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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, andAnise 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 even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word. Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves?...

Title : Girl Out of Water
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ISBN : 9781492646860
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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Girl Out of Water Reviews

  • Leigh Bardugo
    2019-04-04 03:56

    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.

  • S
    2019-04-02 01:04

    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.

  • Ashli
    2019-03-31 22:03

    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!

  • Victoria Schwab
    2019-04-08 00:55

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

  • Kayla
    2019-03-23 21:48

    **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 Everything, Everything--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 all 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!

  • Serith
    2019-03-22 04:54

    [UPDATE: Threat neutralized. I'll move this to my wish list and edit when a real review is set to go~!]Not moving this 5 star review till the trolls have been exterminated.

  • Jay Coles
    2019-03-27 22:08

    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!)

  • Marie Lu
    2019-03-23 05:10

    Full review to come. Absolutely loved. Pre-ordered too, which you can also do here with the publisher's link:

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-26 05:47

    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!

  • Lauren
    2019-03-23 04:15

    From the opening scene to closing chapter, I could not put Girl Out of Water down! The author totally puts the reader into Anise's mind and paints a wonderful narrative through her eyes. Loved how the plot always leads you in an unexpected direction. Great debut novel from a incredibly talented author!

  • Tamora Pierce
    2019-04-15 05:05

    This book isn't out yet, but I will buy it. I will read it. Why? Because people tried to do a pile-on due to the writer's politics, not the quality of her book. They *lied* about reading it. Last I checked, people could write whatever they wished to in this country--it's in the constitution. Read your Constitution (especially that pesky Billy of Rights thing). If you don't like what you read, write something of you own. That's how it works--not through censorship.

  • BookChic Club
    2019-04-18 05:52

    Following in Hannah's footsteps and am putting in a preliminary star rating here to counteract the bigoted folks trying to tear down this book's star rating because of the author's last name (aka no good reason). I am now making it a point to read this book when it comes out (or if I can get a review copy in my hands) and putting up a real review as soon as I'm able. I urge you all to do the same.

  • Victoria Aveyard
    2019-03-23 01:15

    Super excited for this book!!

  • Katie
    2019-04-20 05:58

    So let me open by saying that I read all of Girl Out of Water in one go. Barring a natural disaster or unexpected company, that’s pretty much my metric for how engaging, immersive, and enjoyable I find a novel. And, guys, Girl Out of Water is SO ENJOYABLE!It started with the imagery. Laura Silverman has a way with words that’s both subtle and striking. Dialogue, description — doesn’t matter. She’s got a gift when it comes to sentence structure. But, honestly, it’s the characters that really shine here for me. Anise and Lincoln are absolute LIGHTS. No spoilers, but both characters drive so much of this novel (in a very good way). I wish I’d gotten to read more characters like Anise and Lincoln growing up, to be honest. The diversity here was a breath of fresh air in the YA genre. Lincoln, in particular, felt so important to me — a one-armed, black teen who is created with intersectional awareness and stands up as his own person, not just a means of propelling the main character (Anise) forward. He’s also absolutely stupidly charismatic and pretty much my absolute favorite. Anise, as well, is incredibly nuanced. She grapples with so much: family, home, belonging, her place(s). Saying that this is a story about her “growing up” or fighting with selfishness is too one-note. Her growth throughout the novel is more than that; it’s moving without being formulaic, it’s layered, and it’s real. Read this book, you guys. You won't regret it.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-30 01:01

    I haven't actually read this yet but Laura Silverman needs our help. We can't let such disgusting abuse and hate go without action. It's not right and i won't stand for it.

  • Adam Silvera
    2019-03-26 02:14

    Laura is a HUGE CHAMPION of books and I'm so damn excited she has her own book deal! GIVE. IT. TO. ME.

  • Ceillie
    2019-04-20 00:15

    Originally rated it five stars in an attempt to combat a disgusting attack on Laura's character from Twitter asshats. Now that I've read it, it definitely warrants every star. Read my full review here!

  • Brie
    2019-03-21 06:04

    This book is amazing, as is the author. I support her and her book and can't wait to champion it in 2017 and beyond.

  • Jody Casella
    2019-04-02 01:02

    What is happening to this author and her book-- a book that is not even out yet-- is appalling.

  • Karina {witchling wanderer}
    2019-04-07 03:53

    The author is an amazing human being and I can't wait to read this. Don't pay attention to the 1 star reviews that are all harassing the author who doesn't deserve it <3 <3

  • Leontii Cristea
    2019-04-10 05:57

    I haven't read this book, but neither have those surging here from Twitter where the author is being harassed. This book isn't any of the things the racists harassing the author are claiming. It's a book written by a Jewish woman and apparently people have a problem with that. Five million stars. Buy this book when it's out.

  • Liv
    2019-03-29 22:08

    i havent read this but i'm getting tired of this author being attacked for simply sharing her opinion on twitter.

