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Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings (Real Mermaids #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,747 Ratings  ·  316 Reviews
Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning...
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Published December 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (first published November 9th 2010)
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Jun 17, 2012 Hex rated it it was ok
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Lisa Dalrymple
Dec 31, 2011 Lisa Dalrymple rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew I would love Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings. I had read the great reviews. I enjoy the author’s quirky, somewhat “out-there” sense of humour. And I always love a book that draws me into an alternate world and allows me to stay there, happy for the duration, in my suspended disbelief.

And so I bought the book. And so I kept the book. And so I waited for one of those delicious afternoons where I could climb into a tub with my box of chocolates and a cup of tea. And I’m so glad I did.

Audrey Wilkerson
Great. How embarrassing, starting your period while trying on bathing suits. Especially when you didn’t want to try on bathing suits in the first place. Because you have no intention of swimming. Especially since your mom drowned a year before. On top of that, imagine running into him, that boy who hasn’t spoken to you since that unfortunate incident during spin-the-bottle. Just ‘cause Luke’s been gone on a sailing trip for six months doesn’t mean anything has changed. Oh, and you can’t tell you ...more
C.C. Thomas
May 30, 2013 C.C. Thomas rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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4.5 stars

This book is flipping awesome. The humor, the character flaws, the MERMAIDS...awesomeness.

Jade is a great heroine, in that she is. not. a. mary. sue. Finally! A character who has flaws, who doesn't have ten different guys who think she is the most beautiful human being they've ever laid eyes on, who isn't the girl that rules the school, and who does not have enough money to buy ten mansions and a yacht. She's REAL. She has problems that girls will relate to. She struggles with her weigh
Cute YA story. Good for pre-teens.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings is a great coming of age story, mixed with a little mystery, for middle grade readers. It's fun, it's quirky and Jade's voice is one of realism as she's coming to terms with things that are going on around her and humorous. Jade had me laughing out loud more than once. Helene does a brilliant job at merging reality with fantasy, as Jade herself is a 13 year old girl who's not only coming to terms with her mother's mysterious drowning, but she's coming
Dec 27, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS, by Hélène Boudreau, is an absolutely charming book. I went out of my comfort zone reading a lower YA book, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I sat down to start the book and finished it about two hours later!

I think one of the reasons I was not phased by it being a lower YA age group was because Jade was so wise for her fourteen years. She had issues with her self-confidence and was still dealing with the drowning death of her mother, but her 'voic
Feb 12, 2013 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preteens, teens
I bought Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings for my eleven year old step-daughter. She loves to read, and she absolutely loved this book. She was begging for the rest of the books before she was even finished. I read the book after she finished, because I’ve seen it reviewed around the blogosphere, and I wanted to see what it was all about.

When we first meet the main character, Jade, she is having a really rough day. She is at the mall with her best friend and father, when horror of all horror
Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
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This book is exactly what you would expect. It’s a cute fun read that left me smiling and wondering about the rest of the series.I definitely didn’t see a lot of it coming. I sort of expected to have the whole novel be about Jade spending time on land and having to deal with what she is while dealing with the regular perils of adolescence. But, you’re introduced to the under water world; however, not too much. It le
Juliette Molina
Oct 16, 2014 Juliette Molina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! Fantastic characters and puts an AMASSING picture in your head. When I finished this book, I wished it would never end! Truly was an amassing book. I recommend this book to kids that are about 10 or 12 years old, because it's a little in apropiet for an 8 year old like me
Apr 20, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 3-stars, 2015
Truthfully, the only reason I read this was because I needed something mindless to read between customers on a slow work day. I didn't want something too involved, something I'd have to commit to finishing outside of work, or something that I would make me cry. Thus, Real Mermaids.

This book was okay. It was a little cute, though Jade kind of annoyed me for some reason. I also didn't like all the body-shaming, talking about her muffin top and how fat she was, especially for a middle-grade kids' b
Katie H
Apr 09, 2015 Katie H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings is an amazing read about a girl named Jade who has suffered since last summer without her mother. She drowned in Talisman Lake. Jade finds that her and her mother are mermaids, but then, how did her mother drown? Besides this, she has to deal with this secret that is between her and her dad. She has to live with the heavy burden of not being able to tell her best friend why she has been acting so strange, and one lie leads to another. Join Jade on a t ...more
Lisa Higgins
Nov 08, 2010 Lisa Higgins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first few chapters of this book are hysterical. Gave it to my 13-year-old when I was done, and she was in stitches. Great voice.
4/5 Stars..
I remember when my little sister bought me this book and told me "Here you go!!! Since you love reading so much I bought this for you!!" and then I told her "Thanks! I'll read it in a couple of minutes." And then I automatically started to read it, and finished it in 2 hours :) (yes its a fast read, and the writing is really easy to get into) And I'm glad she got me this book, because this was one of the best mermaid books, on top of "Of Poseidon" and "Forgive my Fins" :)


Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
Our heroine in Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings was 13-year-old Jade. She finds out she's a mermaid after a crazy day at the mall where she first got her period while trying on bathing suits. If that wasn't bad enough, she bumped into a cute boy while shopping for feminine products with her dad. Jade just wanted to forget about her stressful day by taking a nice relaxing soak in the tub when she came out with scales and a tail instead. It turned out her mom was a mermaid who was washed ashore ...more
Small Review
This was a cute book, but definitely should be categorized as MG instead of YA. Jade is 14, but her voice and situation read much more like she is in middle school. While the story is cute, I think YA readers may find themselves a little bored and unable to fully connect with Jade. Some MG books are written in such a way as to appeal to all ages, but I don’t really think that is the case with Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings.

