Read Fish Out of Water by Natalie Whipple Online


Mika Arlington was supposed to spend the summer after her junior year shadowing her marine biologist parents at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but when her estranged grandmother randomly shows up on the doorstep one day, those plans are derailed. Because Grandma Betty isn't here to play nice—she is cranky, intolerant of Mika's mixed-race-couple parents, and oh yeah she has AlzMika Arlington was supposed to spend the summer after her junior year shadowing her marine biologist parents at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but when her estranged grandmother randomly shows up on the doorstep one day, those plans are derailed. Because Grandma Betty isn't here to play nice—she is cranky, intolerant of Mika's mixed-race-couple parents, and oh yeah she has Alzheimer's and is out of money.  While Mika's family would rather not deal with Grandma Betty, they don't have much choice. And despite Mika's protests, she is roped into caring for a person that seems impossible to have compassion for. And if that wasn't hard enough, Mika must train the new guy at her pet shop job who wants to be anywhere else, and help a friend through her own family crisis. Something's gotta a give, but whichever ball Mika drops means losing someone she loves. Not exactly a recipe for Best Summer Ever—or is it?...

Title : Fish Out of Water
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9781471404306
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 322 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Fish Out of Water Reviews

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2018-10-22 14:54

    This is the cutest fishily romance of the world. And do not question my use of the word "fishily". It totally works. And I obviously get to use Nemo gifs for this review because: FISH. I'm not the world's biggest fan of fluffy romance (this totally is one) but Fish Out of Water kind of stole my heart. I loved how diverse and unique it was. The narrator, Mika, is half-Japanese. Her grandmother has Alzheimer's. One of Mika's best friends is Indian. Mika's hobbies include sand-sculpture and fish-keeping and...OH YEAH...she wants to be a scientist. Can we just say this book is freaking fantastic?! I feel like the author noticed what book bloggers these days are shouting about and put them ALL into this book! I'm so, so pleased. It's about family and culture and fitting in. I mean DUH. Look at the title! Everyone, in any walk of life, feels like a fish out of water at some stage. I loved that! Betty, Mika's grandmother, is a fish-out-of-water in her own son's home because she's always forgetting things/people/food. Mika is a mixed-culture kid and her Betty is so, so racist to her. <-- Another fish-out-of-water moment. (The racism was really addressed in this book, like how it can be subtle or vulgar but either way it's still WRONG.) Then there is a sharky romance between Mika and her boss' nephew, the rich brat Dylan. (He even has a rich-brat name. How unique.) They have a real hate-on-hate relationship and SO much chemistry! It's fantastic. I shipped them like a turtle to the Pacific Ocean. Dylan might be a brat, but he's got a super sweet side and, um, communication problems. Seriously. Would it kill people to talk to each other?! *moans* BUT I STILL ADORE THEM.THERE ARE ALSO PRINCESS BRIDE REFERENCES. So. much. win.It was perfection...until the ending. Which wasn't fantastic. Not to be Marlin to a Dory situation, but the ending felt too anti-climatic. I loved the book premise so much that I was expecting something huge for the ending. It seemed to follow a bit of a formula for contemporary climaxes and then...meh. Is every second book these days founded off tragedies-by-miscommunication? The romance (so strong to begin with) really let me down.It's a solidly entertaining fishy romance. Despite not being a contemporary-fan all the time, I liked this one! (I'm a huge fan of Natalie Whipple too.) The tone is a bit lighter and younger, but it does have a few steamy moments. Huzzah for FISH.*whispers* I actually hate (eating) fish, but you know...whatever.Mika:Dylan:Betty:The book in a nutshell:

  • Cécile
    2018-11-03 12:56

    L'histoire de Mika qui voit son été ruiné quand sa grand-mère raciste et atteinte d'Alzheimer débarque chez elle et qu'elle doit s'en occuper en plus de devoir former un jeune riche je-m'en-foutiste à son travail. Encore un YA qui a su me séduire et que j'ai adoré !Déjà par les personnages : Mika qui est une héroïne intelligente, un peu sarcastique, qui est sérieuse mais n'a pas honte de l'être. Dylan qui est un héros super couinant et plus profond qu'il n'y parait et enfin les personnages secondaires comme Joel, Betty et les meilleures amies qui sont eux aussi réussis même s'ils ne sont pas tous approfondis. L'histoire est bien menée, mignonne, assez touchante avec des personnages qui font des erreurs et agissent des fois selon leur âge mais qui sont aussi atypiques et attachants. On sourit, on couine, on tourne les pages sans les voir défiler...Je regrette deux trois réactions de Mika et Dylan vers la fin mais cela ne m'a pas empêché de passer un excellent moment !

