Girl out of Water

Girl out of Water

by Laura Silverman


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Fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen will fall in love this contemporary debut about finding yourself-and finding love-in unexpected places.

Ocean breeze in her hair and sand between her toes, Anise can't wait to spend the summer before her senior year surfing and hanging out on the beach with friends. Santa Cruz is more than her home-it's her heart. But when her aunt, a single mother, is in a serious car accident, Anise must say goodbye to California to help care for her three young cousins.

Landlocked Nebraska is the last place Anise wants to be. Sure, she loves her family, but it's hard to put her past behind her when she's living in the childhood house of the mother who abandoned her. And with every Instagram post, her friends back home feel further away.

Then she meets Lincoln, a charismatic, one-armed skater who challenges her to swap her surfboard for a skateboard. Because sometimes the only way to find your footing is to let go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492646860
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 273,589
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

LAURA SILVERMAN earned her MFA in Writing for Children at the New School, and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Girl out of Wateris her first novel. You can follow her on Twitter at @LJSilverman1.

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Girl out of Water 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
theyareader More than 1 year ago
Do you ever just stare at a blank document for a long time because you have no idea how you're going to explain how much you love a book? Love is inexplicable. I wanted to personally thank Laura for sending me an ARC of this book after being declined on Netgalley, you wouldn't believe how much this act of kindness meant to me, thank you Laura ❤ GIRL OUT OF WATER follows the story of Anise Sawyer, a surfer girl who dreams about the perfect summer in sun-filled Santa Cruz surronded by her closest friends and a flirty boy. We can never predict the future and after her aunt being on a serious car wreck, she has to move to Nebraska to help her family. FAMILY. If you're looking for a YA book filled with all the family dynamics, this is for you. Anise quicky builds a strong relationship with her relatives and it's absolutely beautifal to see this connection blossom like a beautifal flower. It shows that even the disfunctional families can share happy moments together. BOYS. Lincoln is disabled skater who just shows that marginalized characters don't need to be turned into plot devices to be absolutely wonderful & complex. He supports all the way through in her transition from surfing to skating and it really shows how much trust you have to put in the other person to be able to be taught. SURF. This story really hit home for me because I was previously a surfer and had to quit classes because I am taking my driving lessons and 1 month away from graduating high school. Everytime Anise talked about how much she missed surfing I completely understood the feeling. (I plan to start surfing again this upcoming winter because it is indeed my favorite sport). Overall, this is definitely the book you want to be reading next and trust me it will not dissapoint you. It's simultaneously heart-warming and soul-destroying, do you want a better combo? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
18876111 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it is a strong debut and the perfect summer read. the title of the book matches what is on the inside, a beautifully written story about a girl named Anise who spends the majority of her time hanging out with friends and surfing in the waters of Santa Cruz. Anise and her father move to Nebraska for the majority of the summer to help care for her cousins after their mother was in horrible car accident. There are strong themes of family friendship and growing up. Anise tries new things, makes new friends and really does grow up in Nebraska. The characters are diverse, and I can't wait to see what Laura Silverman comes up with next.
Plum_Report More than 1 year ago
I would recommend to anyone who enjoys YA Summer Romances and YA Life Lessons...oh and anyone who enjoys surfing or skateboarding! Leaving home may not be easy for everyone, but it's absolute torture for Anise. So when her Aunt, a single parent living in Nebraska, ends up in a severe car accident and needs help taking care of her three kids, Anise and her dad fly out from their home in California to help for the summer. Anise understands why she has to leave, but it's still hard to leave her friends and her passion, surfing, behind. The summer brings new friends and experiences along with growth and understanding about things Anise didn't quite understand before.
shantaH More than 1 year ago
Anise has her summer all planned out hanging with friends and surfing when her aunt gets into an accident. Her perfect summer is ruined and she must travel with her father to Nebraska to help with her aunt's recovery and take care of her three younger cousins. For someone who hates changes and loves the beach this is torture for her. As time goes on she meets new people and discovers that sometimes change can be good. This book is an amazing coming of age story about stepping out of your comfort zone and not being afraid to live life. This book is a must read if you love contemporary. I enjoyed the characters and the diversity. I really enjoyed Lincoln's character and find him to be so well written. I have definitely found my new book boyfriend.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
