Title: Love, Lattes, and Mutants
Author: Sandra Cox
Length: 188 pages
Date of Publication: February 17th, 2015
Rating: 3 Stars
Finding love is hard, even when you aren't a mutant.
Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why...
Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn't the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn't have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story... -Goodreads
This sweet,touching, and very light YA, scifi romance is one that is best read with pleasure in mind. The reason for this being that if you go into this read looking for flaws; you are sure to find them.
Cases In Point:
1. The rather vague treatment of Piper's back story. When dealing with a character who's main claim to fame is her status as something other, it is very important to answer the who's why's and wherefore's of that person's history. This is often done for no other reason than to help the reader to understand the being about which they are reading.
2. The unnecessary need to dress Piper in baggy clothes,and sunglasses. She looks completely human. Not only that, but she is pretty. Dressing her in such an outlandish way, only makes her seem more the freak.
4. New and uber popular girl Holly, and the insta-friending!
Their interactions are written as though Holly is the school veteran, amd Piper is new. Backwards much?
Please understand that the list of positives is just as long as the negatives was.
1. Everything concerning Piper's life in the water. This is the part of the story where Piper really gets to shine. She is confident and sure of what she is doing. The action scenes here are first rate.
2. All character interactions; with the exception of the afore mentioned Holly and Piper role reversal. Watching the way these characters relate is like watching a well choreographed dance.
Transitions are smooth and flow as naturally as water downhill. The conversations and banter are never staged or forced.
In short. This tale of teens, romance, friendship, lattes, and mutation is the perfect Summer read. That perfect escape into the fun and fluffy fantasy of friends and fins.