The Lifeguard

The Lifeguard

3.49 (1,413 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.49 (1,413 ratings by Goodreads)

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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 Sirena and makes her feel lost at sea. Sirena explores her obsession with Pilot and discovers his mysterious--almost magical--gifts.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 139 x 209 x 55mm | 434g
  • Morton Grove, United States
  • English
  • 080754535X
  • 9780807545355
  • 1,879,856

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Sirena struggles with her parents divorce while she's stuck at her Aunt Ellie's house in Rhode Island. There she is saved by a lifeguard who she becomes focused on. She tries to get his attention but he keeps turning away. The mystery surrounding this lifeguard only pushes Sirena to dig further.
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This is a touching love story with just a hint of magic and mysticism to please teen romance readers.--VOYA
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About Deborah Blumenthal

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. Deborah lives in New York City.
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3.49 out of 5 stars
- 1,413 ratings
5 25% (355)
4 26% (367)
3 28% (394)
2 15% (210)
1 6% (87)

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Let me begin by saying that this isn't your average summer read, which automatically in my mind makes this book more interesting. Sure, there's a gorgeous half naked guy staring up into the sun on the front cover, but don't let that fool you. The Lifeguard centres on Sienna, who has escaped to her Aunt's house for the summer while her parents are going through a messy divorce. Sienna spends her days at the beach, trying to will her to draw once again, but with no avail. Then she meets Pilot, the lifeguard on duty. One day he's cold and aloof, the next day he's charming and sweet, yet Sienna feels herself drawn towards him. Something about Pilot is, well, different. Character development plays a big role in this book. Sienna seems to be focused only on one thing - herself and her emotions regarding her parents divorce. What she needs to realize, is that the world doesn't necessarily revolve around her - which her Aunt fixes by sending her to volunteer at the local hospital. Sienna gets to see what real pain is like when a boy called Cody is injured in a bicycle accident, and from there on we see Sienna starting to slowly change. This book has its good bits and its bad bits. While I would pick something like this up from the shelf, it would be on looks alone. I felt that Sienna was a bit immature for her age, and sometimes didn't act like a seventeen year old. This book, in my opinion, would be suited more for middle-graders rather than older teens. Though Sienna was developing as a character throughout the story, it was very brief and I felt that her obsession with Pilot seemed to take forefront. I'm a big sap when it comes to romances, and this is where I find the book enjoyable. The interaction between Sienna and Pilot is great, although at times Sienna's interest in Pilot seemed a bit on the intense side. There's a bit of a twist in the book as well, which I won't ruin for you - but it just means that you need to go and read it for yourself! I think this is what set this book apart from just being your typical summer novel, and it worked really well. If you are looking for a light beach read with a slight supernatural twist to it for your summer vacation, then make sure this is on your book list!show more
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