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Girl at Sea

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Sometimes you have to get lost . . .

The Girl: Clio Ford, seventeen, wants to spend the summer smooching her art-store crush, not stuck on a boat in the Mediterranean. At least she'll get a killer tan.

The Mission: Survive her father's crazy antics. Oh, and also find some missing underwater treasure that could unlock the secrets of civilization.

The Crew: Dad's wacky best fr
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ebook, 336 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published May 29th 2007)
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Dreamingintherain Yes, this book is worth reading. It's cute and has some action. Having a sixth grader read it should be fine.
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Ying
Jan 11, 2014 Ying rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
OHH EMMM GEEEE, I LOVED ITTTTT :]]] -excuse me while I gush for a few moments- I loved this book!!!! The ending was kind of a surprise but I liked it!!!! I thought it was a well- written book and was a good mix of mystery and romance. Building suspense in every word, this book can bring tears to your eyes or laughter to your mouth. This would have to be Maureen Johnson's best book for me. I would recommend it, of course :) Please read this book, you won't regret it.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jan 10, 2016 April (Aprilius Maximus) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
SO GOOD.
All of my reviews are spoiler free (unless stated otherwise) so you can go ahead and read my review!

Plot:
Going into this story, I was expecting a lame cruise story. I WAS SO WRONG. Clio’s parents are split up and her father makes her fly to Italy so that she can ride on his boat with his ‘crew’. There’s something he’s not telling her though that she has to piece together with the help of 2 new friends. His father and his new girlfriend are actually searching for the secrets of an ancien
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Janelle
Feb 16, 2009 Janelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Ok. I have to comment on the cover. WTF? That girl on the cover could never, ever be Clio. I’ve noticed a pattern with Maureen Johnson’s books: Find a picture of a pretty, slim girl (with no face). Put her in tight pants and a tank top. Add in a few pieces of plot-related decorative flourishes. And Voila! A cover girl that has nothing at all to do with the strong heroines Johnson writes. (At least Suite Scarlet seems to have broken this pattern)

I’m probably overreacting, but this really bothers
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Sarah
Jul 24, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-possess
Finished it in about 4 hours................ Yeah, that says it all really doesn't it.
MJ (no, not Michael Jackson) writes realistic scenarios yet doesn't bore me to death, and makes me want to keep reading.
What I loved about this book is the sense of family. Which is rare in YA books.
I loved the history she included, especially with me studying archeology at university.
What I especially love is that even though it's mainly American characters it's very European.
Nikki
Ook bij 'Zomer, Zee & Zoute Zoenen' heb ik hetzelfde als bij '13 Enveloppen & 1 Rugzak'. Het is wel een leuk boek, maar ik mis toch nog wat in verhaal. Het was het allemaal net niet. http://bookswithabeautychick.blogspot...
Kaitie
I picked this up after having read (and loved!) 13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Last Little Blue Envelope. Overall it was an enjoyable book, but didn't come close to being as good as the other two.

Basically, we have Clio who it all set to have the best summer of her life when she finds out that instead she is being shipped off to spend the summer on a boat in Italy with her dad. Who wouldn't love that, right? Clio, that's who. We find out that Clio's dad is a bit eccentric and always has somet
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Antonia
Apr 05, 2013 Antonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It so pissed me off. First of all, the description was weird. I mean a lot of unecessary infos, and things that made you confused. I loved the cover, the Romanian one :D Let's start with the characters. Clio, just so you know it, I can't remeber how she looked, bbecause it's not specified. Whatever. She is confused and never really acts how she should. I mean she should get mad and scream and all that. Well, no. She gets a little upset, than she's not upset anymore. Clio's father-an idiot. Julia ...more
A.
I really dig Johnson's writing style -- she's great with the turn of phrase -- but both of the books of hers I've read have felt a little too light; like with another 40 pages of character-digging, they'd have moved from good to great. Enjoyable lightweight reads for sure, but this one, particularly, felt to me like something was missing from it. YMMV.
Sandra
3'5 en realidad. Me ha faltado un final más cerrado, un epílogo, ¡¡algo!! Aunque he disfrutado mucho de esta lectura, encontré justo lo que necesitaba: algo ligero, sencillo y con un poco de romance, perfecto para el verano :)
Madison (The Chronic Re-Reader)
Before I get started on this review, I would like to share something that I just discovered about Maureen Johnson: as of 2012, she is the Queen of Teen for the UK (aka Young Adult Literature Queen).

