Title: The Lifeguard
Author: Deborah Blumenthal
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
From the Publisher: 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.
I was quite surprised to find that I truly enjoyed this book. Though there was a bit of supernatural mysticism involved in the story, it doesn’t overshadow the story of Sirena’s summer.
Sometimes, I truly just love to read a story about someone else’s life. It needn’t be full of heroines and quests to capture and keep my attention. A well written simple story will do quite the same thing. This is one of those well written stories.
While Sirena’s story isn’t a quest in the traditional sense of the word, it is a journey.
“Arrive the same, Leave different.”
Sirena grows as a person into a compassionate and thoughtful young woman during the course of her summer in Rhode Island. Some of that may have to do with the accident, but most of it has to do with the relationships she made.
This book touched me, and if you are anything like me, it will make you see how much relationships can touch and change someone.