3.5 crowns - I'm still in debate whether I'm rounding up or keeping it at the 3 crowns. Maybe if I stare really hard at the rating on Goodreads, it will look like 3.5. I feel like the first 75% of the book was such a solid four crowns, but I found the last 25% to drag which honestly knocked down that half a crown for me. Other than that, the pacing was super super good. I just found myself not being enthralled with that road trip and I started skimming through some parts. However, the rest of the book was pretty great. Anise was such a wonderful MC. I GOT her. I felt for her. In her situation, I feel like a lot of YA MCs just pout and throw a tantrum, but Anise always realized that the situation she was in was what was best for her family. She was so dedicated to her family that it was endearing and heartfelt. It wasn't all sunshines and rainbows, but I honestly felt like she was me and I was her - except without all the physical activity excitement that Anise loves. She had PASSIONS, she had a BACKSTORY, she had GREATNESS. I absolutely loved her voice. Can we just discuss how much I LOVED the family in this novel? It felt so reallllllllllllll. We always talk about the lack of family in YA, and this book showcased it at its finest. I loved Anise's little cousins and her aunt and her dad and just the dynamics that all worked together. I was loving everything about it. As for the rest of the characters? I thought the supporting cast that wasn't family was okay. Silverman does give a pretty diverse supporting cast which was fantastic. However, to be honest, I never really got a real hold on Lincoln. I felt like a lot of his character development was surface level, and I never got to dive deep into the water with him (OMG, I'm making surf metaphors now - this is my life now that I proclaimed I am Anise). I just wanted more from him than what I got. I still liked him, though, and his romance with Anise was quite cute. The plot was...I'm not entirely sure there was a real plot, plot. In fact, I tried to explain what was going on in the book to my co-blogger, Sha, and I literally couldn't even describe. However, I didn't mind it for the most part. This is one of those good coming of age stories that takes you more on an emotional journey with deep characterization and fun contemporary moments. It didn't need a huge overreaching plot. The good writing let it have its course while still being captivating. However, sometimes the lack of a big, action plot led it to dwindle and get a bit boring at parts. Speaking of writing, Silverman is fantastic! This being her debut novel says so much. She has an easy breezy flow that had me flipping pages so fast. I definitely will be picking up future books from her! She also managed to capture both California and Nebraska wonderfullyyyyyyyyyy, and I honestly felt I was there in both moments. Overall, this was a fun, easy read. I absolutely loved the writing, the main character, and the settings were so well done. I loved how much the family was incorporated in this one. However, I did have a few issues with the lack of a deeper supporting cast and some boredom throughout the book but especially in the last 25%. It was still a great contemporary read, and I really enjoyed it for the most part. I definitely recommend for anyone wanting some great summer vibes. 3.5 crowns and a Jasmine rating!
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
I really need to stop reading books that just aren't my thing. Girl Out of Water happens to be one of those books. I've been hearing so many wonderful things about it that, even though I RARELY like contemporary YA's, I thought I'd give it a go.  For the most part, this is a pretty quick read. I did find myself skimming at times waiting for something new to happen but, again, that comes from reading a genre outside my usual choices.  Anise was an alright protagonist. She's definitely a teenager and acts like it, so kudos to Silverman for a good portrayal that I think teens would really relate to. At times she was a bit annoying, with the way she treated those around her and some of the things she said, but overall an enjoyable character. More of a side note but I have no interest in surfing, live nowhere near places that people would surf, and all that, so that part of this book's world was a bit distant for me. Well-written, but distant.  I thought that the relationships between Anise and her family members were brought to light throughout this story and gave it that bit of substance I like to see in books. This was light read but I wouldn't call it a fluff summer book. There's more to it. But ultimately this just wasn't a good book for me. I gave it a try and definitely see a bright future ahead for this author but likely won't be reading more of her work in the contemporary genre as it's not my thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely, sweet coming of age story with great characters and a pitch-perfect voice. Anise felt absolutely real to me and I loved watching her grow up over her first summer away from home.
hermitlibrarian More than 1 year ago