  • Shanti
    2018-10-21 18:16

    This was an adorable book about how people change, about love and how it's hard and kindness. It fell into some cliches (the 'bad boy' and misunderstanding ones) but I generally loved it!Mika is a really appealing character. She has a goal- to become a marine biologist- and works at a pet store. When- all in the same day- a sullen boy becomes her co worker and her grandmother with Alzheimers moves in (meaning that she loses her internship) she is understandably upset. I loved that I could related to Mika all the way through her journey. She felt very strong emotions, but Natalie's writing is precise and fun. I really got into Mika's head. Her friends were awesome, and I was glad that she didn't abandon her friends as she got a romantic relationship. I shipped her and Dylan pretty hard- they were adorable- but it was how her relationship with her grandmother evolved that really amazed me. The sensitivity and thoughtfulness of the writing, the way that Natalie handled a sensitive topic- it was all done so well. (view spoiler)[ I also loved the part at the end where the grandmother gets angry as she's coming home and Dylan defends Mika. I love that Natalie Whipple can show both sides of the story like that I also liked that Mika had had previous relationships(hide spoiler)] Mika's finacial situation was also shown really well. And I loved Shreya. As an Indian myself, I really empathized with her situation (also the food was great) but luckily my parents are NOTHING like that. Also I loved that she rode a bike.Dylan was a really awesome character to. I mean, the romance part of the plot wasn't subtle, but it was fun. And he wasn't just a generic boyfriend, he had interests and was really well fleshed out on his own.Friendships and family relationships mean a lot in this book. I am a mixed race person, so I get where Mika is coming from. Olivia and Shrey where awesome. I liked that they didn't let Mika abandon them for Dylan, but were still really supportive and willing to ask for support. Mika's parents are hilarious. They weren't as big of a deal as the grandma Betty, but they were still kind and thoughtful and cool.The plot was at first centred around Mika and Dylan getting together and then on their relationship problems and Mika's family problems.It kept moving. It was a good plot. It wasn't really unique- really quite predictable- though Granma Betty sort of threw a curveball at them. I liked the happiness and the cuteness and the summeriness.So in conclusion, this was a characters centric novel with a fun plot and romance and friendship and diversity. If you like cute romances and contemporaries, you should go and read it*shanti out*

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    2018-10-15 17:55

    Extremely enjoyable, conquering themes like race and mental illness. Filled with all my favourite cliches within a book, the most primary one being the fake boyfriend/girlfriend turning into something more than just appearances! What stood out in this book was the balance between friend, family and boyfriend relationships. 100% would recommend!

  • Sara Raasch
    2018-11-03 13:14


  • Abbey
    2018-11-08 20:06

    Um.. WoW.. And then WoW again.. WoW one more time. I was hooked on the first page. I love and Cherish Natalie's witty and fun writing!! This book was fantastic and enjoyable. Fast paced , Witty , and Emotional all at once. I read it in two days. I hope she writes more Contemporary because I absolutely adored this book. to sum it up . when this book is out find it and buy it and read and then read it again!!! More detailed Review will be up on my blog -

