    but they cover doesn't really kept my eye much.
    but thanks for the review!
    I'll have to check it out soon. (:

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    January 1, 2011

    Your review makes this one sound like a real fun read!

    Hope you had a great New Year's!

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    Chi Kittie

    January 28, 2012

    Wow from you review this book seems like a fun read. I have been so into mermaid books and this one looks/sounds amazing. I love starting a book too and finding myself hooked on the first page. :)

    – Beckie

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    June 22, 2012

    This book is a great story about a girl who figures out she's a mermaid. However, this book does NOT just blend into the background with all the other teen mermaid books. It has a real story behind it- something more than just a girl who has a fishy secret.