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Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman

Aquamarine (2001)

by Alice Hoffman

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A cute little story about 2 12-year-old friends finding a mermaid in a delapidated swimming pool after a big storm. The book synopsis says it all. More of a short story. ( )
  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
I love Alice Hoffman. In fact, she probably deserves a space on my Top Ten favorite authors list.

That said, this was not one of my favorite works. I love the short story format, but somehow it lacked the weight or profundity that I find most rewarding about the way a short story forces an intense focus on a few characters or events. It didn't have the carefully crafted feeling of some of Hoffman's longer works (possibly because she used much-simplified language to appeal to younger readers?).

In the end, if there was a point to this story, I just didn't get it. It seemed mildly silly. I also found myself objecting to the hackneyed trope of two characters with absolutely nothing in common (here, a college student and a self-centered mermaid) who fall deeply in love either at first sight (for the mermaid catching a glimpse of the handsome college student) or over the course of a few hours (for the college student, it happened over a dinner of tunafish sandwiches catered by two matchmaking tweens who put the mermaid in a wheelchair for the occasion). ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Young adult chapter book about two best friends that are spending their last summer together. One of the friends is moving soon. They find a mermaid randomly in a hotel pool. The two best friends help the mermaid prove that true love exists, her father doesn't believe her. In exchange for the help the girls provide, the mermaid can grant one wish. Excellent book for students going through a move, shows a lot about growing up.
  kzilinskas | Nov 16, 2014 |
Claire and Hailey, are best friends, but Claire has to move to Florida. They wish for a miracle, so Claire would not have to move. After they wished for their miracle everything goes wrong and out of control.They meet a mermaid named Aquamarine. It is an exciting adventure to find out what happens to Aquamarine.

Aquamarine is an amazing story about two friends who are like sisters because they do everything together. It is interesting to see how they keep the secret of Aquamarine being a mermaid. It is funny that Aquamarine lives in a swimming pool. The characters are very different but have their friendship in common. I have also seen the movie Aquamarine and like it better then the book. ( )
  Olivia.Rose3 | Nov 1, 2014 |
Best friends Hailey and Claire are spending their last summer together before Claire moves to Florida with her grandparents. The Capri Beach Club has been the scene of so many memories for the girls, but this summer is especially bittersweet for them. Then, the morning after an awful storm, Hailey and Claire discover something unusual in the murky water at the bottom of the pool. There in the depths is a mysterious creature with a sharp tongue and a broken heart: a mermaid named Aquamarine has been separated from her sisters, swept away by the force of the storm.

Trapped in the deep end of the pool, Aquamarine is not only suffering from a severe case of homesickness, she is also experiencing the pangs of first love - for a totally inappropriate creature - a human teenage boy. Now, as this mythological yet very real being starts to fade in the burning August sun, the mermaid's fate rests with Hailey and Claire.

Just on the edge of growing up, during a summer that is the hottest on record, Claire and Hailey are discovering that life can take an unpredictable course, best friends are forever, and magic can often be found in the unlikeliest places. In Aquamarine, best-selling author Alice Hoffman weaves a luminous tale of nostalgia and enchantment, perfect for readers both young and old.

I've had this book on my TBR pile for almost three years. Despite waiting for such a long time to read the book, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was certainly intriguing and while definitely written for children, I found the characters well-developed and extremely likable. I give this book an A! ( )
  rubyandthetwins | Apr 21, 2014 |
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This wide-eyed, magical tale by distinguished author Alice Hoffman reflects the pale blue hue of two 12-year-old friends about to be parted at summer's end. Hailey and Claire have lived next door to each other and have been best friends all their lives, but now Claire's family is going to move away to Florida. The two hang out at the neighborhood beach club in the blistering heat, dreading the end of things. The Capri Beach Club, too, is coming to an end--neglected and shabby, due to be bulldozed at the end of the season.

Despite the girls' fear of change, everything shifts with a summer storm. At the beach club the next morning, Hailey and Claire find that the storm has left its mark, filling the cloudy waters of the swimming pool with jellyfish and seaweed. Hailey boldly dives in and discovers that the waves have also brought a delicate blue and white mermaid who is extremely grouchy at her predicament. The girls scheme to return the fish-woman to the sea, but she obstinately refuses to leave the vicinity of Raymond, the handsome boy who runs the gift shop. Alarmed at the mermaid's growing weakness, Hailey and Claire extract her promise to go back to the sea in exchange for one evening with Raymond. They set up a blind date, dress her in a long blue dress to hide her tail, and take her to the rendezvous in a wheelchair. But the next morning the dying mermaid is in love, and the patio is full of partygoers. Can the girls sneak her past all those eyes to save her life? And will she let them? Young teens will be entranced by the strange dreaminess of this poignant little story about love and loss. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell

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A love-struck mermaid named Aquamarine supplies adventure and insights to two twelve-year-old girls, life-long friends who are spending their last summer together before one of them moves away.

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