  • Dianne
    2018-10-26 13:57

    *Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*Thank you to Natalie Whipple for the eARC! Having received a review copy did not affect my views of the novel.I'll clue you in with the most obvious assurance that Fish Out of Water is a great read, especially for contemporary YA lovers: it is blurbed by Kasie West. THE Kasie West, who made me swear I'll name my hypothetical son Alexander with Xander as a nickname because of how much I loved The Distance Between Us. Dude, if Kasie West says it's "fun and flirty but also heartfelt", believe her because IT IS, OKAY? And because this book is the kind where all I can do is squeal, I'll do a list review to lend some coherence to this. So, let's do this!Four Reasons Why I Love FISH OUT OF WATER1. THAT COVER. Let's just get over the most superficial thing on this list and that is a book's cover. I mean, a gorgeous cover is SO IMPORTANT to a book because anyone who says they don't judge a book by its cover is a massive hypocrite. Uhm, guys. I LOVE THIS COVER SO MUCH. The cute fishes that look so in love with each other, the typography, the understated colors, the graphics, EVERYTHING ABOUT IT IS PERFECT, OKAY? And it is so apt for the book. I really want it on my shelf so I'll be getting the hardcover NO MATTER HOW. I will. I will be all mafia don about this.Now, let's get to the nitty-gritty...2. Characters. I tried typing this sentence 628164 times but I kept on deleting it because I don't know how to properly describe the characters in this book that will encapsulate their whole being. And that's a great thing, right? People are complex and Natalie Whipple sure knows how to write these wonderful teens. Let me try again. Mika: biracial (Japanese mother and an American father but born in the USA *sings an off-key Bruce Springsteen*), only child of two marine biologists, works at the pet shop AnimalZone, very passionate and knowledgeable about fishes. Dylan: entitled, rich boy forced to work for his uncle, trying to change, learning the ropes, andby the end. Grandma Betty: racist, has Alzheimer's, left by her loved ones repeatedly.Then we have Yumi (Mika's mother), Stan (Mika's father), Clark (Dylan's uncle), Joel (the caregiver), and Shreya and Olivia (Mika's best friends). I am absolutely in awe how Natalie Whipple crammed so much plot into this novel but without forsaking its readability. True story: I was so busy when I read this book but I still finished it quite fast because I just can't stop reading it! It was so addicting and I was so invested in Mika as a character that I went wherever the story took me. Not only that but our secondary characters also had their own mini plot arcs and they were not boring and B-plots. Everyone's story intertwined with Mika's, which makes the reader invested in them equally. I bow down to Natalie Whipple.3. Themes. Fish Out of Water doesn't shy away from tackling issues usually glossed over or just presented. In here, racism is faced head-on because we got Grandma Betty who disapproved of Mika's parents marriage because Yumi is Japanese and she doesn't approve of mixing of races. Couple that with her Alzheimer's where she throws things, says hurtful words, and loses all sense of respect, and this book just established itself as a book that DEALS and TACKLES these issues.This is my first time reading a book about dealing with a family member who has Alzheimer's. For one, I can't even call Betty a loved on because pretty much everyone hates her. But like what Joel the caregiver said, getting to spend time with Betty gave us a whole new outlook on her. Sure, she's racist through and through but as she unconsciously shares her life story, we get to know what happened to her early on. It doesn't excuse her behavior, as Dylan points out, but what can you do but try to understand someone you love who's sick?I was so astounded by how Natalie Whipple tackled Alzheimer's and when I reached the acknowledgments of the book, she paid homage to her own grandmother, who she loved. Natalie was telling a story from the heart. Dealing with Alzheimer's is hard, both for the patient and for his/her family.Fish Out of Water also got into arranged marriages (Shreya's strict Indian family), friendships, learning the value of money, how money can't buy happiness, how everybody can change their ways, being in a serious relationship for the first time, giving your heart away completely and irrevocably to someone you love, death, abandoment, and so much more BUT NEVER BEING PREACHY ABOUT IT. This novel is so jampacked yet I want more!Guys, really, this novel is gold.4. Romance. Oi, try not to be giddy and to smile from ear to ear while reading this book, I dare you. It is physically impossible, I tell you. It was so fun to read Mika and Dylan be irritated with each other. THE BANTER, GUYS. Oh yes, have I mentioned that this is a hate-to-love romance? EEEEKKK, I know, right? Dolphin squeals right here. Then, have I also mentioned that it starts with a PRETEND RELATIONSHIP? COME ON. If you're still not convinced that you HAVE to read this book then I give up. (Not. I will still hound y'all to read this.) Then we get to read Mika and Dylan flirt with each other and deal with the usual teenage romance problems and concerns without too much drama and angst and I AM IN YA ROMANCE HEAVEN.Seriously. Guys. You need to get on with this book. A fishily cute summer romance mixed in with heavier matters such as racism and dealing with a family member with Alzheimer's, Fish Out of Water just blew existing contemporary YA novels out of the water with the masterful way Natalie Whipple balanced the fun with the deep. I highly recommend this to EVERYONE but especially to fans of Kasie West and contemporary YA romances because !!!!! (Really, coherence is not my strongest suit.)

  • Tissy
    2018-10-14 11:52

    Not bad but DNF at 57% because that's where I felt the story should have ended as I had zero interest in reading on.

