Girl Overboard (S.A.S.S. Series)

Girl Overboard (S.A.S.S. Series)

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by Aimee Ferris
     
 

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Swimsuit: check. Flip-flops: check. scuba gear: check. leaving behind a longtime boyfriend: not so easy. Marina has been waiting her whole life to get out on the open sea. And now that she's studying abroad on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean, her dreams are finally coming true. she loves the feel of the sun on her face, the sand between her toes,

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Swimsuit: check. Flip-flops: check. scuba gear: check. leaving behind a longtime boyfriend: not so easy. Marina has been waiting her whole life to get out on the open sea. And now that she's studying abroad on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean, her dreams are finally coming true. she loves the feel of the sun on her face, the sand between her toes, and the island music swaying over her. And even better, she's getting hands-on marine biology experience swimming alongside dolphins in the Bahamas, sharks in the bay islands, and sea turtles in the Dominican Republic! but while her experiences tell her she's in exactly the right place, her boyfriend wants her home in Vermont. And her distractingly cute Aussie boatmate couldn't disagree more. As the island heat rises, Marina must decide once and for all where her heart is—on land or at sea.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142407998
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/10/2007
Series:
S.A.S.S. Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
386,353
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Under the sea . . .

Marina looked across the broad flat back of the whale shark’s body and gently touched its side. She drew her hand back at the surprising coarse sandpaper texture. It looked so smooth!

The shark must have been five or six feet wide. There were several sharklike remora fish no more than a foot or so long attached to the underside of the whale shark. They slid around but stayed suckered on by their mouths—parasites waiting for a free meal. Rhee was on the other side flailing around and trying to stay upright while fiddling to get water out of her snorkel mask.

Marina ignored her and kicked farther up and over the checked pattern of stripes and spots across the whale shark’s three back ridges to inspect the small eye on the side of its head. She laughed out loud in delight, sending a plume of water shooting out of her snorkel tube. She was underwater. In the Caribbean. Looking into the eye of the biggest fish in the world! She grabbed Link’s passing hand and squeezed it. She just had to share the high of the experience. His mouth grinned around the snorkel mouthpiece, and together they kicked up the length of the shark. Her body was tingling from snorkel tube to fin tip.

Meet the Author

Aimee Ferris spent five sun-soaked years in the Caribbean, where she trained dolphins, swam with whale sharks, transplanted sea turtle eggs, did well over a thousand SCUBA dives . . . and only fell overboard once. She’s hung up her surfshorts to live happily landlocked with her island boy Nakoa, the best thing to ever come out of the Caribbean. Visit her at http://aimee-ferris.livejournal.com or e-mail her at aimeeferris@gmail.com.

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Girl Overboard (S.A.S.S. Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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It seems to Marina like it should be a dream: six weeks on a luxurious ship, experiencing ocean life face to face as she's never been able to before, and the chance to further her goal of becoming a marine biologist. But she can't help worrying that she'll miss her long-time boyfriend, Damon, so much that the trip will become a nightmare. That's the basic premise of GIRL OVERBOARD, a fun, fast read that's easy to enjoy, especially if you share Marina's fascination with the ocean.

Marina is a likable main character, with insecurities and doubts anyone can relate to as she struggles to figure out what she wants out of life. Her heart's in the right place, but she can't help taking a few missteps along the way, which just makes her all the more sympathetic. The other major characters -- flirtatious Link, bubbly Jeanette, thoughtful Ryan -- are colorful and distinctive. They also all prove to have more to them than Marina (and the reader) first suspects.

The novel is most involving when dealing with Marina's oceanic studies. The author bio reveals that Ferris has spent many years in the Caribbean, and her experience shows in the vivid descriptions of the landscapes, animals, and island life, as well as the detailed procedures Marina participates in to try to preserve that environment. The reader feels right there with Marina, whether it's feeding a dolphin for the first time or diving with an enormous whale shark. It's clear why Marina loves this work so much, and anyone can understand why she's considering leaving everything she cares about back home to pursue her dream career.

Where the novel falters a little is in Marina's romantic conflicts. Her realization of the differences between herself and her boyfriend develops gradually and realistically, and her attraction to Link, who shares many of her interests and values, seems only natural. Unfortunately, the problems that arise with both Damon and Link are resolved so easily there is hardly any tension at all -- Marina simply speaks her mind, and everything works out. While it's wonderful to portray honesty as a solution to problems, a few more complications would have made this part of the story more exciting and interesting.