After reading several of her novels, I have to say that I quite agree with her nomination and election (can queens be elected?). She is very skilled at writing from the perspective of a teenager, obviously not being a teen herself. For some authors who write YA, this struggle is quite obvious with th
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Amy
Mar 28, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maureen Johnson is perfection. While this story did not have as quirky of characters as her Suite Scarlett series, the amazing creativity of Maureen Johnson is still there.
Clio had her summer all planned out. She had a new job and a possible future boyfriend. Instead she gets shipped off to her dad. Since her parent’s divorce, she hasn’t really liked her dad, and she is sick of his impulsivity. So to be stuck on a boat with him and four other random people for weeks does not sound like her dream
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Sally
Okay, I know this doesn't really fit with "voyages across the sea", but I don't have any other ship/boat tag.

I love the way Maureen Johnson writes. The narration is always so fast-paced and witty and FUN. So I really enjoyed this and it was a nice, quick read. I liked Clio and Elsa (loved Elsa!) and the story itself was really interesting. Clio's JUST gotten a summer job at the art store where cute Ollie works, when her mother tells her she's going to be spending summer with her father - since h
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Jp
Jul 18, 2012 Jp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading a Maureen Johnson book is always a pleasure, and (not that I expected her to) MJ didn’t let me down. I don’t know if this only happens to me, or if I’m the only one who’s noticed it, but you can spend all the time in the world with someone in or around your city/town, and it will still be different when you go somewhere like on a crazy surprise cruise all to yourselves and you spend all your time together. Girl at Sea touches on this, and MJ does a good job. It’s the same as if you sudde ...more
Jessica
Oct 13, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
Johnson's books are always fun, clever, and effortlessly written, and this one was no exception. Clio wants to spend the summer working at the local art store alongside Ollie, the boy she has an enormous crush on. As usual, her father has ruined things by insisting that he spend the summer with her. Sure, they're going to be on a yacht in the Mediterranean, but there's always a catch with Clio's dad. This time, it's that they're on some sort of top secret mission that everyone but Clio knows abo ...more
Mimi
Sep 23, 2009 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ive never read a Maureen Johnson book before, but i have read her blogs. she's pretty funny. But this book was not as funny as her blogs, and it took me until about halfway in to get really into it. Once i did i couldn't put it down, then it started getting funnier. there was just a lot of explaining in the beginning, it was necessary, yes, but long. Over all i really enjoyed this story. the guy was cute enough (except at first i wanted to strangle him, i wasnt sure Maureen was going to get me t ...more
Eilonwy

I enjoyed this book. Maureen Johnson tells the story with a very funny style, so I was snorting at something on just about every page. Clio grew on me as the story progressed, and the mystery of her past with her father and what he's up to in the present was well-paced and engaging. I found all the characters to be believable and to have well-rounded lives that I could imagine going on beyond the pages of this book. There's a little bit of a past mystery that runs through the story as well, whic
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Leanne
Jul 10, 2016 Leanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very high four stars from me because Maureen Johnson is simply amazing. This isn't my favorite of her books, but it's still a must-read for anyone who considers themselves a fan, and Clio is a wonderful heroine. In fact, my only real complaint is that there were a few threads in the plot that never got tied off. Can I request a sequel?!?! ;)

