Girl at Sea starts off with
Clio being forced to go with her father on vacation since her parents
are divorced. Now, she's stuck with her dad, his best friend, his
research partner, her assistant Aidan, and her daughter Elsa on a boat.
Clio hates it because she's trapped on a boat in the middle of the Mediterranean
when she could be working in an art store back home flirting with her
co-worker Ollie. A lot of things happen in the boat...and a lot of
secrets are revealed.
I found Girl at Sea
okay. It did get a little boring because the setting was mostly on the
boat but I still found the plot to be fun and definitely one-of-a-kind.
I loved all the wacky events that happened to Clio; the jelly fish
stings, thieves trying to steal the boat, and accusing Julia.
thing I noticed was that all the characters were very dynamic and
realistic. I was able to relate to everyone of them and the situation
each of them were in.
Elsa was on the rebound from her old boyfriend. Clio was where she didn't want to be and she was around people she didn't like. Adam wasn't really enjoying being Julia's assistant. Julia was solely focused on her research. And
Clio's dad was still guilty about the boat that hit Clio when she was a
kid. He's still trying to make her more amiable and more appreciative towards him.
As you can see, they are all very realistic. I was able to catch a glimpse of what their life was like through Clio's eyes.
though it was a little bumpy and a little choppy, I enjoyed reading it
all the way to the end. There was just the right mix of adventure,
romance, and mystery. It's a good read and it will leave you wanting
more. B+ :-)
Taken away from her chances of winning over a handsome Southern, Clio is pulled into the world of seasickness and tiny spaces. Her father, ambitious and hopeful (and should I say cute), bought a yacht. The yacht isnt huge but it would get them from here to there, right? What about from Sorrento, Italy to the middle of the sea? Stuck on a yacht (which should be exciting) but with five other people, can be tiring. Especially if there is a statuesque archeologists daughter who Clio envies, a cute research assistant who just might betaken, her fathers best friend who suffers from heart problems, her fathers new girlfriend, and, of course her father. Clio is annoyed already but the real reason is & what are they doing in the middle of the sea?
The first half of this book (pages 166 and earlier) where slow at getting to the point. It was boring to read about the same scenes, setting, characters, and problems. It was really a teenage drama. But when page 167 arrived, I was sucked in. The story behind the main secret (the reason they are on a yacht in the middle of the sea) began to intertwine with Clios personal life. That, itself, is exciting! Author Maureen Johnson is clever in so many ways. She took unoriginal characters (ex. snobbish, hot, etc.) and made their small qualities seem important through humorous dialogue and vivid descriptions of the whole ordeal. If you are patient enough, which means if you can deal with reading the first half of the book, this is a great story to have on your bookshelf.
Personally, I like some of Maureen Johnson's work: particularly 13 Little Blue Envelopes. This one was amusing at best. It's about the story of Clio (pronounced Cleo) that is whisked away on her father's trip (a father that barely visits her after the divorce), a boat full of strangers and the unknown. First there's Jane, her father's girlfriend. And then there's Elsa, the pretty, alluring Elsa who is out to get Aidan, Jane's assistant, the one with the ever sea green eyes.
I felt that Clio was slightly bratty. She acts as if the world owes her something. And maybe it does. But it was nice to know our protagonist wasn't perfection.
Girl At Sea was was great,although some of it wasnt completely believeable.Like the part after Clio gets stung by tons of jelly fish and she has to pull herself up onto the deck of the yatch.For some reason it seemed a little off to me,but otherwise it very well written.Especially the part where those men take over the boat and Clio has to start a fire to distract the men,very clever.
17-year-old Clio Ford wants to make the summer before her senior year her best yet, starting with a job at the local art supply store alongside her longtime crush Ollie. Then her mother delivers the blow: shes going to Kansas on some art grant. Shes taking her boyfriend with her. And Clio is relegated to spending the summer with her father aboard a boat in Italy. Her father, the man who had made her childhood perfect, but through continuous absentmindedness and impulsiveness had almost ruined them.
Things get even worse. Clios shipmates are her dads girlfriend Julia, an intense professor/researcher; Julias daughter Elsa, beautiful and loyal; Martin, Clios dads longtime friend; and Aidans, Julias research assistant with the arrogant attitude. And this motley crew is supposed to live together on a yacht and search for something that nobody has told Clio anything about.
Can this summer, which is shaping up to be the worst one ever, actually end with Clio finding true love, a best friend, and a better relationship with the man who had once deserted her?
Once again Maureen Johnson delivers a winner. Not much really goes on, and all the mystery surrounding the crews mission is a bit overdone, but Johnson creates remarkably vivid characters, flavored with snappy, smart dialogue and off-handed snort-out-loud remarks. Fans of her previous books should love this one just as much.