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The Lifeguard

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  1,238 Ratings  ·  223 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, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Albert Whitman Company (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jun 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, ya
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
Oct 18, 2011 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
Emily (Book Jems)
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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
Aug 18, 2015 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
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
It is so rare for me to rate a book under 3 stars. The book was only meh and nothing more. There was no good romance and even though the MC didn't bother me to much the whole story line did. I LOVED Antonio and if the book had been solely on the 80 year old grandfather it would have gotten 4 stars for sure. I was bored through most of it and kept hoping with each chapter it would start to pick up but it didn't. I just have nothing good to say. I could care less about the characters and the only ...more
Jennifer Rinehart
Oct 25, 2011 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
Oct 19, 2011 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
Jan 23, 2012 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 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: why-god-why, wtf
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Kimiye Blakely
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hum2
It's so hard to explain. The easiest way to imagine it as a force that understands you. Saying that Deborah Blumenthal has the gift of words is such an understatement. The characters come alive and I feel personally and so emotionally touched. This book makes me want more. Makes me need more. The magical realism and unanswered questions turn this book into a reality. This is not a story no more, it's a living, breathing and touching companion.

I actually felt so unaccomplished in reading this boo
Jolene Perry
Aug 06, 2012 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.

Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Serena's parents are getting a divorce. There is no money for her summer camp so she travels from Texas to Rhode Island to stay with her aunt during the summer who lives right by the beach. Her parents also want to keep her away from all the stress with the divorce. . Soon she sees pilot the lifeguard. She falls for him but there also seem to be something mysterious going on with him...

This was a very different book. Besides the hospital scene later in the book, this was a very quiet book. It re
Ravenous Biblioworm
Jun 10, 2012 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
Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
This is a difficult book to rate because I have such odd feelings about it. Not conflicted feelings, just odd. One thing I like the most about it is the way it portrays a child of divorce. We tend to think that kids just get over that situation these days, even that they prefer it to fighting. But some kids, especially kids who are an only child, can really come undone by that circumstance. I don't think it makes them drama queens, just people whose world is being shaken.

There is beautiful writi
Tammy Smith
Aug 05, 2012 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
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
Feb 07, 2012 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
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Jun 03, 2012 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
Laischa Mayancela
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oct 17, 2011 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
Jul 17, 2012 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
May 17, 2012 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 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
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
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
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 03, 2013 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
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Jun 12, 2012 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
Gypsy 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.
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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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