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Fish Out of Water (The Girl Without a Phone, #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Be who you were born to be …

Marina Andersen’s structured life is ruled by the Three S’s: Swim. Study. Succeed. But all this routine and order leaves little time for what she really wants to do: SING. Try telling that to her overbearing father, a former rock legend whose personal demons keep Marina’s extraordinary musical talents behind closed doors.

After a chance performan
ebook, 272 pages
Published December 20th 2019 by Young Actors Project
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Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Reedsy Discovery, and Young Actors Project for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

This is the first novel that I picked to review after getting accepted to be a reviewer for Reedsy Discovery. I would say it reminds me of BookSirens – which reminds me I still have to catch up on some books t
Yellowjacket Nest
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An awesome book!!! Literally could not stop reading!!! I loved how it was all written out and way the characters were so realistic!! And especially the fact that Lily and Sierra from the first "Girl Without a Phone" series were there too!! Big thanks to YAP for giving me the chance to be one of the first to read it !! Definitely an all time favorite. Would love to see this in movie format!!!😉 ...more
Ava Wortel
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book! It was inspiring, fun, and kinda sad! It was very well written. This was the type of book where you don't want to stop reading. I definitely recommend this book! 100% worth reading twice! ...more
Lj Ducharme
Thank you to the author(s) and publisher for this free copy, in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this story of Marina. It was so refreshing to read about a teenager who acted like a teenager. A teenager with a lot going on on her plate, but she (and her friends) was consistent with her feelings and actions for her age.

I felt helpless for Marina as she tries to negotiate a grieving father, and a life path not of her choosing. She didn't turn into a teenage superhero who conquers tal
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I will admit I had never heard of the YouTube series The Girl Without a Phone, but I am a huge Little Mermaid fan! This story about a teenager with dreams who is held back by her controlling father was a quick and sweet read. Marina has inherited her singing talent from both of her parents, but after her mother died in a car accident, her father blamed the music industry and doesn’t want Marina anywhere near it. Instead, he pushes her extremely hard to excel in both school and in swimming, which ...more
A Book Vacation
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 1/27/2020.

This was really cute!

I knew nothing about the Young Actors Project before I picked this one up--all I had was the (mostly) fond memory of watching the cartoon version of The Little Mermaid over and over and OVER again with the next door neighbor I was babysitting for the summer, and thought, why not? I enjoy fairy tale retellings...

I'm glad I gave it a chance!

The fairy tale retelling aspect is very loosely done--the characters are mostly there,
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By Jessica Sommersby

Well let me tell you this was not what I was expecting! I absolutely fell in love with this book and could relate to this YA Fiction Novel based on my past life experiences growing up with the most strictest of parents. To some that have not experienced this type of upbringing of having a controlling parent/parents; it may seem far fetched or not quite believable, but I’m living proof that there is parenting that borderlines on that of child abuse.

I fully re
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
What I Loved:
Fish Out of Water was so real. I loved that this teenager felt like a real teenager. She had problems and sadness and unattainable expectations from her father. It was written so well and captured such a real-feel. The writing was beautiful.

How I Felt:
The Plot in Fish Out of water was heartbreaking, but wonderful at the same time. I was cheering for Marina to go for her dreams and not live the life her father wants her to live. I loved watching her struggle to be able to do what she
I go by 'Jo' now
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
As posted on my blog - Descendant of Poseidon Reads

From the very first chapter of this book, I find it really cute and funny. Though, the middle part goes bad and blue. Still, this is a wonderful book inspired by ‘A Little Mermaid’ story which isn’t true retelling (the characters and such) yet resemble how the original fairytale has been. You’ll be going to notice some reenactment once you read this book. The counterpart of Ursula and the stolen voice (for the sake of not spoiling, ‘stolen voice
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As someone who grew up with Disney’s Little Mermaid, I was super excited about this book. Jennifer Sommersby has done a great job of capturing the feeling of displacement from the original fairy tale, but has brought it into a modern setting. The characters are very relatable and the pressure from their parents to abandon dreams for a “practical job” (that isn’t in the Arts) feels SO REAL. I especially loved the tongue-in-cheek way the characters poke fun at “Magic” and “Fairy Tales” for being m ...more
Katrin Bartas
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fish Out of Water came as a huge surprise to me. I expected an easy, cutesy fairytale but what I got was so much more! Plenty of emotions, a few tears, relatable teenage experiences, and an incredibly enjoyable journey. My only complaint? I wish that it was longer because the characters were easy to fall in love with! I loved it so much, so you should definitely check it out ❤️
Leslie Wibberley
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Sommersby has written another stellar YA story. A perfect YA voice, a protagonist you will fall in love with and cheer for, a dad who needs a good swift kick, a swoon-worthy love interest, music—so much music, the challenging world of competitive swimming that will ring true for any elite athlete. There is just so much to love about this story.
Anna Sanford
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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It was very good. I recommend it! I will say I suggest to watch the YAP videos on youtube if you really liked it.
Chapter 36 was missing the last page. The last page of the chapter ends with spoon. That wasn't good considering it's a crucial moment in the story. ...more
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I am a writer, copy/line editor, bibliophile, and mom of four living in the Great White North.

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