Mermaid in Chelsea Creek Everyone in the broken down town of Chelsea Massachussetts has a story too worn to repeat from the girls who play the pass out game just to feel like they re somewhere else to the packs of aimless

  • Title: Mermaid in Chelsea Creek
  • Author: Michelle Tea Jason Polan
  • ISBN: 9781938073366
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Everyone in the broken down town of Chelsea, Massachussetts, has a story too worn to repeat from the girls who play the pass out game just to feel like they re somewhere else, to the packs of aimless teenage boys, to the old women from far away who left everything behind But there s one story they all still tell the oldest and saddest but most hopeful story, the one abouEveryone in the broken down town of Chelsea, Massachussetts, has a story too worn to repeat from the girls who play the pass out game just to feel like they re somewhere else, to the packs of aimless teenage boys, to the old women from far away who left everything behind But there s one story they all still tell the oldest and saddest but most hopeful story, the one about the girl who will be able to take their twisted world and straighten it out The girl who will bring the magic.Could Sophie Swankowski be that girl With her tangled hair and grubby clothes, her weird habits and her visions of a filthy, swearing mermaid who comes to her when she s unconscious, Sophie could be the one to uncover the power flowing beneath Chelsea s potholed streets and sludge filled rivers, and the one to fight the evil that flows there, too Sophie might discover her destiny, and maybe even in time to save them all.

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    1. Michelle Tea's Valencia was the perfect salve for my troubled little closeted queer heart a few years back--I loved and needed it so much you don't even know, I can't hype it enough--and I really enjoyed Rose of No Man's Land (unforgettable read), so naturally I was thrilled when I heard about this book. Lovely cover and design too so well done McSweeney's.Unfortunately this didn't live up to my expectations. The writing was usually lovely and all the magical world-building was candy-delicious a [...]

    2. This is such an odd, magical book. It's not a perfect book by any means, but it's so full of heart and soul that I just couldn't help but get lost in it. It's very unique in every way: setting, characters, story, voice. I loved the illustrations, I thought they went along with the story perfectly and really enhanced the experience. I'll definitely be continuing with this strangely beautiful series when the next book is released.

    3. 2 stars. Any book that takes me two months to finish can't be that great. While Mermaid In Chelsea Creek has some good aspects, like appealing magical realism and a sweet wlw romance plot, it's far too boring to be engaging. The Bad; Namely, PlottingThis book is incredibly slow and undriven. The plot developed slowly and very undramatically. I enjoyed the second half slightly more, but it's all pretty boring. In fact, we know the villain by the halfway mark. Yet none of the characters actually d [...]

    4. Dirty, poor, run-down Chelsea, Massachusetts, is not exactly an exciting place to be 13. That is, not until Sophie Swankowski meets a mermaid when she’s hanging out down by the creek with her best friend. Syrena isn’t your typical mermaid – she’s a trash-talking, ancient creature from the rivers of Poland, and she’s come to tell Sophie about her destiny.It turns out, Sophie fulfills a prophecy about a girl who will bring magic and hope back to the world. Now, she has to learn to harnes [...]

    5. Michelle Tea writes amazingly of real world relationships. The stuff between the main character and the mom, and the main character and the best friend felt really, really incredible, lived in, and true.Unfortunately, this is a YA fantasy novel. And Michelle Tea doesn't do those things nearly as well (and, didn't have an editor who'd ever done these before either, or so I've heard). The YA-ness of the book seemed to talk down to its nominal audience of young people in a lot of ways. And the fant [...]

    6. I adore Michelle Tea, my favourite of her books is Valenciaso I was pretty excited about reading this, the first in a young adult series. I was sort of expecting more of the same Tea that I love, but this is pretty different to her other books and reminded me of Francesca Lia Block. It's a gritty (ish) urban fantasy novel with talking pigeons and magic and the ability to get into peoples hearts to find out what they are feeling. I really enjoyed it, and loved bits like this:"It was a piece of gl [...]

    7. Despite a slow start, this book captured my attention with it's magical realism. The plight young Sophie faces may not be a familiar one, yet as a girl on the cusp on young adulthood she is all to easy to relate to. The fantasy elements of this story were woven wonderfully with the pain and anguish of growing up. I can't wait to read more of this series - though waiting for the next instalment will be difficult.Originally published on LibraryThing Dec.22, 2013 (x)

    8. An old Polish fairy tale, strongly believed from those women who came from the old country, tells of a girl who will come and straighten out the cruel, dirty world they live in. Sophie Swankowski is 13 years old, lives in the broken down town of Chelsea, Massachusetts. Sophie and her best friend play the "pass-out" game just to feel like they are somewhere else. Sophie meets the mermaid, a filthy swearing creature, who tells her how special she is and will bring the magic. From talking pigeons, [...]

    9. I'm not saying this is a perfect book, and I don't think it's for everybody, but I LOOOOVVVVVEEED it. One of the reasons I picked it up was that Daniel Handler wrote a rave review of it, and that makes sense to me because I think Michelle Tea and Danielle Handler have somewhat similar styles, in that they are a bit wordy and pretentious but beautiful. I love them both for it, but I can theoretically understand where some readers would find it to be a drawback.I loved how organically diverse Merm [...]

    10. There is something about Michelle Tea's voice that is super-addictive. I can't get enough of her slightly damaged yet fierce, tragic but hilarious heroines and their casually intimate, piercingly funny stream-of-consciousness narratives. I've enjoyed everything she's written from "Valencia" to "Rose of No Man's Land," which was technically not a YA book but felt like one to me. So I was thrilled to hear she was writing a YA novel for McSweeney's new YA imprint. And when my copy finally arrived f [...]