I liked Jade and found her to be a very sympathetic character. Her em
Hafsah Faizal
Dec 29, 2010 Hafsah Faizal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw this one on my twitter feed, I wasn't so sure I wanted to read it. I hadn't seen the cover yet, but the title kind of threw me off. I'm not sure why, but somehow, it just did.

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings starts off with Jade (the main character) shopping with her best friend for the perfect swimsuit to fit her muffin-top, plus-sized body. She finally finds one...Then everything pretty much goes haywire from there.

She gets a mermaid's tail, while sitting in a salt wate
Mar 13, 2014 Isabel rated it it was ok
I've had this one on my iPhone for a while and would read it in bits and snippets while I was in line at the store.

This book started strong. The narrator is conversational and funny. She is a 14 year old girl dealing with the loss of her mother and the onset of womanhood. While I found her interactions with her father to be amusing at times (ex: she has her first period and her dad rushes to her aid with a shopping cart full of pads), I thought other jokes fell flat.

Somehow the opening tone of c
Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

* Absolutely positively one of the most delightful pieces of tween fiction I have ever read
* Heroine is a very real and refreshingly honest
* Strong opening grabs your attention and you are hooked into the story
* Sort of reminded me of a hipper Judy Blume book (This is a compliment)
* Snappy witty dialogue
* Love the relationship between Jade and her Dad
* Positive relationships between Jade and her friends and boys
* Very unique storyline
* Author really remembers what its like
Isabella Mas
Who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping and embarrassment to get out with scales and a tail? First zit. First crush. First ... mermaid's tail? What Jade develops is more than anyone would ever expect. Jade detects she has inherited her mermaid tendencies for her mother. although if her mother was a scaly tailed underwater breathing mermaid how could she have drowned when Jade was younger? Jade is determined to figure out this incredible mystery. Then how wil ...more
Eileen Castle
May 30, 2015 Eileen Castle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mermaids
Why does it seem like every mermaid story start out in the bath tub? It's over done, and it wasn't even the true beginning of the book, it felt like it started in the bath tub just to meet this cliche. Because while she was in the tub we flashed back to earlier that day.

I just don't know where to start on this. 1.5 Stars.
Laura Pauling
Dec 04, 2010 Laura Pauling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book for middle graders - especially girls. This book wasn't really about mermaids but a about a girl, Jade, coming to terms with her life and her family and fighting for them. The opening of the book is worth reading the whole book - funny and touching scene between a girl and her dad that almost any girl can relate to. I was laughing and fighting off tears. I also loved how Helene took a fresh approach to mermaids. They weren't glorified sea creatures and Jade didn't all of a sudd ...more
Aug 15, 2011 Alecia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read. Likeable characters and an interesting plot. I'm always buzzing for budding relationships and Jade and Luke had me smiling whenever they were together. The relationship felt authentic with just the right amount of awkwardness. I especially liked the fact that it wasn't corny and over the top, which I often see in young adult fiction.

There was a huge twist I didn't see coming involving Luke, which I won't give away, and although it did surprise me, I didn't take well to it.
Desarey Flores
Oct 28, 2013 Desarey Flores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After having a rough day shopping for swimsuits, Jade hop into the bathtub but 1 thing is unexpected.she looks down and sees "scales and a tale"? She then leared she had inherited it from her mom, but if her mom was a mermaid how did she drown?
Jade goes through many difficult times. She has to lie not only to her best friend but to her crush Luke. This book brings so many surprises. You can really feel what the character is feeling because of the certain situations.I enjoyed this book and I wo
This book is everything I look for in a quick-read: it's fast-paced enough to keep me interested while also being kinda shallow in the conflict department. It's basically a Saturday morning cartoon in book form...exactly what I needed around the end of the semester with finals coming up.

Jade is a 13 year old girl who just recently lost her mom and is trying to figure out a lot of 'firsts' on her own: first period, first crush, first fight with the BFF, you get the idea. Low and behold her first
K.C. Rivers
Oh, man. This book had me in absolute stitches by the third chapter. So funny, and yet so true. Jade’s experiences (apart from the whole mermaid thing) were ones that we females have all gone through, and it made her a delightfully real character. It was easy to relate to her struggles and her triumphs and her quirky sense of humor was brilliantly written.

My ONLY annoyance at the writing style was the author used a lot of questions to portray the main character’s confusion. In small doses, that
Oct 21, 2014 Ludovica rated it it was amazing
I love mermaids, and I love stories about young girls not being all that okay with growing up - and I absolutely adore stories that deal with all the strange as fuck changes happening in young girls’ bodies at that horrible age of 14 (*cough* periods *cough*) - so it would have been nearly impossible for me not to enjoy ‘Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings’.

Jade, our soon-to-be-finny protagonist, is fourteen years old and preparing to go into the water for the first time since her mother drowned
Jules Goud
Jade has just found out that she is a mermaid. Then her whole world changes.

Unfortunately, there is nothing that is really unique to these books. I would love to stay that I haven't really seen mermaids in this perspective, but to be honesty, I read these type of books all the time. So, the fact that most things were predictable made it hard to fully enjoy the book.

However, I did enjoy the humour that came with it. Jade was sarcastic and her drive to do whatever she could for her mother was amaz
Had I been a fourteen year old girl, I think this book would have been perfect for me. Not that I didn't enjoy it, because I did. Teenage me had a few things in common with Jade and I liked how normal she was (other than the fact that she's half mermaid and I'm not). My only real issue with this book was that it was a little too short and felt a bit rushed. I would have loved for things to have been drawn out a bit more so we could have gotten to know the characters better and more of the backst ...more
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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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