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Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels (Real Mermaids #3)

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The only thing that terrifies Jade more than the ocean is dancing at the Fall Formal. Because Jade has two left feet—er, flippers. Who knew being a high school freshman is even more awkward than being a plus-size aqua-phobic mer-girl? At least her only drama is of the human variety...

Or not.

The Mermish Council has just declared that all land-dwelling mers but return to the
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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May 30, 2014 Rebekah rated it really liked it
Shelves: mermaids, animals
In the third book in the Real Mermaids series, Hurricane Jade has a lot on her plate. With Serena now attending high school with her (and she's in high school!), things are a little complicated. Especially when Serena runs for ninth grade rep against none other than Lainey Chamberlain. As if that wasn't enough, Jade finds out there are a lot more than just four mers in her little town. Now the Mermish Council is recalling all Webbed Ones, Jade, Serena, Luke, and Michaela included.
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
Fun read. Full review to come.

Reviewed 2/11/2013:
I read and liked Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings (book 1) back in 2010. It was a quick, fun read and I liked the character of Jade. When I was asked to review Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels, I was a bit worried because it's been a while since I read Toe Rings and I have not had a chance to read book 2. However, it was very easy to get back into Jade's world and figure out what I had missed, so reading book 2 was not really necessary for me
Liz Overberg
I reviewed this book for School Library Journal.

Jade Baxter is just your average fourteen-year-old girl. She’s excited to start high school, she can’t find a bathing suit that fits right, and she’s nervous about asking her crush to the fall formal. Oh, and she happens to be a mermaid. This is the third book in a cute coming-of-age series about Jade and her discovery that she is half Mer. Plenty of backstory is woven throughout, so readers need not have read the first two books in order to enjoy
Feb 15, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Real Mermaids series about a tween who discovers she's an aqua-phobic mer-girl. Once again, this book picks up where the last one ended. Jade begins high school and shortly afterwards strange things begin happening when the Mermish Council declares that all land-dwelling mers must return to the ocean. But the Fall Formal dance is around the corner and tradition calls for the girl to ask the boy to the dance. Jade is so nervous about asking Luke because she doesn't t ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First can I just say that I absolutely love this series. It is a great series with some messages that are great for teen girls. I love the fact that our main character Jade is a plus size. She is no skinny mini girl but your average size girl. So kudos to Helene for bring out that point.

In this book we get to see so much from Jade. She has been through a lot of stuff and she is happy to finally be starting high school. She has her mother and she has her boyfriend Luke by her side so she can fac
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
I've said it not once, not twice, but three times now. The Real Mermaids series is a breath of fun, sweet, humorous fun as we follow half-human, half-mer girl Jade through the trials and tribulations of growing up in a world she never envisioned. This series is full of so many firsts, and REAL MERMAIDS DON'T NEED HIGH HEELS is no exception. Jade is entering high school for the first time. She finally has a boyfriend...she thinks. And she's been reunited with her long-lost mother! What could go w ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Marcie rated it really liked it
Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels is the third book in the Real Mermaids series. If you've not had the opportunity to read this series yet, you should. It's a cute series about a girl named Jade who finds out she's half-mermaid. She not only has to deal with the problems of being a mermaid, but also the problems of being a pre-teen. It's a great series for kids, or older, who like mermaid tales. This is a series I would recommend that you start with the first book, Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Angelc rated it really liked it
I can't resist books about mermaids, and this middle grade novel was adorable. I was surprised at the amount of world building in this book! The author really set up an entire undersea world with its own set of rules and politics.

However, my favorite part of the book wasn't the alternate universe, but the relationships between the characters. I loved that all of the characters cared about each other so much! You could really see how they joined together and helped each other in order to save the
Nathan Miller
Mar 06, 2013 Nathan Miller rated it it was amazing
I continue to enjoy this series, despite the fact that I'm worlds away from its target demographic. The scope of the story mushrooms in this book and maybe that's why I liked it better than the second...I have a thing for stories with broad scope. Our intrepid teenage mermaid, Jade Baxter, is kept off-balance by her radically-expanding mer-world, which invades her terrestrial one and turns a lot of what she thought she knew thoroughly on its ears. As before, she continues to grab life by the lip ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Heidi rated it liked it
Three stars: A fun book for tweens with some great positive messages.

