Sunday, March 3, 2013

Girl at Sea

Girl at SeaGirl at Sea by Maureen Johnson

On the library stacks: YA Fiction
AR Reading Level: 4.4

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really liked the Scarlett series and the Little Blue Envelope series. This is my first try at one of Johnson's stand-alone novels, and I was really disappointed.

Clio is a 17-year old who is really annoyed she has to spend the summer on a yacht off the coast of Italy with her dad. Instead, she wishes she was working in the art store in Philadelphia with her latest crush. Clio can't believe that her dad has brought his girlfriend and her daughter along, but at least nerdy Aidan is something cute to look at on the boat. Things get crazy when Clio realizes that they are on a real-life Dive! adventure, similar to the board game she and her dad created years ago.

This book was just too silly for me. I couldn't decide what I was supposed to take seriously...the divorce, the tattoo, the money problems, the girlfriend, the business partner's health issues, the kidnapping. None of it was believable and Clio just came off as bratty to me. It was only Aidan that kept me reading.

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bermudaonion said...

Too bad - I wonder if younger readers would find it less silly.

Melissa said...

Bummer. I've been saying that this was my favorite for years. But maybe it's not... I don't remember, now.

Nina said...

I've only read the first book in the Scarlett series, but I did like that one. Sorry to hear this book wasn't awesome. I don't like too silly books.

Susan said...

I really like Johnson's Shades of London series and would love to read more of what she's written, BUT I'm a little leery. Her earlier books, it seems, are A LOT different than her newer books. I'm not sure I want to bother with them...

At any rate, thanks for the review!

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