Jane wants the life of a dolphin.
Wild. Graceful. Free.
But these days her life is nothing like that. Between her mother's strict rules and the cliques at school, she feels strapped in a child-sized life vest. It's not until Jane gets a tattoo and befriends popular Sam Rojas, a star on the school's swim team, that her life feels freer. She begins to wonder: Is there a way to be myself and not be alone? While she navigates these murky waters, a wave of events crash down on her, separating her from her family, her best friend, Lexie, and Sam, who Jane's fallen fin over tail for. Now she must figure out how to surf through rough seas without having everything she cares about pulled under.
Dolphin Girl, author Shel Delisle's first novel, is a story of family, friendship, first loves, and most importantly - freedom.
©2011 Shel Delisle (P)2015 Shel Delisle
I was disappointed after reading the reviews and seeing the enticing cover. I did listen to the whole book and decided by the end that maybe the book wasn't written for adults, so if I was a young adult I may have rated it higher. I did like the concept, and the narrator did a great job.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast.
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I enjoyed this book immensely. The story line was realistically believable, the characters well formed and overall a light hearted read while touching on some of the daily angst of a regular teen.
This is a contemporary story, of a girl year in school. Nothing much happens while many things happen and lives change but it is all interesting and detailed, the people, the interactions. It's a coming of age with her first kiss, her first boyfriend, a mess with friends... Also, she loves dolphins, to an insane degree. The story is parallelized with excerpts of a book about dolphins, and uses terminology like pods to talk about group dynamics at school. The boys are shown to be real jerks, but I guess that's how we appear to women. The girl is sarcastic and active, and is very interesting.
The recording has a hint of noise, but otherwise is crystal clear. The narrator delivers it perfectly, with some parts where she adds funny interpretations that made me laugh.
I totally recommend this, it's a great read!
In Dolphin Girl, Shel Delisle has described a complex, human, yet magical sixteen year old girl. Her situations, reactions, friends, and family are all so real, the reader has to laugh, and possibly cry, at the familiar embarrassment, longing, anger and joy that most of us can relive in the book.
Jane is an artist obsessed with dolphins. She believes she communicated clearly with dolphins at age 5, the magical aspect of the book. Haven't most of us dreamed about just that?
This book is a journey with her about relationships with family and friends. There is a focus on pods (AKA cliques) in high school and how difficult it is to cross the boundaries. She is trying to become independent of her controlling mother, manifested in the mural she wants to paint in her room.
When you listen to the audiobook, Stephanie Frizt is Jane going through these changes. Her voice is perfect, it sounds young. She has a wonderful reading voice and rhythm.
This book is for young adults, aimed at young women. However, I found plenty to interest me, as an older woman.
When you listen, stay for the reading of the scavenger hunt list, it is pretty hysterical.
I am a fun loving mom that enjoys a great Book!! I'm happy to have Audible with a busy life it makes it so easy to still get lost in a book!
What a FUN AMAZING STORY the only thing I hated is the first 4 or 5 chapters it sounds lime it's echoing it makes me CRAZY!! However it FINALLY stopped & I could just listen to the story! I loved it!!
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This book is "High School" all the way. Clichs, Mom Rules, teen romance or not. What a great plot, girls, guys, dolphins, and drama! Listening as Jane grows and matures reminded me of my past, not that I wanted to swim with dolphins but other things that were me.
The narration was about as perfect as you can get.
I don’t usually read many books from this genre, but I really enjoyed this one. The narration brought the story to life and held my interest throughout. The story was well thought out, complete and will keep you listening. I will definitely be watching for this author in the future.
* I was provided a free copy of this book from AudioBookBlast for review.
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