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The Lifeguard

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,101 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews
It's an unsettled summer for Sirena. Back in Texas, her family's splitting apart, but here in Rhode Island, at the cottage of her free-spirited aunt, it's a different world. There are long days at the beach and intriguing encounters with him. Pilot. He's the lifeguard with shamanic skills. He both saves her and makes her feel lost at sea. Sirena explores her obsession with ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Albert Whitman & Company (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 13, 2012 Jasprit rated it it was ok
The Lifeguard was one of those books where I fell for the cover, it was gorgeous and so appealing and the synopsis made it sound like decent summer read too. However my initial assumptions were way off the mark.
The lifeguard started off with a bang, Sirena the main character goes out for a quick dip in the water as it’s so hot; however she gets swept away by the fast currents and bitten by something so sharp that before you know it she finds herself drowning. We’re basically left hanging here wi
Mar 03, 2015 kari rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, 2012
Drama queen alert! Drama queen alert! WARNING! WARNING! Drama queen alert!
In all seriousness, am I being punked? Is this book real?
I know that the mysterious boy and the insta-love is what it's all about these days, but come the heck on. Are you kidding me? Where are the critical readers, the editors, the anyone helping this author create something that makes sense? I think she has been let down by her entire team to let something like this go to print. I'm sorry to say that, but it's true. Th
Emily (Book Jems)
Review as seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!

I love the narrator in this book. She's a bit whiny, but what teenager isn't? Her story is very relatable and so easy to read. What makes it even better is that you can see her growth as you read. The story is very simple. It's about a teenage girl and it's about life. I really enjoyed reading it.
I usually love books that are all about romance. I read more books based on romance than anything else. In this book, romance was not the key point in the plot and
Jennifer Rinehart
Oct 27, 2011 Jennifer Rinehart rated it it was ok
I'm only a few chapters in and already, I'm super excited, like bad-things-will-happen-if-I-put-this-book-down kind of excitement. The last time I got this crazy about a romance is when I read Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles or maybe when I read Beautiful Disaster, possibly when I read The Iron Duke, eek, I have a tendency to go on and on. The point is I freaking love this book, so far, I really hope it doesn't lame out on me! Okay, enough for now, have to get back to reading! More review to ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Mia added it
Shelves: gr8-semester-1
If you're looking for a romantic novel with an interesting twist, this book is definitely for you. In this book, Sirenas parents are getting a divorce, so she is sent to Rhode Island to spend the summer with her Aunt. Without her best friend, her parents, and being completely new to this small beach town, this is Sirenas worst nightmare...Until she sees him. She runs into a lifeguard and spends the summer trying to win him over. As well as following the lifeguard around, she follows her love for ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
The Lifeguard will leave you wanting more. It will keep you in it's clutches till the very last page, which ends sorta anti-climatically. I loved this book and if you want a feel good book, then you will too!! :)

Cover: Whew, did someone turn up the heat in here? Dang, if I had a body like that, and was a guy I would never wear a shirt. I would just walk around shirtless and be like, "Touch my abs, you know you want to!" LOL :)

Plot: The story started off a little slow and it slowly progre
Oct 26, 2012 Wendy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: wtf, why-god-why
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Oct 19, 2011 Kerri rated it really liked it
"The Lifeguard" written by Deborah Blumenthal is so much more than just the eye-candy shown on it's beautiful cover. Blumenthal's unique textured writing style fades you in and out of each chapter slowly weaving a magically multi-layered story. It is so breathtakingly real at times that you will swear you hear the rhythm of the waves rolling in.

Sixteen-year-old Sirena Shane is shipped off to Rhode Island to spend the summer with her free-spirited aunt, while back in Texas her parents hash out t
Devon Ashley
Hmm...where to begin with The Lifeguard? Well, let's just say there was a better taste in my mouth going out than in. Cause for a good chunk of this book, Sirena really annoyed me, to the point I wanted to quit reading. And I guess you could call this a romance, but really, more pages were spent on her obsessive stalking than romance, and she was way to desperate to get his attention. This girl's so freakin' crazy she actually steals (yeah, that's right - STEALS) a painting of Pilot from a small ...more
Jolene Perry
Aug 13, 2012 Jolene Perry rated it it was amazing
This was a way fun and unexpected read.

I love books that read like a contemp, but have that slightly mystical/paranormal element to them.

And holy hot covers...

I loved that the attraction between the two main characters was instant, but the relationship built slowly.

Beautiful job. I will definitely read more from this author.