I was sad for Anise because her whole summer was planned out. She was a good student, ready to enjoy her vacation before a jam-packed senior year and before her recently graduated friends leave for college. When an accident puts her aunt on the sidelines and unable to care for her three children for weeks at a time, Anise and her father fly to Nebraska, leaving behind any plans Anise had, including her end-of-the-summer surfing bash. Her aunt is the closest family member Anise has besides her father, considering her mother abandons her family for months or years at a time. Even though this is her mother's sister, Anise is loyal to her aunt and helps out, watching her cousins as best she can while dealing with her own hard feelings about missing her friends and with the fact that she's as far from home as she's ever been. Nebraska is vastly different from Santa Cruz, California. A landlocked state full of hills and farmland, there's no ocean in sight, but there is skateboarding...and Lincoln, the boy who could make things better. I loved reading this book, aside from the initial sadness of Anise being taken away from her planned summer and her home due to her aunt's injury. While we don't get to spend as much time with surfing as Anise would like, you could feel her love for it in the brief glimpses we got and once skateboarding was introduced. I've never done either sport, but I've watched them and they're beautiful, in a way. There's a danger element (drowning/breaking bones on cement), of course, but the adrenaline, the speed, the lines as the sportsperson flies along the water or ground, there's magic in that. It wasn't just the main characters Anise and Lincoln that made this book fun, though. While like the surfing we don't get to see or hear as much of her as I'd like, Anise's friend Tess was a joy for the brief time I knew her on the page. She was evidently someone that loved Anise and was crushed that she wouldn't be around to share things with over a crucial summer. Laura Silverman's debut novel gives me a good feeling that her future work will be just as good. Her writing style in this contemporary novel was suitable to the genre and was really easy to sink into and read almost straight through. Sometimes a contemporary novel can be difficult because real life is not always something I want to read about; usually I read to get away from that kind of thing. Whether her next book is a contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction, or otherwise, I'm sure I'll be picking up the next Silverman work, no question. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
thought this novel was fantastic! It’s a coming of age story of Anise who is juggling the love of her family and the love for her friends. She’s also confused about her own mother and the influence she’s made in their lives. I liked the novel as it is not overly heavy in the romance or the drama department and the novel made me laugh and smile repeatedly. Anise is a surfer and a darn good one at that. Living at a beach house with her father, many of her friends will be leaving after this summer to pursue life after high school. Anise and her childhood friends are looking forward to spending every minute this summer together including the end of the summer, Surf Break Party. As she enters the house one evening, her dad crushes her plans. An accident has left her aunt immobile and she needs assistant. With no one to care for her three children, her dad has volunteered for them to spend the summer with them in Nebraska. No surfing, no friends and definitely no Eric, just when they had their first kiss. Anise is torn between her love of family and her friends, the ones that she feels she so desperately needs. Every day her friends will be together without her, doing the things that she loves, making memories without her, it just will not be fair. I could feel the pain and the heartache that Anise was feeling, some of her friends would be gone before she returns back home and others would be relishing in the stories that occurred while she was in Nebraska. Stories without her in them. Landing in Nebraska, she is torn between loving her family that is awaiting her and hating the situation that she is now placed in. It’s Nebraska, its hot and humid and the scenery is nothing like what she is used to. The children are antsy, they’re nervous about their mother and its summer and they want to do something. Anise is in charge of the children now, her father is working a temp job, and her aunt in the hospital still. Anise is worried about her mother, her mother the-revolving-door, will this summer be the time when the door opens and she shows up or will door continue to be shut? It’s all so confusing and being in this house is even more confusing. Taking the children to the park to get them out of the house, the story becomes richer and extensive as more characters walk into their lives and numerous events transpire. I liked that Anise is not just thinking of herself but she is thinking of others in this novel. She is committed to her family and knows that they need her but she is also worried about missing out with her friends over the summer. She is torn but she cannot be in both places. She also is concerned about her mother, the impact that she has made on them and how she has affected Anise as a person. I liked the relationships within this novel. The relationships with family, with friends and with the males in her life. I really enjoyed this novel and I highly recommend it. I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the story of an unexpected love told from the point of view of a teenager was charming and cute, my favorite part of the story was the reunion of Anise and her best friend Tess. Their relationship was so realistic and reflective of mine with my best friend that I smiled throughout the entire ending. I loved this story of resilient friendships and adventure!
TuginSF More than 1 year ago