  • Rachel Patrick
    2018-11-08 16:49

    This review (and others) can be seen in all its proper formatting glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.Bordering on 4.5 stars, I think.Fish Out of Water was the first book I read by Natalie Whipple, and it most certainly will not be my last. I absolutely adored this book and loved reading it. I went into it expecting a story about a girl and a boy who work at a pet store and fall for each other, and instead got a story that deals with racism, Alzheimer's, and has a stinking cute romance. This book? You want it.Mika works at AnimalZone--where's she a pro at all things fish-related--and is planning to spend her summer doing an awesome internship of her dreams where her parents work at Monterey Bay Aquarium...until some lady shows up at her door, and apparently, she's good ol' grandma Betty. For the most part, Mika's dad has been estranged from his mother, who had a complete and utter freak out when her son decided to marry a Japanese woman. But now Grandma is heading down the road of Alzheimer's and has nowhere else to go, so Mika's giving up her internship and getting to know her grandmother.Of course, there are a lot of issues with having Grandma in town. Her and Mika's mom don't get along too well, and she makes comments toward Mika, who's part Japanese. Add in the dementia she gets from Alzheimer's and a bunch of outbursts, and life with Grandma isn't too easy. Fortunately, Mika finds comfort and release (I was so tempted to make a fish pun and say "catch and release," just so you know) with all her fish, and a few humans: her best friends Shreya and Olivia, and her boss's son and newest coworker Dylan. Olivia's on vacation for the majority of the novel, but Shreya's more prominent. Mika and Shreya hang out while eating curry from Shreya's family's Indian restaurant, and spend their Saturdays making intricate and SUPER COOL sand sculpture's on the beach. And then there's Dylan, aka the counterpart to the stinking cute romance, who's a rich kid cut off from Mommy and Daddy's money and is living with his uncle.Really, nothing in Fish Out of Water is perfect. This is a tale of all kinds of relationships: between families, friends, and those of the romantic variety. Throughout the book, these relationships have all sorts of issues, and some are resolved while others are not. But seriously, this book was really, really good. Reading it wasn't boring or uninteresting; it's one of those books you read and don't really want to put down. Was it perfect? No. I had a few issues with it, and there were some things that happened that I was kind of iffy on, but at the core, this was a good book. Natalie Whipple's writing was great, and like I said before, I will so totally be reading more (aka all) of her books after this.Now, I know this review makes this book seem like a little guppy instead of a big, beautiful goldfish. That's because this review is an inaccurate display of how I feel about this book, and I was a bad blogger who read this book a couple months ago and am only writing my review now. (Oopsie oops, bad Rachel, bad.) So let me tell you why you should read Fish Out of Water.For starters, there's a strong protagonist who's POV isn't obnoxious. And we get to see her character develop in numerous ways, which is a bonus. There is a SHIP, which is fitting for a fishy, watery novel. Dylan is not just any love interest, but a flawed one who makes mistakes and is far from perfect (not that Mika is Miss Perfect herself, either). Aside from the romance, there are other strong ships, which are found in Mika's friends and family. There are fun little fishy facts and references. And, yeah, there are a few mentions of The Princess Bride if you like that sort of thing. (I hate that movie, so.) And then there's Betty, who is a strong character I don't see a lot of in books: she's older, she's sweet and sour, and she's losing her memory and, well, falling apart.Please, swim on over to your bookstore or web browser and buy this book. Fish Out of Water is a wave-making, super adorable, excellent little contemporary that deals with some tough subjects and has its seriousness but is, at the whole of sea, a read that's pure enjoyment. Read it. Enjoy it. Love it. Then maybe get a pet goldfish because you're going to really want one.I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, and that in no way sways my opinion of the book.

