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The Mermaid Upstairs

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Yesterday my mother was a high-powered attorney. Today she is a mermaid. While the car accident we were in left me unscathed, I’ve got whiplash from how quickly my teenage life has spiraled out of control. Mom doesn't care about her court cases and keeps talking about her missing tail.

My six-year-old sister believes our mom is a fish. Well, part water nymph, and wants to
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published June 29th 2018 by Luckmaker Publishing
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Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I needed a palate cleanser after the book that failed me/I failed at yesterday. I was scrolling through my kindle app looking for something shorter and possibly a light read. I stopped on this one, drawn in by the cover.. this time feeling that hook in my gut that said "read me now"

Confession: Actually forgot what this was about. Didn't take long to refresh my memory once I started though.

This was a beautiful story of the family dealing with Nora thinking she's a real life mermaid. I wanted to h
The Distracted Bee
I was “hooked” on the premise/ synopsis immediately (did you catch that one?).

I’m looking for more fiction about mental health, and this definitely fits the bill!

Some qualms I have (I will keep it vague because, spoilers...):
1) the Jose thing was confusing and not resolved to my satisfaction, and not relevant, maybe?
2) the way-too-many chapter breaks! This may sound trivial, but I found it distracting and unnecessary (61 chapters!? And one was 2 pages? Grumble...)

Some psalms I have (not re
Aug 29, 2019 added it
Shelves: giveaway, dnfed
I liked the premise of it, but this book is just not for me. It's not in my taste and therefore I don't want to give it a review because 1) I didn't finish it and 2) it just doesn't speak to me. I'm sure this book has found it's audience with other people and I hope those people love it. Therefore I will not be giving a star review because that's not fair to the author or the readers.

A+ for originality though - definitely did not see how this story was going to go!
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. I bought this for my 10 year old niece and my mom, and all three of us devoured this book. I recommend this for all, a joyous read. (view spoiler)

Christina McMullen
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and heartwarming read. I admit the protagonist wasn't always the easiest to like, but there was definite character development that made for an endearing tale. ...more
cathy (polluxreads)
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, all opinions presented here are my own.

I'm going to start out by saying this: The Mermaid Upstairs is, by far, the best book I've read in all of 2018. And if you don't believe me, go check out my ratings for everything else I've read this year. This book was absolutely phenomenal.

Now, onto the review.

What drew me to this book in the first place was the stunning cover, and its title. I'm a sucker for anythi
*** First of all I’d like to thank the author, Jami Lilo, for providing me with a paperback copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. ***

And now for the actual review ... oh my goodness, I just LOVED this book. I can’t remember the last time I read something that I enjoyed so much. I’ve had a real hard time connecting with young adult heroines in recent years, so I had my doubts about reading another YA book at this point. However, the reviews for this one were so positive and I’ve alw
Joana Hill
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Emily and her mom are in an accident, her mom hits her head really hard and doesn't come out of it unscathed. Instead, she believes she is Nora the mermaid instead of Nora, Emily's mom. When she's assigned a project with her crush Jose, Emily is ecstatic. But with her mother's mental illness weighing her down, Emily struggles to find a balance between school and home.

Instead of being able to focus on normal things like her crush, Emily is forced to step up and help her dad take care of her
Sheri Levenstein Conaway
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jami does an amazing job with a sensitive subject, teenage girls and their moms who are trying to be everything to everyone until it all falls apart. It's a lovely journey from selfishness to compassion with a hefty dose of whimsy thrown in for good measure. The characters are relatable and real with the qualities and flaws we all carry around with us in some measure. I was completely drawn into the story. The improbability of a grown woman believing with her whole heart that she's a mermaid who ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was truly fascinating a mixture of a disney channel movie and deep contemporary I enjoyed reading it. The main character was relatable to me but I can see why she wouldnt be to others because of how I have had to take care of my family at times, I appreciate the length of time that occurred in this story however realistically could have been longer. In addition, if you enjoy psychology and attorney jargon you are definitely going to enjoy this book. The romance that occurred and some e ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story and was drawn in right away. I think Jami Lilo really nails the teenage mind and experience. This story fits squarely in the YA category. It was really easy to relate to Emily and share in her experiences. I can't recall a story that filled me with such a wide array of feelings: joy, humor, curiosity, sympathy, and some tears at the end. In an age of growing mental illness whether from life experiences, physical trauma, or both, this author offers something really speci ...more
anna angel
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I won a Kindle copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway, however my opinions are my own.