Siegrit
Although I enjoyed reading this book, I only gave it three stars. The book starts well, with a really interesting dilemma for the young Clio. But when you continue reading, the whole triangle teenage love dilemma starts to annoy. It could have been great chicklit, if they'd sticked with the quest of finding the treasure, instead of turning it into another teenage love dilemma.
Elena
Not my favorite MJ book. Pacing felt off--too much moping and not doing anything about it for the first 2/3 or so of the book. I kept waiting for Clio to get off her butt and DO something. She eventually did, but it was too late in coming, in my opinion. I also didn't much care for the love interest. MJ seems to imply that he was only acting like an asshole in response to Clio also acting like an asshole, but I felt his behavior was waaaay more assholish than hers. I didn't find him at all attra ...more
Hannah
I love Maureen Johnson novels! They are fun, light reads that make you forget about all the drama in your life as you enter the drama of her characters. I love books that I can escape into and forget about the "real world" for awhile and I escaped to the greatest place in this book: ITALY! How exciting would that be to actually go there?! I love reading warm, summer books in the winter with just as magical as snow falling down love stories. Thank you very much Danielle for the best get-away-vaca ...more
Shanti
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Maureen Johnson book. I’ve liked many of them—the first two Shades of London books, The Key to the Golden Firebird, and I adored the first two Suite Scarlett books. But it’s been a long time since I’ve read one. Seeing as I helped vote on the cover of this book over at Epic Reads, I thought I ought to read it. And I was rewarded. Girl at Sea doesn’t blow any other contemporary out of the water. It hasn’t found the *perfect* balance between light and fluffy ...more
Juniper Shore
I read Girl at Sea for the boat. The boat was awesome. Everything else was kinda blah.

Our heroine, Clio, is down-to-earth, responsible and hard-working. (Translation: she's boring.) Her father, who is wacky and free-spirited (translation: a jerk) sweeps her away to a sailing vacation in the Mediterranean with his new squeeze, Julia. There's hidden treasure, plots and counterplots, and a lot of mooning around dreaming about sexy boys.

The plot more or less putters along in low gear until the very
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Shelley
3 stars! This was a really fun and quick read! It wasn't the best that I've read, but it was still enjoyable to some degree.

The beginning started off quite slow, and I'll admit there are problems:

there are a lot of loose ends that needed to be tied, but weren't: First, Clio Situation with Ollie, when she arrived back home. We never found out if the girl was his girlfriend or if something else was the case.

Also, the realtionship between Clio and Aiden was cute and everything, but at the end their
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Jessica
Sep 11, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
3.5
Bea Angeles
Sep 27, 2011 Bea Angeles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I TOTALLY LUV THIS BOOK!
Especially about Clio and Aidan!

Maureen Johnson is one of my favorite authors since I read 13 Little Envelopes. And I hope that I get to read more of her books, but unfortunately I can't find any of her books in my country.

What I think about Elsa is that she just use boys to make her boyfriend Alex jealous. Especially with Aidan and got depressed when Aidan kissed Clio and he likes her instead of Elsa.

i just like the romance in the book, that's it then!
Anna
Clio's relationship with her father is complicated, to say the least. So when her mother tells her she's going to spend the summer on a boat with her father instead of with Ollie, the resident hot artist, she is less than thrilled. When she arrives, Clio quickly figures out that something's up, and everyone is keeping a secret from her. On top of that, the irritating scholarly assistant on board, Aidan, seems to have made it his goal to annoy her to death. Clio must figure out her feelings and w ...more
Kimberly
Jan 04, 2010 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read, ya
I have read and enjoyed many of Maureen Johnson's books, but I enjoyed this one the most. While there have always been small things about the author's plots that bothered me, I found the plot of this story to be very cohesive and enjoyable. While the plot could of been very predictable, it took unexpected twists and turns which left me wondering what would happen next.

Great book!
Jan
Feb 24, 2008 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenbooks
This is an amusing piece of teen chick lit from talented author Maureen Johnson. It combines the suspense of an archeological thriller with the classic romantic plot ripped off from Pride and Prejudice that includes a Darcy-like love interest. A great light read for when you are in need of entertainment that is not mentally challenging.
Minna
Conclusion(?) of the Maureen Johnson binge. (This could perhaps change if I found a copy of Suite Scarlett and read that little duology - I own the second but not the first, for reasons associated with Unavailability of the Sequel as a Library E-book and Having a Nook Account. /tangent). I can describe literally every Maureen Johnson book I've read as just pure...fun. And they're written well, too, with colorful casts of characters, not too unbelievable to ruin immersion. For example, Clio has s ...more
Mia
Jun 04, 2016 Mia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
So... I wish I would have liked this book, because reading is difficult for me for one single reason: too many boring books. This one had a lof of good reviews, so I thought I would give it a go. Honestly I don't get the hype. This story gave me nothing - I did not care for the characters or anything that took place during this book. I kept reading just to finish it, maybe somewhere through the pages it would turn and get more intestering - it did not. Like so many other books I've read, it fell ...more
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Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls' Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Many of the adventures Maureen's characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Han
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