  • Kourtni R.
    2019-03-25 00:58

    This review was originally posted on my blog.What a great book this was. I’m really impressed that this is Silverman’s debut novel because it was amazing. One of the first things that I noticed and loved was the diversity of the characters. As is mentioned in the blurb, the love interest, Lincoln, only has one arm. He’s also black. I think Silverman did a fantastic job of portraying him as a real, three-dimensional character without ignoring his disability or focusing only on his disability. In addition to Lincoln, out of Anise’s friend group in Santa Cruz, there’s a f/f couple and Anise’s best friend, Tess, is Samoan. With all of these characters, I felt that Silverman did a great job of including this diversity without making the characters feel like caricatures.I absolutely adored Lincoln. Not only is he charming, but he really cares about Anise and you can see that in the smallest interactions. If he senses that she’s uncomfortable, he’ll take her hand and help reassure her. It was just really cute. He’s also super funny at times. It’s not common that a book makes me literally laugh out loud, but this one had me laughing quite a lot.Obviously, since Anise goes out to Nebraska to help take care of her cousins, her family ends up playing a pretty big role in this book which is nice. I talk a lot in my reviews about how much I enjoy when families are actually present in YA and Girl Out of Water definitely didn’t disappoint (which is kind of funny since there’s so much emphasis on Anise’s mom who abandons her frequently). I saw a lot of myself in Anise’s interactions with her cousins as their relationships to each other reminded me a lot at times of my relationship to my younger siblings – a kind of balance between friend and parent.The one reason why I gave 4.5 rather than 5 stars is because of Anise’s mom. At times I really liked how she was incorporated into the story. Anise’s mom is, well, a pretty terrible mom. She’s barely there for any of Anise’s life as she comes and goes as she pleases. On the one hand, I thought it was pretty realistic that Anise would have this deep-rooted fear of ending up hurting people the way her mom has hurt her and that she would be so affected by the relationship, or lack thereof, she has with her mom. But at other times it kind of seemed like it was overkill. I’m not really sure if it’s even fair for me to say because, like I said, I can totally understand how and why this would affect Anise so much, but it still seemed repetitive and like it was just too much and I would’ve liked it to be dialed down just the tiniest bit. Regardless, this is a small flaw in an otherwise fantastic novel.Girl Out of Water is a very impressive debut and if you’re looking for a good contemporary read, I very highly recommend checking this out. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Laura Silverman writes next because if her debut is this good, I can only imagine how great her books will get.Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy to review via NetGalley.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-27 01:10

    This beautiful, engrossing story grips you from page one, plunging you into the heart and mind of the main character as she struggles with the fear of becoming her mother and the turmoil of leaving home for the first time. With loveable, endearing characters and vivid prose, Girl Out of Water is an excellent read that is hard to put down.

  • Jessie Devine
    2019-03-22 05:06

    Can't wait to read!

  • Octavia
    2019-04-20 22:58

    Don't let the scum of the Earth fool you.

  • sana°¤°
    2019-03-30 23:09

    Everyone's been rating this five stars just to support the author with the whole trolls situation, but I refused to rate this at all because that's a bullshit way to support. Come and fight me on this. The best way to support the author was to take down those fucking trolls, which has been done. Books should be rated after being read and having formed your own opinions about them. Honestly, just stop rating a book 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 stars IF YOU HAVEN'T FUCKING READ IT. It's not that hard, why don't you go try that? I've been meaning to read this for a while and give it a fair rating. I rated this book four stars because it was absolutely incredible. I didn't have much expectations for this one because summer contemporaries are not my thing, but this book really surprised me. The story is about Anise, a seriously amazing surfer who has to leave the beach and her home to move to Nebraska for the last summer she had to spend with her friends before they all move away for college. Her aunt was badly injured in a serious accident so Anise and her father move to help out her and her three kids. Having to move to Nebraska also means having to face the hometown of her shit-of-an-excuse-of-a-mother's memories. ●I loved so many things about this book and one of them were character growth. Anise has to come to terms with leaving behind her friends (abandoning her loved ones, which is what her mother does to her) and sacrificing her own happiness for family who needs her. All of this leads to a very satisfying ending which may have bought me to tears. (I'm not going to admit anything.) At first, Anise was pissing me off with her "LET ME FUCKING SURF, I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE" attitude, but she really grew afterwards.●There's also POC and disability rep without it being a big deal and taking a whole chunk of the plot. It's so casual and naturally woven into the story, it's honestly impossible not to love the book at this point. Lincoln is a black, one armed skater. He's hilarious, kind, charming and such a sweet soul. ●The relationship between Anise and her father is freaking magnificent. He communicates with his daughter, they talk about their feelings and they have this sense of "closeness." Heck he talks to his daughter about sex and protection. He cares for her well being and he's always there for Anise. I seriously fucking loved their relationship and I want more of this, thanks. ●There's also a lot of focus on surfing and skating, which I loved! The first couple of chapters are about Anise surfing and it was very fun to read about. I can't surf for shit so reading about someone who can, makes up for that, lmao. And the skating scenes were so on point!! I remember my friend teaching me how to skate and I fell on my ass and scraped knees all the time. Reading about Anise's struggles about skating felt so real. It's relatable. -Anise's love for her home and the beach is so refreshing. She has so much love for surfing, the beach, her home and it made me want to hit the beach and try some surfing!!! (Lbr, I would probably die)●Also there's a really cute ff couple at the end. The only sad thing is that we don't get to see much of them. :(My only problem with the book was the slow pacing towards the beginning.Overall, I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a summer contemporary. It's perfect.

  • Laura
    2019-03-24 05:52

    Love the author's first name.(Proper review once the book is out)

  • Martina Boone
    2019-04-13 06:07

    Thank you to the trolls who have put this book on my radar. I'm proud of the YA community for coming together to ensure that individuals or small groups with an agenda cannot engage in a hate campaign to achieve the ends they're aiming for. One-starring books on Goodreads is not a response that can be allowed to stand as it effects not only one author, but the publisher and therefore the possibility of other books being published. It's an effort to silence speech in a land where that freedom is one of the most treasured pillars of society. I'm posting a five star rating now, and will read as soon as the book comes out in the hope that it will encourage us all to engage in debate in more appropriate venues.

  • Marie Rutkoski
    2019-04-18 00:04

    While I haven't read this book yet, I am very excited for it!