  • Mieneke
    2018-10-16 13:14

    Natalie Whipple's Fish Out of Water rather caught me by surprise. I’d been interested in the book based on the publisher’s marketing copy, so I requested a review copy and I’d expected to be at least entertained by the book. What I hadn't expected, was that the book drew me in to the extent that I actually stayed up until half three to finish it. (Thank you Wiebe for pulling morning duty and let me catch up on sleep the next day—well, later that day.) Mika's summer was completely engrossing and I just had to know how it would end.Mika is just a wonderful character. Her relationship with her parents is warm and loving, but not without conflict. Mika’s father is American and her mother is Japanese and her mixed heritage definitely affects Mika’s childhood and upbringing. While the conflict between Mika and her parents is seemingly due to Mika feeling cheated out off her perfect summer plans – and more – due to her parents’ decision to take in her grandmother, even here racial issues are indirectly responsible for the tense situation that arises. I like that Whipple clearly communicates the difficulties facing people of mixed race. She doesn't sugar-coat it and especially once Mika's grandmother Betty is added to the mix it becomes a clear theme in the book. Betty's open bigotry, which is hard to miss and is the more familiar depiction of what a racist is, is reflected by the reactions of Dylan's friends and family when they realise he and Mika are a couple. Far less 'in your face 'about their judgements as Betty, they represent the far more insidious problem of systemic racism, which is so ingrained in society that it's not as easy to spot as Betty's loudly proclaimed slurs.Mika's reactions to these prejudices and (micro) aggressions are a mixture of teeth-gnashing resignation, hurt, and anger. Mika is a far better person than I in the way she moves past her grandmother’s horrible behaviour and words; not letting the Alzheimer’s excuse Betty's behaviour, but softening the impact, and by finding out what lies behind her grandmother's animosity and racism coming to a place of love and forgiveness. Though while Mika seems able to forgive, those around her still stand up for her, something I thought was really important and how Whipple wrote those particular scenes was quite touching.The trouble and opposition facing interracial, and even inter-cultural, relationships is furthermore explored through the story arc of Mika’s best friend Shreya, daughter of immigrant parents from India, who have held closely to their traditions and who plan traditional futures for their children. They even go as far as disowning one of their children and shunning them when they bring home a white partner, threatening to do the same to their other children if they contact their ostracised sibling. Shreya’s fear, hurt, and inner conflict about how to proceed are heart-breaking. Shreya was perhaps my favourite character after Mika and I loved her story arc.Of course, Fish Out of Water is not just about family, prejudices, and friendships, there is romance as well; quite an adorable one at that too. I really liked how Whipple developed the rapport between Mika and Dylan. This certainly wasn’t love at first sight and perhaps not even at thirtieth. They both have baggage and need to do some growing up, but I liked how they were real with each other from the start even if they didn’t share everything about their lives from the get go, which only made it more realistic to me. And it made the ending even sweeter. Dylan, like Mika and Shreya has an interesting development throughout the novel, one that I really enjoyed as well.Fish Out of Water was a highly entertaining story, but one that touched on hard themes as well and did so with grace. Mika’s story shows the importance of family, by blood or by choice, and that loving them and being loved by them isn’t always easy. Fish Out of Water was my first Natalie Whipple book, but hopefully it won’t be my last.This book was provided for review by the publisher.

  • Zarina
    2018-10-28 19:17 reading a series of poignant but mentally draining adult novels around terminal illness, I was ready to be distracted by a light and fluffy read and Fish Out of Water perfectly fitted that bill. I admit that the cover initially did make this book come across a bit childish, but when I read the blurb I realised that rather than a middle grade read this was the young adult romance I needed to lift my spirits.Mika Arlington is the daughter of two marine biologists and it shows; obsessed with sea life she not only works in a pet store during the holidays, but her entire summer will be revolving around her coveted internship at the aquarium. However, when Mika's grandmother Betty appears on their doorstep it seems that her amazing summer is over before it has even truly began.Betty has Alzheimer's and with no money to take care of herself she has decided to move in with her son, Mika's father, and his family. The thing is, Betty doesn't get along with her son and Mika has not even met her until now – and for good reason too. Betty was horrible after her son fell in love with a Japanese woman, her racist profanities fractioning their relationship for what seemed beyond repair. And in her current muddled mental state, she hasn't gotten any better.Suddenly Mika's summer revolves around taking care of her difficult grandmother instead of the fish at the aquarium. And to make matters worse, her sanctuary at the pet store is thrown in uproar too when the owner's nephew Dylan starts working there as well, who is, if possible even more stubborn than her grandmother.Fish Out of Water was an utterly delightful read; the perfect pick-me-up after a hectic work week. Once again I was reminded to not judge a book by its cover (which, by the way, would've looked fantastic displaying just the title without actually visualising the fish) but instead let the blurb guide me, which was a much better indication of the brilliant story hiding within its pages. Protagonist Mika was an instantly likeable and quirky character, one that as a reader you cannot help but fall in love with, even when perhaps at times she gets a little too caught up in her own issues to pay proper attention to her friends. It's not very nice, but it is very realistic in the life of a teenager – they tend to believe the universe revolves around them, after all.Predictably, but not any less exciting because of it, romantic sparks soon started to fly back and forth between her and Dylan and even though I haven't been a teenager for a very long time, the descriptions of the bad boy made even me fall in love with him, and my heart fluttered for the blossoming romance between the two.For the most part this was a charming book to dream away with, but author Natalie Whipple didn't shy away from covering some heavy issues that sadly still prevail in today's day and age, including racism, prejudice and social classes, to name but a few. It's harrowing that people still face such horrible judgements simply for where they were born and how much money they have access to, oftentimes not because of anything they did themselves, and I hope that excellent novels such as this one shining a light on the issues will urge people to be more accepting. After all, we're all the same on the inside.Fish Out of Water is the perfect young adult treat for fans of the sweet romance novels from Jennifer E. Smith, with the added quirkiness of Rainbow Rowell and the emotional punch of John Green – so basically a triple whammy of all that is brilliant in YA fiction right now.

