Publisher: HarperCollinsRelease Date: May 19th, 2010
Genre: Young Adult-Fantasy
Source: I own a copy.
Summary from Goodreads: Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.
Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.
When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.
Review: Full disclosure: I got sick and I didn't write this review when I should have because I could just not bring myself to type, so I have lost a lot of the details I would have needed to make this a really good and well-written review, so it will probably be crap. But the good thing is, I've had time to think about it, and I don't think I'm going to continue on with this series. I've talked to a few other readers and they have told me that THIS is the best book, and if this is the best, well I don't want the rest.
Basically what I am going to do is just take the pre-review I had and expand upon that and hope nobody notices my lack of effort.
My first issue with Forgive My Fins was that I found the whole mermaid mythology incredibly misogynistic. Why? Well...Lily had to be bonded to a male before she could inherit the throne of her underwater kingdom, but a male(her father--he ascended the throne before he met Lily's mom) doesn't have to be bonded. I was incredibly offended by this. Authors can write how they want, but I don't have to like it. And I didn't like this. I kind of thought it was an ugly message to be sending to teen girls reading your novel. "You aren't good enough unless you have a man with you." What is this, the 1950s? Ummm, no. I kept hoping there would be a twist to this as I was reading, but yeah...NOPE. It really WAS that sexist. I guess maybe that might be a thing in mermaid mythology, but why not take the opportunity to do something different? It just didn't sit right with me.
However, I really adored the writing in this book. And Quince. Oh, Quince. I know am a 32-year-old female and I will possibly get arrested for saying this, but won't you come rescue me from my life of boredom? That's the perfect guy right there, folks. Talk about devoted. And attractive. And a bad boy without actually being abusive. That's refreshing in YA. He was perfect. Lily, honestly, did not deserve him. When I read these books as an adult, I often feel like a child molester for swooning over the male characters. That's why most of the time I try to avoid the ones with too much romance. Because I end up hating myself. Hahaha! Hey, at least I am honest. But Quince was wonderful.
But besides that, this book is chock full of crappy stereotypes and predictability. Mean girls and jocks abound. But it's cute. It's fluffy. And I guess I kinda liked it. Though I sort of hate myself for saying that.
Edit: I did like it, but after much deliberation, I have decided to pass on reading the rest of the series. It just wasn't good enough. The sexism really pissed me off, and Lily is not a protagonist I can root for. And I hear she gets worse as the series goes on. I read enough books that irritate me, I don't need to pick up a non-review book that I know will drive me batty. So nope, I am done. But if you like fluffy romances with mermaids, this is your book.