Lily Sanderson lives a normal teenage life with her aunt in Florida, but she has a secret. She is a mermaid princess, and she has to return to her father's kingdom and choose a mate before her eighteenth birthday or forfeit the throne. She's been in love with Brody, popular student and swim team star, for three years, but he doesn't know she exists. Meanwhile, Lily is frustrated by her relationship with next door neighbor, Quince, who is gorgeous but annoying. When Quince offers to help Lily get Brody despite the fact that he thinks Brody isn't the one for Lily, things get crazy. A kiss and a case of mistaken identity leave Lily bonded to Quince. The bonding give the two a deep emotional connection and begins transitioning Quince to a merman. Lily wants the bond severed, but no one, including Quince, seems to excited about that idea. As the story progresses, Lily develops feelings for Quince, and it becomes clear that he has loved her for a long time. Despite Quince's obvious merits, Lily stubornly clings to her crush on Brody.
This was a cute and easy love story, but it relies heavily on romantic cliches. Lily doesn't realize she is beautiful because her long blonde hair is too curly, her eyes are too big, and her lips are too pouty. Please. She is even a clutz to top it all off. However, my biggest problem with this book is my struggle to understand why Quince likes her at all. Her comments to him are harsh and sometimes cruel. She is superficial in her feelings and judgements, and she is the most selfish character in the book.
The story follos closely with the Disney version of "The Little Mermaid," but leaves out the depth and danger of the original tale by Hans Christian Anderson.