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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

After pg. 167, I loved it!

Taken away from her chances of winning over a handsome Southern, Clio is pulled into the world of seasickness and tiny spaces. Her father, ambitious and hopeful (and should I say cute), bought a yacht. The yacht isn't huge but it would get them from here to there, right...
Taken away from her chances of winning over a handsome Southern, Clio is pulled into the world of seasickness and tiny spaces. Her father, ambitious and hopeful (and should I say cute), bought a yacht. The yacht isn't huge but it would get them from here to there, right? What about from Sorrento, Italy to the middle of the sea? Stuck on a yacht (which should be exciting) but with five other people, can be tiring. Especially if there is a statuesque archeologist's daughter who Clio envies, a cute research assistant who just might be taken, her father's best friend who suffers from heart problems, her father's new girlfriend, and, of course her father. Clio is annoyed already but the real reason is . what are they doing in the middle of the sea?

The first half of this book (pages 166 and earlier) where slow at getting to the point. It was boring to read about the same scenes, setting, characters, and problems. It was really a teenage drama. But when page 167 arrived, I was sucked in. The story behind the main secret (the reason they are on a yacht in the middle of the sea) began to intertwine with Clio's personal life. That, itself, is exciting! Author Maureen Johnson is clever in so many ways. She took unoriginal characters (ex. snobbish, hot, etc.) and made their small qualities seem important through humorous dialogue and vivid descriptions of the whole ordeal. If you are patient enough, which means if you can deal with reading the first half of the book, this is a great story to have on your bookshelf.

posted by GirlwiththeBraids on April 17, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Very Enjoyable

While I have loved all of Maureen Johnson's other books this one was still entertaining, but not as "Ohmigawd, have to get it" kinda books. I loved the character Clio though. She has a snarky voice and a very colorful tattoo (thanks to her off the wall father) and a t...
While I have loved all of Maureen Johnson's other books this one was still entertaining, but not as "Ohmigawd, have to get it" kinda books. I loved the character Clio though. She has a snarky voice and a very colorful tattoo (thanks to her off the wall father) and a true sense of adventure. The first half of the book is slow to get through, but once the pieces start to come together, it really is a good book. There is more than just adventure, there is some romance as well, first with Ollie and later with Aidan, but the romance with Aidan is the only one that has any real substance. The secondary characters are really well formed and they hold the story together, but they dont speed things along either.
Its great for a summer fun read, or even a Fall read to make you wish you had this location for your summer vacation.

posted by DanceBree17 on September 22, 2012

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

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    Very Enjoyable

    While I have loved all of Maureen Johnson's other books this one was still entertaining, but not as "Ohmigawd, have to get it" kinda books. I loved the character Clio though. She has a snarky voice and a very colorful tattoo (thanks to her off the wall father) and a true sense of adventure. The first half of the book is slow to get through, but once the pieces start to come together, it really is a good book. There is more than just adventure, there is some romance as well, first with Ollie and later with Aidan, but the romance with Aidan is the only one that has any real substance. The secondary characters are really well formed and they hold the story together, but they dont speed things along either.
    Its great for a summer fun read, or even a Fall read to make you wish you had this location for your summer vacation.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

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    Girl at Sea

    Girl at Sea is defiantly.something.
    While the story line was sort of boring, I did enjoy Clio's snarky voice. I have read previous books by Maureen Johnson, and while they were cool and funny, this one seemed to lack that spark that draws me into books.
    Don't get me wrong, like I said, I enjoyed Girl at Sea, but I wont be rereading it anytime soon. So, if you like stories where the characters are stuck on a yacht in the middle-of-nowhere, you will love this!
    But, if like me, you're more into the 'backpacking-around-Europe' thing, then I suggest you pick up Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    not what I expected

    I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. i will admit it took me a while to get into it since the plot took forever but once the ball started rolling i could hardly put it down. At first i didn't like clio's character. i thought she was a spoiled brat who complained all the time but as i read more i found out that her character is much deeper than that. she has a lot of issues with her father that she never really got over. the relationships were fun to read about and it was quite funny at times. The only thing i didn't like about this book is how everything seemed to be put into the end randomly. for instance aiden and clio. and all of the action with the boat and stone. I still liked these things, so they are minor things to worry about. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    OK Book.

    I wasn't to amazed with this book. It was good. And I finished it in about a week.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    Stay Home or Go?

    This book, Girl at Sea, is about a girl who gets to go to Italy with her dad on a boat. She really doesn¿t want to go. Her parents are divorced, so she would rather spend her time with her mom. It turns out that her mom is going to Kansas for a business trip. Clio doesn¿t like her dad much, ever since he left the family. That¿s one reason why she doesn¿t want to go. Another reason is because she just got a job at an art store with Ollie, the guy Clio likes. While they¿re on a boat, Clio meets her dad¿s girlfriend, Julia, her daughter Elsa, and Aidan, a guy who works for Julia. Julia is on a mission to find something, but is keeping top secret. While Julia, Clio¿s dad, and Aidan are working, Elsa is trying to win Aidan¿s heart. The only problem is that he is falling in love with someone else. There are many good things and bad things about the Girl at Sea. One bad thing is it didn¿t get interesting until about the fourth chapter. Even then, it didn¿t hold my attention. That was really the only bad thing about this book. Some good is you find out what Julia is looking for. That was very interesting. You will also find out who Aidan falls for. That was what grabbed my attention the most. This book is not part of a series, but the author, Maureen Johnson, has also written 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I plan on reading that book as well. I think people from twelve to fourteen would enjoy this book because it is about romance.

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