Author: Helene Boudreau
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: February 1, 2013
Paperback: 240 pages
Buy this book: Amazon
Buy this book: Amazon
The only thing that terrifies Jade more than the ocean is dancing at the Fall Formal. Because Jade has two left feet—er, flippers. Who knew being a high school freshman is even more awkward than being a plus-size aqua-phobic mer-girl? At least her only drama is of the human variety...
Or not. The Mermish Council has just declared that all land-dwelling mers but return to the ocean. Pronto. But there's no way Jade is going to let her mom, or Luke, her...boyfriend? mer-guy-friend?, disappear into the deep, dark ocean. Again. After all, a girl's got to have a date to her first dance.
If Jade can stop mer-mageddon, finding a plus-size dress that doesn't look like a shower curtain should be a piece of cake.
Interview with Author
Welcome to Rex Robot Reviews! Can you tell us a little bit about REAL MERMAIDS DON'T NEED HIGH HEELS?
Dance like nobody’s watching. Oh, geesh. Is anyone watching?
In this third installment of the Real Mermaids series, Jade is really ready for life to return to normal. But ninth grade is like being a goldfish in a shark tank and the upcoming Fall Folly Formal means Jade must get over her fear of awkward dancing. Plus there is unrest in the ocean, and the whole mer-world is on the brink of civil war.
Can Jade find a plus-sized dress that doesn’t look like a shower curtain, keep her mer-ness a secret, finally figure out if she and Luke are officially dating, and help pull off the biggest political coup in mer history?
With so much at stake, ‘awkward dancing’ is rapidly becoming the least of Jade’s worries.
What songs would Jade want to hear at her high school dance?
I’m thinking something fun and upbeat. Here are a few songs I love bopping along to:
What was the most challenging part of writing REAL MERMAIDS DON'T NEED HIGH HEELS?
The big thing with any writing project is staying true to your characters and maintaining consistency in themes, settings, and characteristics between scenes. Since this is the third book in a series, I needed to keep copious notes on the first two books to make sure Jade’s character was consistent while still keeping things fresh and new. I’m a big fan of spreadsheets for this very reason!
What is your favorite scene from REAL MERMAIDS DON'T NEED HIGH HEELS?
There’s a scene where Jade’s mer-friend Serena has to get ready for an Underwater Hockey practice but she’s never worn a bathing suit before. There’s a bit of a, um, wardrobe malfunction involved.
Do you use any famous people to help inspire the looks or characteristics of your characters?
I’ve often wondered who I would cast in a book-to-movie adaptation if that were ever to be so that’s kind of a similar question, I guess…lessee…
- Jade: This is a toughie…Chloe Moretz was great in ‘Kick Ass’ and after seeing this interview with Hailee Steinfeld, I think she’d be awesome too, but Jade’s character would need someone with a bit of a, um, sturdier frame.
- Her charmingly nerdy father: Kevin James (Mall Cop)
- Her crush, Luke: ?? Totally stumped on this one.
- Her BFF, Cori: An older version of Willow Smith, maybe? (Whip My Hair)
This year is a busy one for me with the release of this book plus the fourth book in the Real Mermaids series called REAL MERMAIDS DON’T SELL SEA SHELLS coming out in the fall. I also have a picture book called I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN coming out in March, and an adaptation of Longfellow’s poem EVANGELINE for Young Readers coming out in April.
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