Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Girl Out of Water

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and...

Title:Girl Out of Water
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ISBN:1492646865
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:350 pages

Girl Out of Water Reviews

  • Bonnie
    Mar 31, 2016

    Disclaimer: I am the authors mother. Even so I promised Laura I'd come at this with an objective viewpoint. About one year ago I read only the first three chapters and have been waiting with baited breath for the rest of the book. Yesterday I finally got to read Girl Out of Water start to finish! Throughout the book I looked forward to seeing what would happen next. It's one of those books that's just a good story. You will feel a host of emotions during your read. I'd recommend this book to you

    Disclaimer: I am the authors mother. Even so I promised Laura I'd come at this with an objective viewpoint. About one year ago I read only the first three chapters and have been waiting with baited breath for the rest of the book. Yesterday I finally got to read Girl Out of Water start to finish! Throughout the book I looked forward to seeing what would happen next. It's one of those books that's just a good story. You will feel a host of emotions during your read. I'd recommend this book to young teens as well as an adult audience. Why, because Anise (main character) is someone that anyone can relate to whether the reader is her age or the reader is taking a trip back in time. It's written in a way that Anise's struggles will resonate with many readers in her summer journey to find out why she feels the way she feels, how she relates to relationships and what truly motivates her choices, fears securities and insecurities. In my unbiased opinion, well done Laura! PS I had to mention that I absolutely fell in love with Lincoln's character as well. Wish I was his mom!

  • Kayla
    Apr 06, 2016

    **Thank you to the author for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review.**

    I don't think I've ever read a more perfect coming of age novel. You would never expect that GIRL OUT OF WATER is Laura Silverman's debut novel because it's as well-crafted and artfully developed as a seasoned author's best work. Her witty and diverse characters, punchy dialogue, and stimulating plot are comparable to those of Nicola Yoon's

    --another debut and one of my favorite

    **Thank you to the author for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review.**

    I don't think I've ever read a more perfect coming of age novel. You would never expect that GIRL OUT OF WATER is Laura Silverman's debut novel because it's as well-crafted and artfully developed as a seasoned author's best work. Her witty and diverse characters, punchy dialogue, and stimulating plot are comparable to those of Nicola Yoon's

    --another debut and one of my favorite books of 2015.

    Anise Sawyer lives a life of sand and surf on the Santa Cruz coast. It's the last summer that

    of her friends will be together before they head off to colleges or boot camp and leave Anise behind for her last year of high school. Anise's pull to the ocean is stronger than that of the moon on the tides. Nothing could stop her from spending every waking moment in the waves with her friends, especially her best friend, Eric, whose glistening abs and broad shoulders are suddenly much more attractive than she remembers. The summer is sure to heat up to be the best yet, until Anise's dad drops the devastating news: Anise's aunt was in a terrible car accident and will be recovering in the hospital for many weeks, leaving the "disastrous duo" (nine-year old twin boys) and an emotional preteen in need of supervision for the summer--the whole summer. With nothing to do in landlocked Nebraska and three restless kids to entertain, Anise finds an athletic outlet in the local skate park where her cousins, and a charming, one-armed hunk (with abs even more defined than Eric's), skate circles around her. Nothing can replace her love of Santa Cruz, but it's getting hazier in her memory as Nebraska offers familial bonds, new friendships, and more adventures than anticipated.

    Unlike many YA novels, GIRL OUT OF WATER offers more than just a comment on young love and relationships--it deals with real issues like loss, abandonment, adversity, and change. It's relatable and truthful, and I have no doubts that this will top the bestseller lists. I can't wait for this to publish and to see what else Silverman creates.

    Five glowing stars!