  • Rachel Marie
    2018-10-16 16:03

    This review first appears onI loved this story. It was cute, and fun, and may have been fluffy but it totally worked. I loved the characters, and the diversity, and the setting, and how perfectly everything was portrayed. Our main character is Mika. Mika loves fish. Her parents are marine biologists at the Aquarium, where she is hoping to get an internship over the summer, in addition to her job at the pet shop. But suddenly, her perfect summer ends up not-so-perfect. Her grandmother Betty shows up. The grandmother Mika has never seen because she's racist against Mika's Japanese mother. The grandmother who now has Alzheimer's and oh, guess who gets to watch her during the summer? To make matters worse, her boss's nephew is working at the pet shop, and he's more than kind of a jerk. I loved Mika. Mika has her passion, and she doesn't care if anyone else thinks it's weird. I also found her pretty smart and mature for her age. Her schpiel about how "if it's true goldfish have such a short memory, shouldn't we make every memory a good one?" and how she later learned to apply that to her grandmother really stuck with me. Yeah, Mika has her moments of acting out, of overreacting, of basically being a dumb teenager. But she also realizes it, and tries to keep it from happening again. And I mean, she's pretty entitled to her feeling. Between her grandmother and Dylan, she's dealing with a lot. Once Dylan gets over his entitlement and arrogance, he was a pretty decent guy. He makes mistakes, but he also learns from them. I do tend to like my hate-then-love romances, and this one was done pretty well. I wasn't particularily swooned by him, although he was still pretty hot. But this is more than just a romance. I mentioned the diversity, and this one deals with it so well. Not just having diverse characters, but showcasing what it's like, and also the issues that still go on, even though we like to think they don't. From Mika and her mom dealing with racism from her own grandmother, to her friend Shreya and her Indian parents' old-fashioned ways. (I mean, duh I have a little more love for Indian characters, I'm biased after all. But also, so much food! I was hungry by the end of it. Seriously. Raging for some butter chicken and naan right now.)Mika also deals with the big issues, like her grandmother's Alzheimer's and how to care for someone like that. It's hard, but I admire Mika and how she dealt with that. Sure, you have some of your typical romance cliches, especially at the end but I was totally sucked in to the story by this point. If you love contemporary, then this is the book for you. But don't be fooled: while it might seem like a fluffy romance, it deals with so much more than that. I loved it. I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion

  • Laura
    2018-10-31 18:01

    Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....I blooming loved Fish Out of Water! This is the first book I have read my Natalie Whipple and she is a writing genius. Fish Out of Water refused to let me go, I was completely involved in Mika's story; I just could not get enough! Also how cute is the cover?! It got quite a few looks whilst I was reading it on the train. It really catches your eye (excuse the pun).Mika's summer is all planned out; it's going to be perfect, but the arrival of her never before seen Grandmother and grumpy Dylan at work mean that her summer is not going to go quite the way she had envisaged.So much is packed into this story, it deals with the issues of prejudice, relationships, illness, family drama, different cultures and more, but at the same time it is a really cute, really happy, lighthearted story that melted my heart. I grinned like a loon when I read that Mika is a fish fanatic as my boyfriend loves his fish and he was pleased to hear that I learnt a little bit about them in this, and I understand his love for them a bit better now. Mika is an instantly likeable character. She can hold her own and just seems happy and upbeat most of the time, but also has real life weaknesses, like we all do. Her best friends Shreya and Olivia are the ultimate best friends and her Mum and Dad are pretty kool parents, who are also marine biologists and partly where Mia gets her love of fish from. The title also obviously clearly relates to how we all at some time feel like a fish out of water, like we don't quite fit in, but we find our way in the end. Natalie tackles the themes of pride and prejudice really well in this book, it goes between race, social status and living up to people's expectations. Mika, who is half Japanese gets a lot of comments about her being exotic and people asking her where she is from, things that are actually in what people call the grey areas of racism, but they are still racist. She also has to deal with a lot of very nasty comments from her own Grandmother! It was definitely an area addressed really well by Natalie. I particularly enjoyed Mika and Dylan's love-hate relationship. It made for some fun reading, but it was so blooming clear that they had crazy chemistry! I could actually really relate to some of it and this is what is so great about this book as it is realistic and relatable in so many areas.I've heard a few people say they weren't that happy about the ending, but I loved it. It made my heart swell with happiness as to me it was the perfect happy ending.An absolutely brilliant, happy, uplifting story that you 100% need to read!

