And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid – Laura Kirkpatrick (Egmont 2019)
“Honestly, Ades, how are we ever going to infiltrate the popular group when I’m basically one giant fish?” Molly shoved a fistful of crisps into her gob.Sentence from page 11
Cheeky Chip-Shop Mermaids
Laura Kirkpatrick is more widely known as Laura Steven for her YA hits The Exact Opposite of Okay, A Girl Called Shameless and this years The Love Hypothesis (which I am dying to read) but she has also turned her brand of funny, fiercely feminist and gut wrenchingly honest style of writing that sums up all the awkward, messy and hopefulness that it is to be a young girl.
In this story, Molly Seabrook lives in a dilapidated Lighthouse with her mother and 4 sisters in a Northern coastal town. If it weren’t teasing fodder enough that her mum runs the local fish and chip shop, her mum is rather known for taking the odd au natural swim to boot. All Molly dreams of is becoming popular and the fittest boy in school taking notice of her, but when she gets the shock of her life on her 13th Birthday, there’s suddenly far more than boys and bullies to deal with.
Check out my review for more and the sequel Don’t Tell Him I’m a Mermaid is out now!
Have you read this book or do you think you will give it a go?