Ripple by Mandy Hubbard is an exceptional read with a haunting storyline. Lexi is cursed. The jinx has been passed down from mother to daughter for hundreds of years and has been told and retold in many legends. The water calls to Lexi, forcing her to do unfathomable things. And she can’t help it; the curse of being a siren is in her blood.
What she has done in the past torments her, and the prospect of what she could do in the future tortures her beyond imagination. So when Lexi starts to slip out of her shell for a boy that would risk anything for her, she knows that there can be no happy ending for her fairy tale.
Ripple is set in modern times in a small coastal town by the Pacific Ocean. On the outside, Lexi is an average teenage girl; she attends school, gets good grades, and has a happy life with her grandmother. But on the inside, Lexi is a web of deceit and lies, tangled beyond recognition.
The plot is well-timed to keep the reader interested and is not at all predictable. The intricate romance fascinated me. Fortunately, the romantic moments are nowhere near sappy; instead they are realistic and sweet.
The characters are genuine and lifelike, which makes the tender moments even more believable. A few of the characters are lacking depth, and I wish that Mandy Hubbard had delved more into their personalities. For example, the main antagonist does not seem to have enough convincing motivation to keep all of the scenes plausible.
The first person point of view makes each development in the plot seem exciting. Lexi experiences both internal and external conflicts. She constantly battles her own vulnerability against the water, but she also enters into conflicts with those around her as she tries to cut herself off from the rest of the world.
Ripple is a very worthy read, and I found myself hanging onto each word. I read the entire book in a single day because I was so drawn into the story. It is amazingly well written, and I applaud the author for turning such an unrealistic idea into a completely believable story. Once you begin, there is no way that you will be able to put it down. So please don’t write Ripple off because it is a “mermaid book with a silly cover”, because, who knows—maybe mermaids do exist!
Morgan Smith is a 13 year old living with her family and cat, Holly, in a small house in Pennsylvania. She loves pretty much every genre of books, from cheesy romance novels to dry nonfiction stories, but her favorite books are historical fiction. She has loved to write and read for as long as she can remember, and she also loves to swim, sew, cook, and so much more.