Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: hardcover from Ruby @ Ruby’s Reads
Read: 12/20/2012 — 12/21/2012
In Six Words: Wanna start calling someone ‘haircut’ now.
Sometimes you have to get lost . . .
The Girl: Clio Ford, seventeen, wants to spend the summer smooching her art-store crush, not stuck on a boat in the Mediterranean. At least she’ll get a killer tan.
The Mission: Survive her father’s crazy antics. Oh, and also find some missing underwater treasure that could unlock the secrets of civilization.
The Crew: Dad’s wacky best friend Martin, his bizarre research partner Julia, her voluptuous daughter Elsa . . . and then there’s Aidan, Julia’s incredibly attractive, incredibly arrogant assistant.
What’s going on behind Aidan’s intellectual, intensely green eyes, anyway?
As Clio sails into uncharted territory she unveils secrets that have the power to change history. But her most surprising discovery is that there’s something deeper and more cryptic than the sea-her own heart.
. . . to find what you’re looking for
Why I Started Reading This Book and Final Verdict
I seriously, hardcore love following Maureen on Twitter. This is probably the main reason why I picked up her books to begin with. Last year, I read The Name of the Star and liked it enough to want to try some of her other books. Girl at Sea was my choice. It was fun and lighthearted, which is exactly what I needed at the time. I will definitely be seeking out more Maureen Johnson books.
Oh, man. When the main character nicknamed someone else “haircut,” I knew I was in for a good time. There is a lot about this book that reminds me of following Maureen on Twitter. (Which I love, by the way. She’s amazing and I want to be like her when I grow up.) It makes me wonder if that colors my perception of this book–would I feel the same way about the quirkiness of this book if I didn’t follow Maureen?
Girl at Sea is a pretty standard contemporary. Nothing groundbreaking, but just good fun. It’s more of a feel good book, I think. One you can curl up with and read and not feel dragged down by any overwhelming emotion. Sometimes you need that. (And I did.) I liked some of the underlying messages here and I even liked the love triangle. YES, I JUST SAID THAT. So what? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
Clio (along with the other characters) were fun. I liked the introduction of the past letters here. Though–now that I think about it–there could have been even more, and I wouldn’t have minded. But it was tied in nicely, and I liked that. (But I like the inclusion of history in general, so there’s that.) I don’t think that Girl at Sea ever provides a really in-depth character study, but it doesn’t matter: this book is just plain fun with a side of quirk. I needed something lighthearted, and Girl at Sea hit the spot.