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Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels by Helene Boudreau Plus Interview & Giveaway

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Release Date: 2/1/2013

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About the Book: Jade is finally in high school, she has a cute boyfriend and life seems to be going well. Only the Mermish Council has declared that all land dwelling mers have to return to the ocean. And there's this pesky dance coming up that's a girls ask guys dance and Jade would have to wear a formal! This year was not supposed to be this complicated.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This is a great mermaid book to give tweens and young teens. While Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels is the third book in the series, I thought it stood well enough on its own and you don't have to be familiar with Jade's story to enjoy this book.

Jade is a fun spunky character and she made me laugh throughout. She's loyal to her friends and family and even though she has run ins with the school mean girl, I appreciated Jade's ability to see situations from everyone's point of view. I also loved Jade's family-her dad especially who always had a scientific answer to everything! The mermaid folklore is different and I think young teens who are looking for a book with a bit of a mythological twist will love this series.

Author Interview with  Helene Boudreau

What would be the best part about being a mermaid? What would be the worst?

Best: Swimming so freely in the ocean without the need for fins or snorkels and exploring what’s down there in those watery depths. Coral, fish, crustaceans, kelp, seals, shipwrecks—wow! My father is a lobster fisherman so I’ve always been fascinated by the ocean. 

Worst: I hate being cold and wet! LOL

What fictional character would you like to have dinner with?

I would love to dine with Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride. We would sit at a humungous solid oak banquet table laden with the rich bounties of our kingdom and shout out “Prepare to die!” and spear our meat with swords then spit out the bones on the castle floor. 

Why do you write for tweens/teens?

I have two tween daughters, and I absolutely love this age. They are hopeful, optimistic, love life and as far as they are concerned—can do anything. When they read, their minds are wide open and anything is possible.  What more could an author want?

Since school dance plays a big part in the book, what would be the best prom theme?

A Princess Bride theme, of course. Can you imagine? Knights, princesses, banquet tables full of food, memorable quotes like “Anybody wanna peanut?” written all over the gym walls, sword fights…okay, maybe not the sword fights. *wink*

A Princess Bride prom-I love it!

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  1. I hope I win this book! Two things I loved about this blog post: 1) The girl on the cover actually possesses a respectable-sized rear end! She is not a skinny mermaid! 2) Inigo Montoya is one of my biggest book crushes!!!!! Sorry about the excessive exclamation points!!!!!


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