"Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it's not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you're a normal teenage girl, but when you're half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there's no such thing as a simple crush.
Lily's mermaid identity is a secret that can't get out, since she's not just any mermaid—she's a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn't feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she's been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren't really the casual dating type—the instant they "bond," it's for life.
When Lily's attempt to win Brody's love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned."
Characters: Lily is such a fun character. Sure, she's very oblivious, occasionally to the point of stupidity, but she has a fantastic attitude and she's just adorable. Usually with my YA romance, I tend to either despise the heroine or have a non opinion about her. It was relaxing actually liking a romance protagonist for once.
As for Quince, it's hard not to love this guy. He's loyal, witty, surprisingly sensitive, and has it really bad for Lily. He is excruciatingly annoying, but that's a part of his appeal. Seeing him evolve from a jackass to a compelling human being was enjoyable, especially when I could scream at Lily for not seeing how he obviously feels about her.
I wish Brody's character was delved into a little bit more, but he does his job in the story. Lily's proximity to him on a daily basis made her love for him seem more natural as well. Even if she still didn't fully understand his personality.
The side characters do provide great support for the main characters. They were fleshed out enough for me to not feel like there were needless characters, but not enough that all was revealed in the first novel. Mainly though, this story is about Quince and Lily, and boy is their relationship honest, realistic - albeit a little too sappy in parts for me personally - and romantic. Four and a half flowers.
Writing: Childs has a strong voice in Lily's character. I was surprised that the mermaid lingo enhanced the strength of Lily's narrative instead of just annoying me. The book is fun and difficult to put down. I finished Forgive My Fins in two days. 4 and a half flowers.
Plot: I love the premise of this book! The pacing was strange to me though. It felt too choppy at times. There is a lot of high stake bumps in the road with slower transition times, so it often took me a few dozen pages to truly settle into the scenery. When I did, however, it was a grand ride with a lot of adventure and tension.
My only serious qualm with the plot was the big turn of event scene. The believability just didn't make sense and the character was too quick at believing Lily was a mermaid for me to find the tension realistic. Besides that, the plot and humor that came with it was charming. 4 flowers.
End: It made my heart melt a little. I have to read the sequel. 4 and a half flowers.
Dust Jacket Description: I really like how the voice in this description fits the tone of the novel. 5 flowers.
Cover: It's too similar to every other YA cover on the shelf. I wish I saw more mermaid-style elements. 3 flowers.
Overall: If you need a break from the daily stresses of life and want some strong, funny, emotionally wrought romance, PLEASE pick this up. It's exceptionally well crafted. 4 flowers.