Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: The LIfeguard

The Lifeguard
By: Deborah Blumenthal
Release Date: March 1, 2012

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.

Adorable, semi chaotic and obsessed, this book was a quick and really good read.  It made you think about things, why they happen and how history keeps repeating itself without even knowing it. 

We meet Sirena, who was just shipped off to Rhode Island as her parents are at home dealing with their divorce and the selling of the house.  They want her out of the way so they send her out to her aunts house in Rhode Island for the summer.  Her best friend is at their usual spot at camp where Sirena would have been.  But this experience will be good for her even if she doesn't know it yet.

She's off to beach and that's where she spots him: Pilot.  Although she doesn't learn his name right away.  There is something about him that draws her to him, it's almost borderline obsessive and semi stalkerish but I like it.  She's an artist and wants to draw him so much, she believes he's just absolute perfection.  She met an artist on the beach who just happen to have a gallery with a painting of Pilot, and she steals the painting. 

But of course she feels guilty and she befriends this artist, even though he's about eighty years old they have a strong connection.  She can tell him anything even about the painting and how she's feeling and what's going on around her.

There are things that happen that connect her, Antonio (the artist) and Pilot.  Every thing is so sudden and extreme but miracles do happen.  Or at least Shamans really do have healing powers. 

The characters:
I really liked Sirena, maybe because she was a little obsessive and so curious about everything that it just reminded me a little of myself minus the obsessiveness.  Pilot he was the strong silent type.  And the way he's described, very good looking.  Antonio was a great wise man, and all the other characters also fit this very well.

The plot:
I really loved the fact that Sirena was learning about herself and exploring how life would be and could be.  She found herself in Rhode Island that summer, and things happened that would change her life forever.  Especially with the people she met and spent time with.

The cover:
Can I just say, super delish.  The boy on the cover is a perfect vision of Pilot.  Perfect.

If you have some time you should read this book, it was a fast and good read.  Especially if you need a break from all the dystopian books that are out there, it's just a good old fashioned fast contemporary book.

I received this book from NetGalley so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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