- Reading level: Young Adult
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (June 1, 2010)
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—the instant 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.
Tera Lynn Childs really hit a home run with Forgive My Fins. Lily was so believable as a teen character. She falls in love with an image of someone but she doesn't really know the true person. She really seems to be able to disillusion herself into mistakes that are almost irreparable. Brody was a mellow take it as it comes kinda guy. I can see why Lily's Father welcomed him so quickly. The drama that unfolds in Forgive My Fins is fun, enchanting and down right flipperrific! I raced through this book quicker than you can say "flick of the fin". I really hope there will be a sequel. I could use another deep sea swim with Tera Lynn Childs.
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