Out of the Blue | Book Review

I received an eARC from the publishers and from TBRandBeyond Book Tours (but because of poor timing on my part, I couldn’t read it for the tour, so also thank you for being understanding!). All opinions are my own.

Crest is not excited to be on their Journey: the monthlong sojourn on land all teen merfolk must undergo. The rules are simple: Help a human within one moon cycle and return to Pacifica to become an Elder–or fail and remain stuck on land forever. Crest is eager to get their Journey over and done with: after all, humans are disgusting. They’ve polluted the planet so much that there’s a floating island of trash that’s literally the size of a country.

In Los Angeles with a human body and a new name, Crest meets Sean, a human lifeguard whose boyfriend has recently dumped him. Crest agrees to help Sean make his ex jealous and win him back. But as the two spend more time together and Crest’s perspective on humans begins to change, they’ll soon be torn between two worlds. And fake dating just might lead to real feelings…

This sophomore novel from Jason June dives into the many definitions of the world home and shows how love can help us find the truest versions of ourselves. 

No book has sent be on a spiral in regards to sub-genres like this book.

Ok, to rewind, weeks ago, I saw an author say something to the tune of “YA romances and YA rom-coms are two different things. Rom-coms are more comedies than romance, so there doesn’t have to be a happily ever after at the end of it” and I was immediately like “I don’t agree” because in every other media (movies and adult Romance), I feel like rom-coms have to end with a HEA. But after reading this book, I have to agree. Otherwise, the only way I can describe this book is “a comedy with typical romantic beats, but it doesn’t end with a romantic happily ever after, just a happy ending for the characters” which is far too long, so I guess this is a YA rom-com where the couple doesn’t end up together but it’s not a tragedy.

Okay, all that out of the way, here are my actual thoughts on the plot/characters.

I enjoyed the characters of Crest/Ross and Sean. Crest is a mermaid who is forced to spend a month amongst humans and helping them in order to come of age. They don’t like humans after all of the terrible things that humans have done and really doesn’t want to do this. Sean is a rom-com obsessed teenager who just got unceremoniously dumped by his boyfriend who comes across Ross on the beach during his lifeguard job. After a little bit of talking, Crest/Ross agrees to help Sean try to win his boyfriend back, which includes a fake-dating scheme.

We’re going to ignore how I felt the relationship was paced, because I really prefer slow-burns and I accepted that this probably wasn’t going to be one. That being said, I there were moments and scenes that I really enjoyed!

Some of the humor worked for me, some of it didn’t, but I also highlighted more lines than I anticipated, so I definitely had a good time!

I thought I knew how the book was going to pan out, and I was right in some regards, but in other areas I was surprised!

I had a hard time thinking of my rating for this book, but I think I’m going to land somewhere in the realm of 3 to 3.5 stars! It was an enjoyable read and I would definitely try a book from this author again!

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