  • Michelle (Much Loved Books)
    2018-11-12 19:05

    When Natalie put the call out looking for early reviews I did not hesitate in completing the form, and crossing my fingers that UK entries were accepted. A few weeks later I got an email with a copy of Fish Out of Water for review, and I wanted to drop everything to make a start on it.Fish Out of Water follows Mika as she spends her summer dealing with a new employee at her work, an absent grandmother who has dementia, and to top it all off, her best friend moving.Mika Works at AnimalZone's Aquatics, and had plans to join her parents during the summer, and work at Monterey Bay Aquarium, however the arrival of her Grandmother puts a halt to these plans, and Mika find herself being a babysitter for her Grandmother who she has never met before, and who is extremely racist. Not only is Mika having to deal with her Grandmother, she also has an arrogant co-worker, the nephew of her boss, to deal with too.When I began reading Fish Out of Water I wondered what the book was about, and obviously with the whole marine biologist as parents, and the slight obsession with fish, you can see how this title links with the story. However as the book progressed I actually got the meaning of the book. Mika literally feels like a fish out of water in a lot of ways, with her relationship with her Grandmother and her illness, with her friends and feeling abandoned by them, and also with Dylan and their budding friendship, even more so when she finds out where he came from.Fish Out of Water tackles a lot of issues within the pages, and I found it easy to become emotionally invested in Mika and really feel for what she has to deal with. My heart broke for the verbal abuse she received off her Grandmother, for feeling like her parents didn't really understand her, and for never really knowing where she stood with Dylan most of the time, although I really did want to kick his ass for some of the ways he treats Mika. We also see incidents of racism in various forms, one of Mika's best friends is Indian, and her parents refuse to acknowledge her or her brother over having a non-Indian girlfriend.Mika is a strong, resilient person, she is smart, and is a fish expert (I love how she rescues one to take home), and is genuinely a nice person. and even though she does get worked up and upset over things, she doesn't let it stop her, and even the people she doesn't really like much end up finding a place in her heart. Fish Out of Water was a refreshing change to my current reading habits and I thoroughly enjoyed every page, I even need to get a copy once it's released for my shelves. Whether your a fish person or not, you need to read this book.

  • Jessica Brooks
    2018-10-18 14:55

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.FISH OUT OF WATER was a breath of fresh air. The characters were diverse, the difficulty in being accepted when BEING diverse was addressed (many times), there was compassion, frustration, girlfriend fun, a hot guy, great food, and a gorgeous location (Monterey, California, and the surrounding areas, which Natalie wrote so perfectly that I felt like I was there again, walking down Cannery Row as a local, not a tourist). The more I try to figure out what to say about FOoW, the less words I can find to do so. Along with the whole diversity/acceptance thing, I guess I'd say it's about learning that, sometimes, you end up needing and falling in love with people you never even knew you needed (or were afraid to need); and that, when your heart's involved in this process, there's no telling how you're going to respond. Love love loved it, all of the characters (Betty especially), and the fishy facts as well. Oh, and I almost forgot the perfect love for The Princess Bride. How can you not like a character who loves that movie?This book's a keeper, guys, and well worth getting your (ahem) fins on. *Note: I'd say this is higher YA due to sex and swearing.

  • Trisha
    2018-10-24 14:02

    We are fight or flight creatures. It might not be the best way to cope, but sometimes it's the easiest."This is a tough story. It's all about love and all it's forms. Best friends, parents to children, children to parents, relationships and everything in between. It's a great, real reflection of actual life.but because of that, it's tough. I'm not 100% sold that every message in the book is true - or true to every circumstance. But the story was interesting and I did like the two main characters.

