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Fish Out of Water

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Mika Arlington was supposed to spend the summer after her junior year shadowing her marine biologist parents at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but when her estranged grandmother randomly shows up on the doorstep one day, those plans are derailed. Because Grandma Betty isn't here to play nice—she is cranky, intolerant of Mika's mixed-race-couple parents, and oh yeah she has Alz ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published February 5th 2015 by Hot Key Books
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
This is such a pleasant surprise. It's a light read even though it did tackle several serious issues, it's diverse and at the same time a fun summer read. I like how invested Mika is in her job at the pet shop and her aspiration to be just like her parents who are marine biologists. I admire her passion for fishes, yes fishes because it’s not just goldfish she adores and I could imagine their home surrounded by aquariums filled with those beautiful and colorful aquatic creatures.

It's also notew
C.G. Drews
This is the cutest fishily romance of the world. And do not question my use of the word "fishily". It totally works. And I obviously get to use Nemo gifs for this review because: FISH.

I'm not the world's biggest fan of fluffy romance (this totally is one) but Fish Out of Water kind of stole my heart. I loved how diverse and unique it was. The narrator, Mika, is half-Japanese. Her grandmother has Alzheimer's. One of Mika's best friends is Indian. Mika's hobbies include sand-sculpture and fish-ke
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stand-alones
Extremely enjoyable, conquering themes like race and mental illness. Filled with all my favourite cliches within a book, the most primary one being the fake boyfriend/girlfriend turning into something more than just appearances! What stood out in this book was the balance between friend, family and boyfriend relationships. 100% would recommend!
Sara Raasch
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes cute and fun romances
Recommended to Shanti by: C.G. Drews
This was an adorable book about how people change, about love and how it's hard and kindness. It fell into some cliches (the 'bad boy' and misunderstanding ones) but I generally loved it!
Mika is a really appealing character. She has a goal- to become a marine biologist- and works at a pet store. When- all in the same day- a sullen boy becomes her co worker and her grandmother with Alzheimers moves in (meaning that she loses her internship) she is understandably upset. I loved that I could relate
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-love, 2014-reads
Um.. WoW.. And then WoW again.. WoW one more time.
I was hooked on the first page.
I love and Cherish Natalie's witty and fun writing!!
This book was fantastic and enjoyable. Fast paced , Witty , and Emotional all at once. I read it in two days.
I hope she writes more Contemporary because I absolutely adored this book.
to sum it up . when this book is out find it and buy it and read and then read it again!!!
More detailed Review will be up on my blog -
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is the first book i’ve ever reread in my entire book. the first time i finished it - which was 4 years ago - i reread the book the very next day.
one of my gr friends added it to their tbr and that’s when i remembered how much i love it!!
Trigger warnings: racism, homophobia, shitty parenting.

3.5 stars.

I've read Natalie Whipple's sci-fi books and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I was really interested to see what she could do with a contemporary story. And for the most part, I enjoyed this. I liked Mika as a character. Her friendships were delightful. Her struggles to deal with her newly discovered grandmother were utterly understandable and watching her slow realisation of why her grandmother was the way that she was? Yeah, it was
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not bad but DNF at 57% because that's where I felt the story should have ended as I had zero interest in reading on. ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you to Natalie Whipple for the eARC! Having received a review copy did not affect my views of the novel.

I'll clue you in with the most obvious assurance that Fish Out of Water is a great read, especially for contemporary YA lovers: it is blurbed by Kasie West. THE Kasie West, who made me swear I'll name my hypothetical son Alexander with Xander as a nickname because of how much I loved The Distance Between Us. Dude, if Kasie West says it's "fun and
Rachel Patrick
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review (and others) can be seen in all its proper formatting glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

Bordering on 4.5 stars, I think.

Fish Out of Water was the first book I read by Natalie Whipple, and it most certainly will not be my last. I absolutely adored this book and loved reading it. I went into it expecting a story about a girl and a boy who work at a pet store and fall for each other, and instead got a story that deals with racism, Alzheimer's, and has a stinking cute romance. Th
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Natalie Whipple's Fish Out of Water rather caught me by surprise. I’d been interested in the book based on the publisher’s marketing copy, so I requested a review copy and I’d expected to be at least entertained by the book. What I hadn't expected, was that the book drew me in to the extent that I actually stayed up until half three to finish it. (Thank you Wiebe for pulling morning duty and let me catch up on sleep the next day—well, later that day.) Mika's summer was completely engrossing and ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing

After reading a series of poignant but mentally draining adult novels around terminal illness, I was ready to be distracted by a light and fluffy read and Fish Out of Water perfectly fitted that bill. I admit that the cover initially did make this book come across a bit childish, but when I read the blurb I realised that rather than a middle grade read this was the young adult romance I needed to lift my spirits.

Mika Arlington is the daughter of two marine
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Natalie put the call out looking for early reviews I did not hesitate in completing the form, and crossing my fingers that UK entries were accepted. A few weeks later I got an email with a copy of Fish Out of Water for review, and I wanted to drop everything to make a start on it.

