Mermaid Park by Beth Mayall
Pub. Date: May 10th, 2007
Age Level: 14+
Synopsis via Goodreads
Sixteen-year-old Amy rush doesn't expect much from her summer at the Jersey shore, until she stumbles on Mermaid park, an old tourist spot where girls dress in fabulous costumes and put on underwater shows. working at the park changes Amy's life in more ways than she could have imagined. she finds romance, a newfound self-confidence, and discovers breathtaking revelations about long-buried family secrets.
Amy; pg. 1
Packed in the back of our family Freak-Show Wagon O' Fun, I was coming to terms with the fact that I was not a nice person. A nice person wouldn't have just spent two hours wishing severe, incurable illness upon Rebecca Shoemaker, the friend who'd bailed on spending three days with me on this family trip to the Jersey shore.
Pool Sign at Motel; pg. 42
NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY.
WELCOME TO OUR OOL. (PLEASE NOTE WE LEFT THE "PEE" OUT.)
Amy; pg. 104
A little girl said, "Mommy, that was a real mermaid. I could tell." The mom smiled at me, sharing the joke. I smiled back but thought, I might be closer to the little girl on this one, lady.
Amy; pg. 194-195
He breathed out, looked somewhere far away. The raindrops deadened all the sound, the crickets, the birds. It was just me and him and a hundred thousand tiny drops dripping into this pool on top of a spring spurting out of the ground. Where water from the sky met with water from the Earth and mixed into something else completely.
Mermaid Park was a very enjoyable novel that I don't really think a lot of people know about. I hope that by posting my Review, as well as these passages, that you'll be inspired to pick up this lovely novel and read it.
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