From the opening scene to closing chapter, I could not put Girl Out of Water down! The author totally puts the reader into Anise's mind and paints a wonderful narrative through her eyes. Loved how the plot always leads you in an unexpected direction. Great debut novel from a incredibly talented author!
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars This is the book you need for summer. It’s so absolutely perfect for a summer read. It’s got a really cute love interest and some great self-discovery as well. This book made me want to got to the beach SO BAD. I’m telling you, grab this book for the summer and you won’t be disappointed. Things I Liked : -I really loved the writing. It felt very fluid and natural. There was a rhythmic and almost poetic quality to it that drew me in without feeling like rambling fluff. -There was great diversity in this book. We have multiple non-white characters, a lesbian couple, an adoptive interracial family, a disabled character. The inclusion of these character felt completely natural. The character’s were real people and their identities did not revolve around their diversity status. -Lincoln Puk is such a vibrant and commanding presence. He is an incredible charming and charismatic person with such a positive disposition. His happiness is infectious and it was so easy to connect with him. I loved that he openly talked about his disability with Anise and didn’t shy away from her questions. I loved that he was so confident. Everything about his was great and you will love him. -There is such a great sense of family in this book. Obviously Anise goes to Nebraska to help care for her Aunt and cousins, but the family relationships were all so real. I loved Anise spending time with her little cousins and filling that caretaker role. I LOVED everything about Anise and her dad’s relationship because it was so open and supportive and he is everything a parent should be. In contrast, Anise has to deal with her absent mom and deal with very conflicting feelings. I thought all of the family love and struggles were so relatable. -The skating community was awesome as well. It was so uplifting and encouraging. Even when Anise thought she failed, they supported her and continually helped her improve. Things I Didn’t Like : -It took way too long to figure out what the deal was between Emery and her friends that by the time we finally figures out what had happened, I did not care at all. There was too much build up and back-and-forth is she going to tell or is she not that I was over it when we actually got the resolution. -Anise completely withdrawing from her friends and putting no effort to keep in contact or return calls or texts was a little bit frustrating. I know she missed her friends and was sad to see them having a good time while she wasn’t there, but I felt like she made absolutely zero effort to keep in touch or talk to her friends at all. For such a close-knit group it was a bit weird. I also didn’t like how she decided to wait to apologize in person instead of actually starting to talk to her friends again. This is the summer book you need in your life. You will smile, you will laugh, you will wish you could skate or surf. It was so easy to become enveloped in this world and fall in love with these characters. Highly recommend for fans of all YA contemporary! I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
onemused More than 1 year ago
“Girl out of Water” is a well-written, summery YA book about personal growth and the ways we define ourselves. Anise has always lived next to the ocean and has no desire to ever leave- part of this feeling might be due to the fact that her mother has consistently ghosted on her for her entire life, showing up for days or weeks at a time and leaving without a word. This summer, Anise is planning to surf, spend time with her friends, prep for her senior year of high school, maybe hook-up with her BFF who she has developed a crush on, and generally enjoy the beach/home. A wrench is thrown into her plans when her aunt, her mother’s sister, is in a serious car accident. Her father and she are the only family her aunt has and with three children at home, she needs their help. Forced to travel to Nebraska, far away from the ocean, to help her cousins and aunt while her aunt recovers, Anise is forced to grow up fast. She begins the book as an immature teenager, resisting every step along the way, but grows into a more mature person who cares about her family and realizes she and her father are doing the right thing. Watching her three young cousins is not as easy as she would have thought, and going to the park, where the twins skateboard and the older preteen Emery likes to hang out with her friends, is definitely becoming the best option. Add to that the cute guy, Lincoln, who hangs out at the skatepark with his brother, and the summer may not be looking so bleak. Lincoln engages a reluctant Anise through bets and dares, and she warms up to skateboarding and him slowly. As the novel progresses, we see a lot of growth for Anise, as she takes a careful look at her life, values, and actions. I wouldn’t say she has everything figured out by the end, but she does grow a lot as a person. Her life really seems to revolve around the fact that her mother leaves her constantly, and she needs to learn to appreciate the people she does have (like her awesome father). I found Anise really immature and a little annoying at first, but I did warm up to her over time. Lincoln was an amazing and mature character, and I really enjoyed reading about him/hearing his perspectives. Overall, it was a really enjoyable and light, summery read including learning new things, appreciating family, and young love. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.