The Girl With The Mermaid Hair by Delia Ephron

Posted January 22, 2010 by Kaitlynn in 2 stars, review, standalone / 6 Comments

Book: The Girl With The Mermaid Hair by Delia Ephron

Release date: January 5, 2010

Publisher: HarperTeen

From: Publisher

Sukie Jamieson is obsessed with her appearance. She checks her reflection in windows, spoons, car chrome—anything available. So when her mother gives her a full-length mirror that once belonged to her grandmother, Sukie is thrilled. So thrilled that she doesn’t listen to her mother’s warning: “This mirror will be your best friend and worst enemy.” Because mirrors, as Sukie discovers, show not only the faraway truth but the truth close up. And finding out that close-up truth changes people. Often forever.


I don’t know how to say this nicely so I’m just going to say it honestly. I hated The Girl With The Mermaid Hair. I couldn’t get into the story and I couldn’t get past the main character’s personality.

The Girl With The Mermaid Hair is the story of Sukie Jamieson. From the very beginning I knew I wasn’t going to like Sukie. All she cared about was herself. She was obsessed with the way she looked and she was so full of herself. A major part of the book was Sukie talking about how gorgeous she was. One of my problems is that if I don’t like a main character, I don’t like the book. Obviously this caused a problem for this book.

I would go into the plot but I don’t know what it was. There wasn’t a whole lot going on in the book. At first I thought there might be some romance to the story but it didn’t pan out. In the end Sukie did a little growing but not enough to redeem the book.

Overall, The Girl With The Mermaid Hair is one book I won’t be recommending. I hate to write such a negative review but this was not a good book for me. If you are at all interested in it, check it out from the library but don’t waste your money.

Writing: 7/10

Characters: 5/10

Plot: 5/10

Ending: 7/10

Originality: 7/10

Overall: 31/50=D-

Cover: 8/10=B-

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