Nevertheless, the focus of the novel is more on the ocean and Marina's adoration for it than on the boys in her life. There, the novel succeeds completely. Whether as a beach read or a read for those who only wish they were down by the sea, it won't fail to entertain.
Sarah-Roberts More than 1 year ago
Yoy should definatley read this book if you need 2 learn about ur self. this book has a moral lesson: you need 2 always express your feelings. i've told all of my insecure friends about it and they have some wut learned from it. Now, they express their feelings
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, Girl Overboard, is an exciting tale about a girl named Marina. She goes on a trip for two months to the Bahamas, Bay Islands, and the Dominican Republic. Marina is trying to make her dream come true. On this trip she will see dolphins, sea turtles, and whale sharks. When Marina leaves home, she is leaving Damon, her long time boyfriend and on this trip she also happens to meet flirtatious Link. So will she dump the boring Damon and take flirtatious Link or go crawling back to Damon. Read this book and you will find out. My favorite part of this book was when Marina finally chose between Damon and Link. I liked learning about the three very different places that they visited. When Link risked his life to save Marina¿s I loved it and thought that it was very romantic. Some parts on the book that I didn¿t like is the end because they left me hanging. I thought that some of the parts that would be dramatic in real life were not as dramatic as they should have been. I very much disliked when the author brought in more minor characters that did not matter because they confused me and I could not tell who the author was talking about. This book had lots of ups and downs but I would still rate it excellent. This book is a part of a series but it can be read in any order. The name of the series is S.A.S.S. which means Students Across the Seven Seas. This book reminds me of Princess Diaries Two: The Royal Engagement when Princess Mea is stuck between two guys and is confused and has to make a tough choice like Marina did. I think that this book is mostly for teenage girls because it is romantic but guys could read it too. This book is also for people that want to be marine biologists or like to learn about countries. This book is similar to a book called Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes. I you like this book then I also recommend the True Colors Series and Spain or Shine. This book was very good and it has a lot of emotional happenings that make you want to keep reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was great..i recommend it to anyone who loves a little romance, and loves sea animals!!! i have always been thinking about studying marine life for a long time and this made me want to do it more!!i loved this book and i hope you do to!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems to Marina like it should be a dream: six weeks on a luxurious ship, experiencing ocean life face to face as she's never been able to before, and the chance to further her goal of becoming a marine biologist. But she can't help worrying that she'll miss her long-time boyfriend, Damon, so much that the trip will become a nightmare. That's the basic premise of GIRL OVERBOARD, a fun, fast read that's easy to enjoy, especially if you share Marina's fascination with the ocean. Marina is a likable main character, with insecurities and doubts anyone can relate to as she struggles to figure out what she wants out of life. Her heart's in the right place, but she can't help taking a few missteps along the way, which just makes her all the more sympathetic. The other major characters -- flirtatious Link, bubbly Jeanette, thoughtful Ryan -- are colorful and distinctive. They also all prove to have more to them than Marina (and the reader) first suspects. The novel is most involving when dealing with Marina's oceanic studies. The author bio reveals that Ferris has spent many years in the Caribbean, and her experience shows in the vivid descriptions of the landscapes, animals, and island life, as well as the detailed procedures Marina participates in to try to preserve that environment. The reader feels right there with Marina, whether it's feeding a dolphin for the first time or diving with an enormous whale shark. It's clear why Marina loves this work so much, and anyone can understand why she's considering leaving everything she cares about back home to pursue her dream career. Where the novel falters a little is in Marina's romantic conflicts. Her realization of the differences between herself and her boyfriend develops gradually and realistically, and her attraction to Link, who shares many of her interests and values, seems only natural. Unfortunately, the problems that arise with both Damon and Link are resolved so easily there is hardly any tension at all -- Marina simply speaks her mind, and everything works out. While it's wonderful to portray honesty as a solution to problems, a few more complications would have made this part of the story more exciting and interesting. Nevertheless, the focus of the novel is more on the ocean and Marina's adoration for it than on the boys in her life. There, the novel succeeds completely. Whether as a beach read or a read for those who only wish they were down by the sea, it won't fail to entertain. **Reviewed by: Lynn Crow