  • Jay Coles
    Jul 21, 2016

    GIRL OUT OF WATER is a gem of a debut novel, unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s a funny, adorable, nerdy, original, and deeply moving coming-of-age story about a surfer girl named Anise who is a very flawed protagonist who has to leave everything behind, including her friends that are about to go off into their separate paths and want so desperately to spend their last summer with her. Anise is forced to pack up her bags and move to Nebraska to take care of her aunt, who’s recently got in a ca

    GIRL OUT OF WATER is a gem of a debut novel, unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s a funny, adorable, nerdy, original, and deeply moving coming-of-age story about a surfer girl named Anise who is a very flawed protagonist who has to leave everything behind, including her friends that are about to go off into their separate paths and want so desperately to spend their last summer with her. Anise is forced to pack up her bags and move to Nebraska to take care of her aunt, who’s recently got in a car accident and broke both her legs. Anise is faced with challenges of self-discovery, identity, and dealing with two—arguably THREE— bratty cousins. This book feels as fresh as the calm waves mentioned throughout. The plot is well-paced, Silverman's writing is superbly clever, and should appeal to fans of Nicola Yoon, Rainbow Rowell and Robyn Schneider.

    It’s a book about real issues: loss, staying true to yourself, family crises, abandonment, change, identity, flawed relationships, and so much more. From start to finish, it is a book that demands to be read in one sitting—it’s so good. Personally, I could not put it down, and I will forever carry Anise and all her friends and family members with me forever. They are so real, their personalities and feelings are so raw, and are all-together worth remembering. Still can’t stop thinking about the ending of this deeply satisfying book.

    So humbled and honored to have been able to read an early version, cannot wait for everyone else to meet Anise, Eric, Lincoln, Tess, Emery, and the others! :)

    (Side note: This book also has my favorite kissing scene!)

  • S
    Sep 16, 2016

    Laura Silverman is an incredible woman and fantastic author. At the moment, actual *literal* nazis are targeting her and spamming her reviews with *literal* nazi propaganda. Trust me when I say this woman is a force to be reckoned with and does not deserve this deplorable treatment. I have not yet read her book, but when it comes out I am buying a copy for me and all of my friends, because she is THAT good.

    Please don't let the disgusting nature of the people attacking her sway you. They are tra

    Laura Silverman is an incredible woman and fantastic author. At the moment, actual *literal* nazis are targeting her and spamming her reviews with *literal* nazi propaganda. Trust me when I say this woman is a force to be reckoned with and does not deserve this deplorable treatment. I have not yet read her book, but when it comes out I am buying a copy for me and all of my friends, because she is THAT good.

    Please don't let the disgusting nature of the people attacking her sway you. They are trash, and she is absolutely wonderful.

  • Serith
    Sep 16, 2016
  • Victoria Schwab
    Sep 16, 2016

    I haven't had the luxury of reading this book yet but neither have the nightmarish people engaging in a targeted campaign of abuse.

  • Leigh Bardugo
    Sep 16, 2016

    A woman should be free to speak her mind on twitter without being trolled, harassed, and subjected to the ugliest kind of racist rhetoric. I'll be pre-ordering this book.

  • Ashli
    Nov 28, 2016

    Girl Out of Water is a story about Anise and her summer away from home. The summer before her senior year of high school Anise is being forced to spend the summer helping care for her aunt that was severely injured in a car crash. She is also there to help take care of her three younger cousins. Anise had all kinds of plans for her summer and her friends. She is having a hard time getting over the fact that she won't be there to experience all those plans and that she will be leaving California

    Girl Out of Water is a story about Anise and her summer away from home. The summer before her senior year of high school Anise is being forced to spend the summer helping care for her aunt that was severely injured in a car crash. She is also there to help take care of her three younger cousins. Anise had all kinds of plans for her summer and her friends. She is having a hard time getting over the fact that she won't be there to experience all those plans and that she will be leaving California (and her love of surfing) for the first time. Nebraska is a far cry from the beaches she is used to and at first she can't find any joy in being there (other than said cousins). However, during a trip to a skate park with her cousins she meets Lincoln. Lincoln is a very good skateboarder and he is missing one arm. Anise finds it hard to back down from a challenge that Lincoln lays on her. She also is learning how to navigate his disability since she does not know the right way to approach that conversation.

    This book is a really good coming of age story for Anise. She has to come to grips about people changing (herself included) and learning that someone else's past (the mom that left her) does not dictate how she will turn out. Anise learns how not to be forgotten and what is really important. This is a great read about summer, friends, and first loves!

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