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Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Girl Out of Water

Girl Out of Water

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman


Girl Out of Water, a story of a summer away from home. For Anise, this not only means being away from her friends but also surfing, her passion.

… not only have I been torn away from home this summer…

Anise is a very difficult character to like. She is very competitive, and for the most part self-indulgent. But these are not nearly as bad as her constant whining which drove me mad!

I’m waiting for something better.

The secondary characters, despite being diverse, were superficial i.e. not sufficiently explored and this lets the book down. As a very character driven story, these paper-doll characters needed more dimension for the reader to relate to them.

This summer took away my surfboard.

2 Star



Title: Girl Out of Water

Author: Laura SilvermanGirl Out of Water

Publication Date: 2 May 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Review copy


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Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word. 

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a free advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my advanced review copy and may not appear in the final version.


  1. Rachel @ Chocolate and Chapters

    Ugh, I know exactly what kind of unlikable character you’re talking about here: competitive and self-indulgent. I recently read a book with a main character who was really selfish in everything she did, although I know that wasn’t the author’s intention. But I disliked the book because I disliked the main character so much… Also, I’ll be honest: I really can’t relate to the angst-over-no-surfing thing… :/

  2. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    Aww… I’m sorry to see this was so disappointing. 🙁 I can definitely see where you’re coming from though. Nonetheless, thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

  3. Olivia @ The Candid Cover

    I haven’t picked this one up yet because I was waiting for some reviews to help me decide. Whiny characters are the absolute worst, and while the concept sounds interesting, this would really turn me off. I hope that you enjoy your next read! 🙂

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