Book Reviews · Young Adult Books

Book Review: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman (ARC review)

Rating: 4/5 stars

It’s quite unfortunate that I read this book over a VERY cold weekend because Silverman’s adorable debut novel about summertime & California made me dream of warmer weather ❤

Last week I received this ARC from the publisher. I opened it up over the weekend and it only took me a few hours to finish. This is a great relaxed and cute summer read.

This novel follows surfer/Californian Anise Sawyer as she and her father go to Nebraska for the summer to take care of Anise’s aunt and cousins. Anise is distraught at leaving her home, and worries about becoming just like her mother who has left her family behind.

I was a bit worried that the “sporty” aspect of the novel would keep me from getting into it, since I am not a sporty person at all, but Silverman balanced that aspect really well with the rest of the plot. The book mainly focuses on Anise’s inner conflict and the relationship with her family members. And besides the issue with Anise’s mom, her family is amazing. I loved the relationship she had with her father, it was really refreshing and important to see such a positive one. Also Anise’s cousins, especially the twins, offer some very adorable and light-hearted moments.

I think the best part, and what will hopefully/likely draw a lot of readers to this book, is Lincoln (male love interest/protag). He was so ridiculously charming and sweet, he is what every young person should look for in a significant other or even a friend. He is a disabled (he has one arm), African American male who loves adventure. Silverman did such a good job with the portrayal of this character. Although Lincoln is very ambitious, he did not feel like an “inspiration porn” disabled character. In other words, his disability wasn’t used to make non-disabled folk feel better or inspired.

My main critique of this book would be that the ending felt very abrupt. When I was about 94% done I looked at Goodreads to see if there would a sequel, but from what I can tell this is a stand-alone. It felt like to me with so few pages left there was still a lot to wrap up, especially between Lincoln + Anise. Perhaps Silverman wanted to have it open-ended, but it could have been 15-20 pages longer in my opinion.

Thanks so much to the publisher for the awesome book and I can’t wait to see what Laura does next!

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