Kitty White
This basically describes the main girl (Sirena). She's the reason this only got three stars. The guy (Pilot) himself deserves a 5/5 rating.
Feb 29, 2012 Emma rated it liked it
I had absolutely no idea what this book was about when I started reading. I had skimmed the blurb, but honestly it was the cover that hooked me and the fact that I think the guy on the front looks like Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) from One Tree Hill. It looked to me like it would be an easy going summer read but I found it to be quite different. I wanted to like this book so much, and I did to start with, but by the end of the book I was glad it was over.

Sirena's parents are getting divorce
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Sirena is stuck in Maine with her Aunt for the summer, because her parents are in the middle of an ugly divorce back in Texas. At first her unhappy family life consumes her thoughts, leaving her depressed and isolated. But then Sirena crosses paths with Pilot, a lifeguard who she is instantly attracted to. She also gets a job volunteering at the hospital and becomes friends with a old painter named Antonio. There are also unexplained supernatural things going on. Will Sirena be able to heal her ...more
It’s an unsettled summer for Sirena. Back in Texas, her family’s splitting apart, but here in Rhode Island, at the cottage of her free-spirited aunt, it’s a different world. There are long days at the beach and intriguing encounters with him. Pilot. He’s the lifeguard.He’s the lifeguard with shamanic skills. He both saves Sirena and makes her feel lost at sea. Sirena explores her obsession with Pilot and discovers
his mysterious – almost magical – gifts.

Come on many of you are staring at
Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah
The Lifeguard started off as the perfect contemporary I just needed. A troubled girl because of her parents divorce, a cute, actually perfect, lifeguard she meets at the beach, and the setting is the beach! THE BEACH! The problem is it kind of started to slow pace in the middle, which bored me for a significant part of the book.
The main protagonist, Sirena, is fine. She is just a normal girl, spending her summer at the beach with her aunt because her parents are getting a divorce. All her feelin
Jul 17, 2012 Ashlie rated it really liked it
The Lifeguard was nothing like I expected. It has such a great feeling of summer, but something else glistens in this book besides the sun on the water. I loved every character in this book. Sirena was convincing and her emotions and feelings were palpable. Pilot was mysterious and Antonio was perfection. He made you curious, but in a way that you felt should command respect, and not prying. He was talented and it was obvious, yet he had an air of humility that was gracing. I loved the scenes he ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Christelle rated it did not like it
I don't think this book was that bad. I just don't think it was really meant to be in the YA genre. I would actually and have actually recommended this book to younger teens.

The story in and of itself is fresh and original. However, it is the story-telling that is subpar. The story seems rushed and not well developed. By the time the big reveal rolls around you feel like there was no mystery in the first place. It feels rushed and therefore there is no real build up.

Also, the MC is very annoyin
Ravenous Biblioworm
Jun 10, 2012 Ravenous Biblioworm rated it it was ok
Rating: 2/5

I went into this book expecting something rather different than what I encountered. It could be a good thing or a bad thing. Or it could be both. It was bad in this case but not because it wasn’t what I expected, but because it was not pull well together to make me believe Sirena’s, our protagonist, world. Even though this book was not what I expected it could have been great and I could have put down the book and sighed… well that was odd, but so good. That was not the case.

Sirena is
Tammy Smith
Aug 05, 2012 Tammy Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
As I was headed to Burlington, Vermont for vacation, I thought bringing The Lifeguard would be the perfect light hearted summer read. It is a perfect summer read, but it is anything but light hearted.

Sirena is being shipped off to her Aunt Ellie’s house for the summer because her parents back in Texas are going through a divorce and they figured she would be better off away from all the troubles. She spends a lot of time wallowing in self-pity and feeling sorry for herself. Like no one has ever
Jan 13, 2012 Darleen rated it really liked it
» Review can also be found on Orchids & Amethysts.

Title: The Lifeguard
Author: Deborah Blumenthal
Rating: 4/5

Thanks to Albert Whitman & Company via Netgallery for allowing me to read this book before the official publication.

Sirena's life is over. At least that's how she feels. While her parents deal with their divorce, they send Sirena to her aunt in Rhode Island. But while her life seems a mess, there might be a light. A light called Pilot. He is a lifeguard at the beach and Sirena falls
May 17, 2012 Manda rated it really liked it
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I was expecting a run of the mill story about a sad girl who goes off to the beach, meets a cute boy and they fall in “love” with each other. I generally enjoy books with that typical story line because they are cute and easy to read. That was not what I ended up reading in The Lifeguard.

