by Deborah Blumenthal
Published: March 1st 2012
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
*ebook provided by publisher for an honest review.
Synopsis via Goodreads:
It's an unsettled summer for Sirena. Back in Texas, her family's splitting apart, but here in Rhode Island, at the cottage of her free-spirited aunt, it's a different world. There are long days at the beach and intriguing encounters with him. Pilot. He's the lifeguard with shamanic skills. He both saves her and makes her feel lost at sea. Sirena explores her obsession with Pilot and discovers his mysterious--almost magical--gifts.
This had the potential to be perfect, and while I did enjoy the book, it was in fact not that great. The Lifeguard is one of those stories that you like from start or stop reading from the first chapter. It really left me with a lot of mixed emotions. The plot was interesting and fresh, but it took forever to get to the purpose.
The writing was quick but there were times the story seemed as if it was going off course. Other than that, I liked the beach setting, incorporating art, and the overall mystery of the story. The supernatural kicks in from start to give that otherworldly vibe but most of the times I thought I was reading contemporary. It was a good book, but as I've mentioned before, it wasn't great.
About the Author
Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and nutritionist who now divides her time between writing children's books and adult novels. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times (including four years as the Sunday New York Times Magazine beauty columnist), and a home design columnist for Long Island Newsday. Her health, fitness, beauty, travel, and feature stories have appeared widely in many other newspapers and national magazines including New York’s Daily News, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Self, and Vogue.