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The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan
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Jun 17, 2010

really liked it
Read in June, 2010

I loved this book. It is a perfect beach or summer read. It is spellbinding---I was drawn in from the very beginning and could not stop until I finished the story in one sitting. I love it when that happens!

The Mermaid's Mirror is about a 15 year-old girl, Lena, who defies her parents and learns to surf. She is drawn to the ocean and sneaks around behind her parents' backs to surf in the most dangerous waters. Lena's mother died when she was four years old, although Lena does not know the circumstances surrounding her death. What follows Lena's surfing adventures are stunning revelations about everything Lena believed to be true. Lena's world is not what she thought it was, and she must choose her own path and determine her future in a series of heartbreaking decisions.

I found the characters to be very relatable and well developed. Oftentimes, I find that characters with smaller roles are flat and not very "fleshed-out." L.K. Madigan does a great job of developing each character in the story. Her writing is enchanting. I found myself compulsively reading "just one more page," until I finished the entire book! The book moves at a good pace, with an ending that will leave you wanting more.

Just One Gripe:
All the focus on beaches and surfing made me want to visit the beach so badly I could barely stand it.

The Best Thing About This Book:
I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say I loved Lena's world.
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