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Friday, May 20, 2011

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau: Book Review

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings
by Helene Boudreau
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4412-4
Suggested Age: 9-12
Buy from Indigo

Description: Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning...If she hadn't been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail?

Most. Embarrassing. Moment. Ever. Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?

Jade is determined to find out. So how does a plus-size, aqua-phobic mer-girl go about doing that exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend, Cori, and to her crush, Luke? This summer is about to get a lot more interesting...

The Good Stuff
  • Absolutely positively one of the most delightful pieces of tween fiction I have ever read
  • Heroine is a very real and refreshingly honest
  • Strong opening grabs your attention and you are hooked into the story
  • Sort of reminded me of a hipper Judy Blume book (This is a compliment)
  • Snappy witty dialogue
  • Love the relationship between Jade and her Dad
  • Positive relationships between Jade and her friends and boys
  • Very unique storyline
  • Author really remembers what its like to be a 13 yr old girl
  • Author's Canadian
The Not so Good Stuff
  • I wanted more -- there better be a sequel
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Pleasantly plump girl bumps into cute (but evil) boy. A few polite words were exchanged. Girl and boy from parallel universes part ways, never to speak again."

"Geesh! They really should invent a brain implant with a drop-down menu of witty comebacks because right then, I had nothing."

"Hey Jade?' He called out holding two packages of maxi pads.
I shook my head violently to stop Dad from talking, but from where he stood, I doubted he could see I was talking to a boy. A mildly annoying, but nonetheless cute boy.
'Do you want wings or no wings?'
It was official. This was shaping up to be the Most. Embarrassing. Day. Ever." 

"I was in no mood to negotiate with the Tampon Terrorist."
Who should/shouldn't read

  • Perfect book for the middle school or tween girl
5 Dewey's

I picked this up at the OLA Conference and didn't have to review it, just loved it and wanted to pass it on to you guys too


  1. This sounds absolutely adorable... I can so see a Disney movie brewing! I've got to read it, pure and simple! Thanks for the introduction!!
    Best wishes
    Suzy Turner, YA urban fantasy author

  2. I just finished reading this with my daughter and we loved it too!

  3. Hey Suzy - definitely pick up it is beautiful

    Laura - Helene is going to be at OLA with the sequel to the book can't wait to read

  4. This book is a great story about a girl who figures out she's a mermaid. However, this book does NOT just blend into the background with all the other teen mermaid books. It has a real story behind it- something more than just a girl who has a fishy secret.


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