Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Book Review - Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea

Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea

About the Book

For fans of Rebecca Stead and Ali Benjamin comes the poignant yet hopeful novel, Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea, which is about grief from Ashley Herring Blake, the award-winning author of Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World—now in paperback!

Hazel Bly used to have the perfect family. But when a kayaking trip goes horribly wrong, Mum is suddenly gone forever and Hazel is left with a jagged scar on her face. After Mum's death, Hazel, her other mother, Mama, and her little sister Peach needed a fresh start. So for the last two years, the Bly girls have lived all over the country. They travel from town to town, never settling anywhere for more than a few months or so.

But when the family comes to the town of Rose Harbor, Maine, a small fog-draped beach town full of roses and rocks, Hazel senses a wildness to it that feels like magic. And when Mama runs into an old childhood friend Claire, suddenly Hazel's tight-knit world is infiltrated. To make it worse, she has a daughter Hazel's age, Lemon, who can't stop rambling on and on about the Rose Maid, a local myth a hundred and fifty years old about how a local girl was so heartbroken she turned into a mermaid.

Soon, Hazel finds herself just as obsessed with the Rose Maid as Lemon is—because what if magic were real? What if grief really could change you so much, you weren't even yourself anymore? What if instead you emerged from the darkness stronger than before?

My Take on the Book
This is a great book from an author that really allows you to feel the emotions of the characters as you hold on for the wild ride that is this book. The book is a heartfelt story that really looks at grief and how someone can come back from grief to a full life. You are drawn into this story from beginning to end and you will walk with Hazel along the way with every instance that happens. Get ready to experience a myriad of emotions with the main character in this powerful book!

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