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A Written Rhapsody: The Lifeguard by Deborah Blumenthal

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Lifeguard by Deborah Blumenthal

"It's an unsettled summer for Sirena. Back in Texas, her family's splitting apart, but here in Rhode Island, at the cottage of her aunt, it's a different world. There are long days at the beach and intriguing encounters with Pilot, the lifeguard with shamanic skills. Sirena explores her obsession with Pilot and discovers his mysterious--almost magical--gifts."

This book was definitely way different than I was thinking it would be. Not to say that it was misleading, just different. Right off the bat we're introduced to a plain old teen who moves to Rhode Island to start anew after a family break-up.

Being in a new surrounding she meets Pilot, a quiet lifeguard who rarely speaks. Honestly, I found his character to be annoying. I'm fine with quiet characters; I just didn't understand why he was. Sirena on the other hand is a decently likable character who seemed very laid back. This is kind of the point where I wasn't really into the book. It started off good enough, but just wasn't developed enough for me to really understand where it was going. The story had everything to be interesting, but failed to be developed and had a weird pace.

I think this book was really trying to be deep, but just had to work on a few more things to get to that point. The characters are well thought out, but overall I think this book isn't going to go over well with the majority of its readers.

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