5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings

Author: Helene Boudreau

Real Mermaids #1

Pages [paperback]: 224

Favorite Characters:
Jade & Luke


Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning…

If she hadn’t been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail?

Most. Embarrassing. Moment. Ever.

Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?

Jade is determined to find out. So how does a plus-size, aqua-phobic mer-girl go about doing that exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend, Cori, and to her crush, Luke?

This summer is about to get a lot more interesting…


I loved this book so much. I read it in a day, not only because it was a short book, but because I couldn’t get enough of it. It was fun, fierce, and fantastic. Yes, I meant to use all of those ‘f’ adjectives.

Jade is such a unique and interesting character, I liked her immediately. She’s a bit on the chubby side, a bit socially awkward, and crushing hard on a guy, though she has no idea what to do about that. I loved how her insecurities were portrayed so beautifully without getting too exaggerated or overly dramatic. Actually, all of the characters stayed true to themselves the entire time.

There was never a dull moment. Even when Jade was avoiding the mermaid issue, she had to struggle through the problems of the average teen. Bullies, friendships, what to think of the guy that keeps bumping into you everywhere. There were some hilarious moments between her and her dad, especially the mall incident, and I found myself laughing out loud. Then there would be a sweet or serious moments that would make the plot even better.

I’d love to gush on and on about everything that was wonderful about Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings, but I’m afraid I’d probably have to mention the entire book, it was that good. Perfect in that pleasantly surprising way, where I thought it would be a silly little book I’d enjoy then promptly forget about. I’m so happy I was wrong. I loved this book, and wanted to dance with joy when I saw that there will be a sequel, but it will take much too long to come out. Despite the anticipation killing me, I give Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings 5/5 stars.


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