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27 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

I've said it not once, not twice, but three times now.  The Real

I've said it not once, not twice, but three times now.  The Real Mermaids series is a breath of fun, sweet, humorous fun as we follow half-human, half-mer girl Jade through the trials and tribulations of growing up in a world she never envisioned.  This series is full o...
I've said it not once, not twice, but three times now.  The Real Mermaids series is a breath of fun, sweet, humorous fun as we follow half-human, half-mer girl Jade through the trials and tribulations of growing up in a world she never envisioned.  This series is full of so many firsts, and REAL MERMAIDS DON'T NEED HIGH HEELS is no exception. Jade is entering high school for the first time.  She finally has a boyfriend...she thinks.  And she's been reunited with her long-lost mother!  What could go wrong?




Only the fact that Jade is put into the eighth-ninth grade split homeroom. She has to return to the middle school wing every day, while her best friend Cori and now-actual boyfriend Luke get to be in the cooler ninth-tenth grade split.  Instead, she's in a homeroom with burping, smelly, immature boys, the evil Lainey and, surprise, surprise, Serena, who is still adjusting to her own life on two legs.  There's also a fall dance looming where the girls ask the guys, and since Luke is her boyfriend now, that means she's expected to ask him, right?  Even though they haven't been on a real date yet and she doesn't even want to go in the first place?  And as if she needs even more to worry about, a supermoon is coming, and the Mermish Council wants to invoke Tidal Law to recall all land-walking merfolk to the sea to quell rumors that webbed one (landwalkers) exist and stop a revolution before it can begin.  Jade's only just gotten her mother back.  There's no way she's losing her again!




Hélène Boudreau continues to balance the awkward pains of growing up for a girl split between two worlds, tying the two together in a fun, fresh way.  Comparing this series to Liz Kessler's Emily Windsnap series (I've previously reviewed one of the books and interviewed Kessler), I love the lore and mythology better in Emily Windsnap, but I adore the humor/tone and extra level of maturity in Real Mermaids more.  Both are great series, albeit for slightly different age demographics despite the fact that two half-mer girls are roughly the same age.  Boudreau creates unique mermaid lore in RMDNHH in a way she hasn't in previous books, pairing a mer-revolution with the coming of a supermoon.  Merfolk can't escape the calling of Tidal Law, and it's intriguing to see the unique ways the webbed ones are being effected as they attempt to resist the call.  The way the supermoon's appearances changes everyone emotionally despite the fact that they prep a special room to hide out in reminds me of a fun TV series I started watching last summer, H2O: Just Add Water. The girls constantly had to have sleepovers and find new ways to hide from the moon because if they caught its reflection, they instantly changed.  At the same time, the situation is wholly different; it's just a fun comparison in my brain.




Readers will have no problem picking up this book in the series--or even starting with it--because again, Boudreau does an adequate job summing up the past, albeit with fewer details now.  There are also more characters and motivations to balance now, so it's still a good idea to read the prior books first, though you don't necessarily have to.  I still recommend this series for tweens and up, especially now that Jade and her friends have entered high school.  The series is still done with a light touch, so the amount of romance is perfect, with none of the drama found in more mature titles.

posted by Bonnie_W on March 2, 2013

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2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Flower

Should I read it? Is it full of romance,comedy,or mystery? Would I like it ? Is it scary or full of laughter?

posted by 17050864 on April 15, 2013

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

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    I've said it not once, not twice, but three times now.  The Real

    I've said it not once, not twice, but three times now.  The Real Mermaids series is a breath of fun, sweet, humorous fun as we follow half-human, half-mer girl Jade through the trials and tribulations of growing up in a world she never envisioned.  This series is full of so many firsts, and REAL MERMAIDS DON'T NEED HIGH HEELS is no exception. Jade is entering high school for the first time.  She finally has a boyfriend...she thinks.  And she's been reunited with her long-lost mother!  What could go wrong?




    Only the fact that Jade is put into the eighth-ninth grade split homeroom. She has to return to the middle school wing every day, while her best friend Cori and now-actual boyfriend Luke get to be in the cooler ninth-tenth grade split.  Instead, she's in a homeroom with burping, smelly, immature boys, the evil Lainey and, surprise, surprise, Serena, who is still adjusting to her own life on two legs.  There's also a fall dance looming where the girls ask the guys, and since Luke is her boyfriend now, that means she's expected to ask him, right?  Even though they haven't been on a real date yet and she doesn't even want to go in the first place?  And as if she needs even more to worry about, a supermoon is coming, and the Mermish Council wants to invoke Tidal Law to recall all land-walking merfolk to the sea to quell rumors that webbed one (landwalkers) exist and stop a revolution before it can begin.  Jade's only just gotten her mother back.  There's no way she's losing her again!




    Hélène Boudreau continues to balance the awkward pains of growing up for a girl split between two worlds, tying the two together in a fun, fresh way.  Comparing this series to Liz Kessler's Emily Windsnap series (I've previously reviewed one of the books and interviewed Kessler), I love the lore and mythology better in Emily Windsnap, but I adore the humor/tone and extra level of maturity in Real Mermaids more.  Both are great series, albeit for slightly different age demographics despite the fact that two half-mer girls are roughly the same age.  Boudreau creates unique mermaid lore in RMDNHH in a way she hasn't in previous books, pairing a mer-revolution with the coming of a supermoon.  Merfolk can't escape the calling of Tidal Law, and it's intriguing to see the unique ways the webbed ones are being effected as they attempt to resist the call.  The way the supermoon's appearances changes everyone emotionally despite the fact that they prep a special room to hide out in reminds me of a fun TV series I started watching last summer, H2O: Just Add Water. The girls constantly had to have sleepovers and find new ways to hide from the moon because if they caught its reflection, they instantly changed.  At the same time, the situation is wholly different; it's just a fun comparison in my brain.




    Readers will have no problem picking up this book in the series--or even starting with it--because again, Boudreau does an adequate job summing up the past, albeit with fewer details now.  There are also more characters and motivations to balance now, so it's still a good idea to read the prior books first, though you don't necessarily have to.  I still recommend this series for tweens and up, especially now that Jade and her friends have entered high school.  The series is still done with a light touch, so the amount of romance is perfect, with none of the drama found in more mature titles.

    27 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Great book

    It is a really good book so much emotion and alot of feelings and obstacles to overcome .

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    It is okay

    This book is pretty good.But i wish Jade wasn't plus size

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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