    11. I can't even with this beautiful book. Ordinary girl in a desperately ordinary, fucked-up town discovers she is a witch meant to save the world. Finds her magical family and teachers in pigeons, an ancient grimy mermaid, her doting pediatrician, a tenderqueer Chicana bruja and her curandera mom, the sweetest and most powerful babushka, and a dog that used to be her grandfather. And this is only the first of the trilogy! Wtf!

    12. First things first: I wish this had gone through another handful of rounds of edits. I say this not just because I found a typo or weird grammatical error every 20th page or so (there was that!), but because the concept of the book is strong, and there are more than a few scenes that are sweet and sad and totally heart-rending, but the voice was never quite consistent. The tone jumped around a bit such that it felt like one chapter was meant for middle school readers, the next one for late teena [...]

    13. Let the fierce, adolescent-style summer reading begin. This book moves at the super quick pace of a magical YA novel, which it is! But it brings a kind of interiority and queer wisdom which I don't remember in, say, Chronicles of Narnia. Proud of and excited for Michelle Tea, as she pushes into new fictional terrain in her work. Polish witches, curanderas, teenage lesbian/gender blurring mentor figures, big Puerto Rican immigrant families, single working moms, a mermaid who cusses, and a determi [...]

    14. A strong 3.5Ok, let's get the weird stuff out of the way. I had a very hard time starting this book. Namely because this story is about the grimy dirty side of life we try to pretend doesn't exist. The description of the dirty neighborhood creek made my skin crawl. Yeah, I have some issues. This story was touching because the main character struggles to find her place beyond the dusty trash filled streets. It is a mix of magical stark realism. I rated this 3.5 because the story makes a leap into [...]

    15. I really hope this book gets another edition, because there are substantial (more than a few) typographical errors like repeated words and incorrect punctuation that at times actively obscures meaning and draws attention away from the story itselfand thats a shame because the story itself is so good! it started a bit slow but once it got great it got really great& sophie's big superpower is literally just being really empathetic towards others (including her enemies ) which is pretty cool

    16. As a longstanding Michelle Tea fan, I was eager—albeit a bit trepidatious—to see her try her hand at something categorized as YA (a nebulous category, but one of which I'm a fan). This was slow going at first, but since it's the first book in a trilogy, that is perhaps to be expected, and the book really hit its stride to ripen into a work that is at turns heartbreaking, hilarious, violent, and tender. And yes, dare I say it, magical. Really, a beautiful book. I can't wait for Round Two!

    17. Your assignment: save the world, that's all. For help, you've got a flock of pigeons, a mermaid, an old Polish shopkeeper and a junkyard glass collector.And in the opposite corner, your utterly evil grandmother, who happens to have your father and sister in her horrible clutches. A very promising first installment in this series. Next one out in October 2014.

    18. I echo what a lot of readers have saidt perfect, could benefit from way more editingere are issues but the charm of the book surpasses all of that much like the heroine and her supporting cast.

    19. Okay, I only made it to page 173. I give up, this story is just not for me. Stick to memoirs, Michelle Tea. I normally adore your writing.

    20. In his blurb for Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, Daniel Handler says it has "the grit and the wit and the girls in trouble loving each other fierce and true" of Michelle Tea's work in general (which totally makes me want to read more by Michelle Tea) and also "all the juice of a terrific fantasy novel, with the magic and the creatures and the otherworldly sense of something lurking underneath each artifact of our ordinary lives," and yeah, I think that's a good description, and captures a lot of why I [...]

    21. ‘a story of a girl who could let all the sadness of the world pass right through her’‘Mermaid in Chelsea Creek’ is yet another book I have been meaning to get into and the hype did not disappoint. This young adult fantasy book is set in Chelsea, Massachusetts and follows Sophia a teenage girl with Polish ancestry.Sophia and her best friend Ella like to play the pass-out game because it’s the only thing to do in Chelsea. One day, when they are playing the game near the filthy creek, Sop [...]

    22. See more of my reviews at We Live and Breathe BooksSo I got a signed copy of Mermaid in Chelsea Creek at BookExpo America and just read it this past week. I really wish I hadn't waited so long to finally read it because it was fantastic.Number one on the list of reasons why this book is phenomenal is the diction. I can't even begin to explain how much I was entranced by Michelle Tea's writing style. It was b-e-a-utiful. I found myself, instead of reading a chapter or two and going on to somethin [...]

    23. I Loved it! If you're tired of reading the same book over and over again, this is definitely unique. I couldn't put it down, while keeping itself lighthearted, it does delve very deep and dark unexpectedly and keeps you on your toes. It's very whimsical and random bits of humor that had me cracking up. Definitely not a favorite for everyone, but I think everyone should try it.

    24. Unevenly written. Some parts were fleshed out, and others were too quick, or were clumsy information dumps. The plot is interesting, though, and I always enjoy the incorporation of other country's myths and fairy tales into a modern day fairy tale. Not sure if I will keep reading the series.

    25. Didn't love it to start, but got better and better- a little disappointed it's a series (which I've never said before) but excited to get the next book! WARNING: do not read when eating.

    26. I’m not going to lie: this was a fairly dark book. It was gritty; it was dirty (and I don’t mean smutty; I mean there was a lot of dirt in the book). But for all of that, I found it surprisingly hopeful, and not just in the sense that it ended on a hopeful note. What I mean is that this book gave me hope for the future of humankind.Despite the magical realism present in Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, I felt that Sophie’s destiny really resonated with a lot of things that are actually happening [...]

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