Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Laura Silverman
Publication Date: May 1st 2017
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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.
* Huge thanks to Sourcebooks fire and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review.*
This is Laura Silverman’s debut novel and honestly it doesn’t seem like it’s a debut novel. It was a little slow going at first but it drew me in enough to make me want to keep reading it. Once I hit the halfway point I was totally engrossed in the story and I found myself having a hard time putting the book down.
This is a coming of age story that deals with real life issues such as loss and abandonment with some diversity. I didn’t really have a connection with Anise. She was kind of annoying to me sometimes. With that being said she’s not a bad character at all. I did however have a personal connection with Lincoln. First let me just say I have never read a book that included a character with a physical disability like an amputation. So when I saw there was a character that was an amputee I was like heck yes I need to read this. I am a double amputee myself so to see this representation in a book means a lot to me. Especially when it is so well done. I loved Lincolns character and I could see some of myself in him. I wish I was as confident in my body as he seems to be in his.
In conclusion I loved it. I knocked off a half star for the slow start and for the fact I was left with some unanswered questions. I highly recommend you read this book if you haven’t already.
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