Aquamarine is a coming of age, magical tale about two 12 year old best friends about to be parted at the summers end. Claire and Hailey have lived next door one another all their lives. Claires family is about to move away to
Despite the girls fear of change, the clock is ticking and summer is rapidly coming to an end. Then one morning, after a particularly harsh storm, they find a mermaid named Aquamarine in the bottom of the Capri Beach Clubs pool . She is grouchy from being trapped in the pool, but refuses to leave after laying eyes on Raymond, the handsome boy working the food stand. The girls concoct a scheme to give Aquamarine one magical evening with Raymond (while still keeping her true identity a secret) before they safely return her to the sea.
This is a quick, sweet story and delightful read. The reader will fall in love with the Hailey and Claires friendship bond. Anyone who has lost a best friend as a child will identify with their heartache and smile at their attempts to assist Aquamarine. Its a short novel, geared toward younger teens but still can be enjoyed by adults. I enjoyed the underlying theme of adolescence being a magical time where friendships are true and bonds unbreakable. Aquamarines haughtiness and rebellion against her father added a comic twist to the story as well.