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Posted by on December 30, 2010
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!

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  1. 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

  2. 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.

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