Fish Out of Water follows Mika as she spends her summer dealing with a new employee at her work, an absent grandmother who has dementia, and to top it all off, her best friend moving.

Mika Works at AnimalZone's Aqua
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

I blooming loved Fish Out of Water! This is the first book I have read my Natalie Whipple and she is a writing genius. Fish Out of Water refused to let me go, I was completely involved in Mika's story; I just could not get enough! Also how cute is the cover?! It got quite a few looks whilst I was reading it on the train. It really catches your eye (excuse the pun).

Mika's summer is all planned out; it's going to be perfect, but the ar
Jessica Brooks
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

FISH OUT OF WATER was a breath of fresh air. The characters were diverse, the difficulty in being accepted when BEING diverse was addressed (many times), there was compassion, frustration, girlfriend fun, a hot guy, great food, and a gorgeous location (Monterey, California, and the surrounding areas, which Natalie wrote so perfectly that I felt like I was there again, walking down Cannery Row as a local, not a touris
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-books

The publisher kindly provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fun and very quick read, an enjoyable, summery romance, ideal to read either in summer, or, like I did, on one of the first sunny days of the year, just when the rays of the sun start to warm you up a bit. I really liked the main character and I enjoyed the more serious storyline with the grandmother that's added to the romance. The romance itself was okay, although I'm still not quite sure what to
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: bought-kindle
We are fight or flight creatures. It might not be the best way to cope, but sometimes it's the easiest."

This is a tough story. It's all about love and all it's forms. Best friends, parents to children, children to parents, relationships and everything in between. It's a great, real reflection of actual life.

but because of that, it's tough. I'm not 100% sold that every message in the book is true - or true to every circumstance. But the story was interesting and I did like the two main characters
Jennifer Jenkins
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
FISH OUT OF WATER is a story about a Japanese-American girl whose summer turns to shambles when her racist, Alzheimer’s, grandmother shows up on her doorstep and a spoiled rich-kid named Dylan invades her pet store work place.

This is a love story. But the premise is so three deminsional that the reader is faced with a myriad of conflicts that all lead to the same, well-crafted point. Love is diverse and sometimes hurtful, but worth it in the end.
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I sat down to start reading this book, and 5 hours later I was done without even realizing it. I just HAD to find out how things turned out for Mika. I enjoyed the story line, and the comparison Whipple made between the goldfish and Alzheimers. Watching Mika grow and change as she was facing the different obstacles that came into her life had me wishing for the best for her.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really REALLY LOVED this book. It is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Fish out of water put my heart on a roller coaster ride. I love ever single bit/word/letter/everything about it. 9.9/10!!!
It is very good-AWESOME actually. READ IT!!!!!!!
Marla Mei
Idk I'm so conflicted :/ ...more
This was pretty adorable, actually. Review soon! But I definitely recommend it.
Closet Readers
Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Natalie whipple managed to totally reel me in…
Rachel Marie
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. It was cute, and fun, and may have been fluffy but it totally worked. I loved the characters, and the diversity, and the setting, and how perfectly everything was portrayed.

Our main character is Mika. Mika loves fish. Her parents are marine biologists at the Aquarium, where she is hoping to get an internship over the summer, in addition to her job at the pet shop. But suddenly, her perfect summer ends up not-so-perfect. Her grandmother Betty shows up. The grandmother Mika ha
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This book had so much potential...
Dealing with a sensitive plot, that involves racism, alzheimer and growing up, this book did not live up to my expectations. Instead most of Mika's problems involved Dylan. Sure, Betty is mentioned a lot of the times, and her appearance in the book is definitely something that impacts the other characters, but it's not a lot of times we actually get that deep into the relationship between Mika and her, but when we do i realy love how Mika explains how she loves
Lauren Robertson
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Michelle Sallay
There were loads of things that I liked about this book. I thought our MC was strong and sassy, I enjoyed the friendships and the parent relationships, I liked how the swoony romance was not the focus of this book and it was more about all kinds of relationships. But something just kept me from giving it four stars...I can't put my finger on what it was. This is a really great summer read though since it is a summer book.

The book has thoughtful swearing, meaning I thought when it did have langu
Kathleen Whitter
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1-10
Mika is looking forward to a perfect summer working alongside her parents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, but things turn upside down when her racist grandmother with Alzheimer's shows up. To make things worse, her work sanctuary has been invaded by the pompous rich boy Dylan. However, Mika learns to love those she thought were unlovable.

I am not a huge fan of contemporary novels, and I didn't particularly enjoy this one. A lot of the problems in the story seemed superficial. However, there were some
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Oh. So. Let. Down.

This book is so great. Love the characters and the layers and the plot and the thinking and the learning and the growing. SO much goodness and of course we have to throw in premarital, teenage sex. Why? WHY? SERIOUSLY WHY!!! Cheap and cliche.
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