First off, I loved Serena. She is a strong willed girl with an amazing voice. Deborah Blumenthal wrote such a funny character with Serena. Everything surrounding Ser
Feb 20, 2012 Chasity rated it really liked it
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Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Jun 19, 2012 Brooke (The Cover Contessa) rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I received this book for review via Net Galley and would like to thank them for the opportunity to read it.
Sirena's life it falling apart, at least she thinks so. Her parents are getting divorced and to her this is worse than death. She is shipped off to Rhode Island for the summer to spend time with her aunt while her parents get things settled in Texas. Rhode Island turns out to be a very different world than the one Sirena knows. There she meets new people, learns of of their shamic skills, r
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Aug 03, 2012 Debbie I Heart YA Books rated it really liked it
The Lifeguard was a wonderful surprise. When I saw the cover of this novel I thought it was going to be a sweet, chick-lit romance about a gorgeous lifeguard saving a beautiful girl, falling in love, and so on....But wow! Don’t let the cover fool you. The storyline is on the eerie side of the supernatural. Deborah Blumenthal gave me a powerful, unique story with a ghost, shaman, a beautiful romance and so much more. Blumenthal’s style of writing in the third person pulled me into this story and ...more
I'm not quite sure how to review this one. I enjoyed it. The writing is solid, the plot different, and the characters engaging. I'm just not sure it's for the masses. This book touches on a topic that comes across as extremely romantic. Not in the flowers and candy sense, but the carefree and dreamy sense. I didn't have difficulty understanding it and would likely read it again. I would recommend to other readers but only those who are looking for something different in the YA/supernatural genre ...more
Beth Orchard
Apr 06, 2014 Beth Orchard rated it liked it
Sirena is in high school and her world seems to be falling apart when she realizes her parents are getting divorced and she won't be spending the summer with her friend. Instead, she gets shuttled out to Rhode Island for the summer with her aunt whom she barely knows and is encouraged to spend time growing and learning to find herself.

The story starts off rather slowly and seems juvenile, even for young adult fiction. I had a hard time getting into the characters as it seemed so focused on what
Kimberly Fitch
Jan 27, 2014 Kimberly Fitch rated it liked it
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Dana Altassan
Nov 01, 2015 Dana Altassan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was truly beautiful in every single way possible. The story was strong and mysterious, but heart-warming and dorky, and also a little cliche. But what good book doesn't have a bit of cliche in it. Things happen that make me think this book is a surreal, paranormal reality. The magic (and I mean literal magic) in the story is so unique. The whole story is so unique. And at the beginning I really liked Sirena, then at I thought she was an idiot, but then I love her and I feel connected t ...more
Mar 27, 2015 MCKENNA KAWSKI rated it really liked it
I love how Serena handles the divorce! It reminds me of how I am with my parents sometimes, my parents are also divorced. In The Lifeguard by Deborah Blumenthal Serena doesn’t like the fact that her parents are getting divorced, but really who would like that? Not only is the divorce hard on her but being in a different state doesn’t help.

Young adult is my favorite genre, I got so attached to this book. When I saw the cover I really got interested in the book. The cover is what really drew me i
Merrilyn Tucker
Mar 15, 2015 Merrilyn Tucker rated it liked it
Sirena, a Texan 16 year old, is surprised to learn that her parents are divorcing. They send her off to live with Sirena's aunt on Rhode Island for the summer, until the parents can finalize the divorce and set up two households. Sirena resents being sent away and having to miss summer camp with her best friend. Soon, though, she settles in to life with her aunt; Sirena goes to the beach daily and learns that there is a very hunky, Greek-god-like lifeguard on duty. Sirena also finds out on a sto ...more
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Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and nutritionist who now divides her time between writing children's books and adult novels. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times (including four years as the Sunday New York Times Magazine beauty columnist), and a home design columnist for Long Island Newsday. Her health, fitness, beauty, travel, and feature stories have appear ...more
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“A voice was whispering to her. "Breathe, breathe, breathe," it kept urging. A warm body was over hers, pressed against her. Someone bigger than she was, stronger, a powerful life force. A mouth on hers, warm lips, lips she didn't want to leave hers.” 0 likes
“Hold on." He reaches back, his hand momentarily grazing my thigh. I lean into him, my arms tighten around his waist as the waves bounce up and down. We're skin to skin, two bodies melded together into one. I want to stay where I am with him, in the water, forever.” 0 likes
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