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Normal is Never Coming Back

Jade is totally confused. As in, "will this be a leg-day or a tail-day?" kind of confused. Even worse, it's been forever since her first kiss with Luke and now—nothing. Not even a text message.


But Jade doesn't have time to figure out the weirdness of boys and how to use her shiny new tail. (Seriously, being a mermaid should come with a handbook.) She has to come up with a plan to get her missing mermaid mom back on dry land.

The only problem is...Jade is afraid of the ocean. But even aqua-phobic mer-girls have to take the plunge sometime...

Praise for Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings:

"Bravo to Hélène Boudreau for hitting the bull's-eye with a fresh, affectionate, watery twist on the classic coming-of-age-story."—New York Journal of Books

"The author keeps suspense high...while tapping straight into young teens' angst about friends, enemies, and boys."—Kirkus

Paperback, 240 pages
Published on May 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN-10: 1402264461
ISBN-13: 9781402264467
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  • justinex26
    justinex26Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm55 stars
    I read this book because I'm actually interested in the idea of mermaids. I think like how did these people get the idea of a Half fish half female. This book was amazing. It was very interesting. I thought it was fascinating. There was this girl with her first kiss with a not that was actually a merman I guess is why they call it. That part of the book kinda was weird cause it was a male. Then she thought her mom drowned in an ocean. She discovers her mom was actually a mermaid. Then she finds out she must have been half mermaid . She went swimming in oceans and acually was looking for her mom. Do you think she found her?