Jade is excited to start high school after her harrowing summer. At last, she can relax and enjoy her new boyfriend, Luke. However, the first day of school brings plenty of surprises. The biggest is that Selena is back and she is enrolled in school. It is Jade's responsibility to help her fit in, no easy task to get a teenage mermaid who barely speaks English situated in school. Then Jade and her family learn that the Mermish C
LaQuita (Just Us Girls)
Feb 12, 2013 LaQuita (Just Us Girls) rated it really liked it
If you remember back last Summer we had the opportunity to read book two (Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath) of the Real Mermaids Series. I have to say this book was just like the second one, which I loved, but with a new scenario. You're back in Jade's world as she embarks on another yet fun/drama/teenage adventure. Between being a mermaid and trying to find the perfect plus-size dress for the Fall Formal, Jade has her hands full. This story was filled with a great story-line that any young ...more
Harmony Love
Feb 25, 2015 Harmony Love rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy-hard-copy
cant wait
Megan (The Book Babe)
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I think that this is the book where I've found my happy place for this series-- I just need to accept that this is MG, a genre that I don't usually read, so there are going to be some things that will just kill me. Like the lack of down-time between adventures. But the more that I think about that, the more that I realize that MG is known for it's over-the-top adventures that just keep happening, so I think I've finally made peace w
Dorine White
Dec 20, 2012 Dorine White rated it liked it

The Story-
Jade Baxter is excited to start her first year of high school. She’s wearing the latest fashions from her best friend Cori, and her boyfriend Luke is ready to show the world that they are a couple. Then life throws her a loop. Serena, a family friend and fellow mermaid, is going to be staying with Jade’s family, and Jade is her official “babysitter”.

Serena jumps right into school life, signing up for tons of clubs and the underwater hockey team, which Jade is forced to join. One day af
The Bumble Girl {Margie}
Feb 20, 2013 The Bumble Girl {Margie} rated it it was amazing
I love how this series continues without pause! In the third installment to the Real Mermaids Series, there is more action, more humor and more love! Helen Boudreau has a true gift in creating a world where mermaids really do exist...

Jade is still trying to be a normal teen girl trying to find her way, this time, through high school.
But the Mermish Council's interference is making it difficult for her to keep her two feet on on the ground, literally...
But nothing ever gets in Jades way! She is t
Kate (VerbVixen)
Jan 02, 2013 Kate (VerbVixen) rated it liked it
Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels is the third book in the Real Mermaids series. I will say that it most certainly helps if you have read the first two books before reading this one; there is quite a bit of back-story and character connections that make much more sense if you read the series in order. I thought THIS book, however, was adorable. Jade has quite a bit of gumption for a fish out of water (pun intended). The friendships are strong throughout the book but in particular between Jade ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Iris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: iris, fa, favorites
again enjoyed this one as well, i especially loved what she did in the middle towards the end with the new character and how she isnt that bad and neither are her parents, you can also see the struggle and i liked these books so much because she isnt like oh my i wont be able she is determind althought in some she doubts herself a bit but otherwise she has confidence in herself and i like that in a character. really recommend the series to anyone.
Aug 19, 2015 Jasmine rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I like this series but this is probably the weakest book for me. I wish the land/mermish quandaries were better tied together the way they were in the first book. Also, apparently everyone is a mermaid? I get the need to expand the scope of the story if this is to be a series, but I'm still not sure how I feel about that.
Sep 29, 2015 Tina rated it really liked it
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Dec 09, 2014 Saberika123 rated it it was amazing
February Four
Sep 03, 2014 February Four rated it liked it
Standard YA fare, a quick and cute read.
Sep 30, 2014 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
I enjoyed this book it is a good read
Apr 09, 2013 Danns rated it really liked it
Book three of the Real Mermaids series read. This one had a good deal of action and mystery that it did and a coming together of friends at the end. What more could an adolescent girl ask for? There is even some headier romance. I will say, Boudreau has done another great job and the book kept me interested too. I look forward to reading the fourth novel in the very near future!
Hana Chaney
Apr 02, 2013 Hana Chaney rated it it was amazing
I can really relate to Jade in this and every other story! But, When Luke found his real parents under the sea in a ship wreck, I was really blown away. I am glad that he likes his real sister, Petra, too! And when Jade discovers that Dame council is her grandmother, and Folly is her Great-great grandmother......well.....:D!
Nov 12, 2013 Sophie rated it liked it
I enjoyed this. I like this series it's lighthearted and easy to read and relate. The character Jade is a good role model for girls. She deals with trials on all different levels: the extreme and common alike.
Cassidy Book
Jul 13, 2013 Cassidy Book rated it really liked it
The 3rd book to this let me say amazing series, is the best one yet. Lots of unpredictable turns and twists. A great book for teens and pre-teens alike I loved it! A fresh idea for a whole new series.
Katie Tuccelli
Mar 08, 2013 Katie Tuccelli rated it really liked it
Perfect for young girls who love adventure, bust-your-gut humor, a bit of romance, and most of all, a feisty heroine they can look up and relate to! Definitely passing this series on to my sweet niece :-)
Wonderful book again. I really hope for more books though. :) And from what I can see on her blog... There will be a book 4!!! \o/

I can't wait for more Mermaid stuff to happen.
Dec 28, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
Very cute and enjoyable. I like the MC and how, even though she's a mermaid, she's just a regular girl. And LOVE the cover -- no stick-girl here! Woot!
Jun 12, 2015 Lydia rated it it was amazing
Very good finish to the series. It never go boring and was intersting the whole way
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Hélène Boudreau writes fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. She is also a compulsive walker, a chicklet wrangler and a lover of cheese and cheap chocolate.

Her tween novel REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS is a 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Finalist.
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