I have to say, although it was a slow start-up for me, this book reeled me in later throughout the book! It's funny. It's heart-warming. Man! It even made me mad right along with our protagonist at certain points in the story!

I went in thinking it was going to be a quirky coming-of-age tale about a young girl, but it turned out to be a wonderful story about a young girl and the relationship she has wit
Ashley H
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Parts of the story moved a little slowly for me and Emily's relationship with José seemed unnecessary at times, but overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's an interesting look at a teenager's experiences and relationships with her family/friends while dealing with a parent going through mental health issues. Adding the mermaid element to the narrative lightened the mood and brought humor to the story of an otherwise tragic family crisis, making this a perfect YA novel or book for anyone lookin ...more
Jim Sibigtroth
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
This is a sort-of coming of age, romance novel for high school girls, and since I’m a 67 year old retired male, it isn’t exactly aimed at my demographic. It did appeal to my interest in offbeat strangeness (the whole mom thinks she is an actual real mermaid and all). I liked the story but I am a bit of a stickler for properly edited sentences so the occasional mistaken word choice errors (such as too for to) put me off a bit (it probably isn’t bad enough to bother the average reader). I would re ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and Easy Read

I found this book to be more interesting and deep than I had originally expected. While it was an easy read, it did bring into question some "life expectations" and encourage the reader to question societal norms. The high school love story was a bit gratuitous in that it wasn't really needed to drive the story forward, but overall I enjoyed the book and the message!
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I won a kindle copy of this book from Goodreads. The story has potential, but for me the glaring grammatical and spelling errors were so distracting that I kept being pulled away from the story. It needs some thorough editing to fix not only those errors, but also to make the story more cohesive and coherent.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this part of a mini book club for my daughter and I. At 10 yrs old I was afraid it would be too advanced for her but to my surprise it was not and we both LOVED the book! As well as talking about what we thought would happen next, how each character felt or was dealing with their current feelings. I adored every minute of this book!
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Fun Summer Read

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun summer read that I just could not put down. I am so glad that I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway and hope that we see more books from Jami Lilo.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a fun book. I liked all of the main characters and the mother/daughter dynamic was well done. The story was a little slow at first but it picked up closer to the end.

I received a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads program.
Holly L'Heureux
I think this book was pretty good. It was fun to read and connect with the characters and i am glad to have won it from a goodreads giveaway. The only thing is I could not get as hooked on this book as I have with others. It's not that it was bad just not all encompassing. ...more
Susan Barton
I guess I just wasn't as impressed with this book as most other reviewers were. I found it dragged, especially in the beginning. I did like the emphasis on the mother/daughter relationship. There were several typos that I felt ruined the book, however. ...more
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, giveaway-shelf
I received a copy of this book through goodreads giveaways!
I'm not entirely sure what I expected out of this book, but it was overall a pretty good read. Yes, a little cheesy, the main character was a bit frustrating at times, but I also felt her frustration with the situations she was in.
Robyn Creighton
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! The story of Nora 'checking out' of her life by becoming a mermaid was a clever concept. I enjoyed Emily's perspective of her mum changing, and the way Amy and Bart dealt with it.
An easy read.
Milky Mixer
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Quirky coming-of-age comedy meets nervous breakdown drama when a 16 year old girl's mother transforms into a mermaid. Or at least, she thinks she's a mermaid. Cute story but without the splash of magical realism I was expecting. ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking and fun

I loved how relatable Emily is in The Mermaid Upstairs. I can see my daughter being the same way in a few years.
Kielyr Brown
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a neat book! It was an easy read but one that definitely kept you interested all the way through!
D.L. Hopkins
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

Insightfully silly. I loved the ideas presented, thought all the spelling and grammar errors were too bad, but figure it was an interesting way to tell s story.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, deleted
Definitely young adult.
Ashlie Aguiar Cabral
The typos killed me, but I enjoyed the story.
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