  • Jana
    2018-10-16 18:17

    3.5*The publisher kindly provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.This was a fun and very quick read, an enjoyable, summery romance, ideal to read either in summer, or, like I did, on one of the first sunny days of the year, just when the rays of the sun start to warm you up a bit. I really liked the main character and I enjoyed the more serious storyline with the grandmother that's added to the romance. The romance itself was okay, although I'm still not quite sure what to make of Dylan despite the ending :D

  • Jennifer Jenkins
    2018-10-27 15:51

    FISH OUT OF WATER is a story about a Japanese-American girl whose summer turns to shambles when her racist, Alzheimer’s, grandmother shows up on her doorstep and a spoiled rich-kid named Dylan invades her pet store work place.This is a love story. But the premise is so three deminsional that the reader is faced with a myriad of conflicts that all lead to the same, well-crafted point. Love is diverse and sometimes hurtful, but worth it in the end.

  • Carley
    2018-11-13 13:08

    I sat down to start reading this book, and 5 hours later I was done without even realizing it. I just HAD to find out how things turned out for Mika. I enjoyed the story line, and the comparison Whipple made between the goldfish and Alzheimers. Watching Mika grow and change as she was facing the different obstacles that came into her life had me wishing for the best for her.

  • Kim
    2018-11-12 18:06

    I really REALLY LOVED this book. It is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Fish out of water put my heart on a roller coaster ride. I love ever single bit/word/letter/everything about it. 9.9/10!!!It is very good-AWESOME actually. READ IT!!!!!!!

  • Closet Readers
    2018-11-05 15:07

    Natalie whipple managed to totally reel me in…

  • Kara
    2018-10-29 18:54

    This was pretty adorable, actually. Review soon! But I definitely recommend it.

  • Shannon
    2018-11-01 12:53

    Oh. So. Let. Down. This book is so great. Love the characters and the layers and the plot and the thinking and the learning and the growing. SO much goodness and of course we have to throw in premarital, teenage sex. Why? WHY? SERIOUSLY WHY!!! Cheap and cliche.

  • Mindy
    2018-10-26 19:17


  • Cate
    2018-10-17 14:05

    This is one of my absolute favourite books!! It's a fun read, but also makes you think about life and relationships, and what's really important.

  • Karin Bengtsson
    2018-11-04 17:16

    Mycket gulligare än den låter på beskrivningen. Eller kanske - funkar mycket bättre än den lite fåniga beskrivningen. Slutkonflikten känns dock lite obegriplig.

  • Liz
    2018-10-29 19:16

    4.5/5This book. I did not know how much I needed this book right now. After the horror that was my exams I really wanted a book that would just make me feel better, and this was it. This was the exact book I needed, and I am so glad I waited until now to read it. I loved practically all the main characters. Mika was awesome. I liked that she was so passionate about fish and marine biology and I could understand how disappointed and upset she was about losing her internship to look after her grandmother, Betty. She had been waiting for so long for that opportunity to arise and she had to give it up for some woman she had only just met. And this was a woman who had basically disowned her son for marrying a Japanese woman instead of someone white, who insulted her and made racist comments and was horrible to her whole family - I honestly don’t know if I could have adjusted the way Mika did. Her grandmother had Alzheimer’s as well, which I think was depicted pretty well in the book (though I have never had a close family member with Alzheimer’s so I don’t have a lot to compare to). It was an awful illness and you could see how frustrating it was not just for Mika and her family, but for Betty herself. I loved the way Mika slowly began to start caring for her grandmother and became closer to her (and vice versa). She had an internal struggle; she couldn’t stand her grandmother’s racist and backwards attitude but at the same time, it was her grandmother, and she was sick, and she didn’t want to lash out and make her even more ill. And in Betty’s more lucid days, Mika could tell that Betty no longer truly meant some of the things she said, but that didn't make it any less horrible to hear, so a lot of the time Mika was unsure of what to do. It was interesting to see how accustomed she had become to have Betty in her life and how much things had changed from the beginning of the book. Dylan, well. He was the new employee at AnimalZone, where Mika worked, and her boss’s nephew. I didn’t like him at first, but you weren’t supposed to. He grew on me though. Oh did he grow on me. I completely loved him by the end. He really wanted to change, to not be the spoilt rich boy he was before and to actually make something of his life through his own efforts. He was trying so hard! To be better, to learn from his uncle (who was like, the world’s greatest boss), to be someone Mika could rely on. He made a few mistakes along the way (that note could not have been more vague. And I know he didn’t know Mika had this fear of people leaving her [which I thought was portrayed very well in the book] and I know she may have doubted him too soon, but seriously, write a more detailed note!). The romance was so cute I wanted to cry. It started off as a sort of love-hate relationship that developed into the most adorable thing ever. These characters definitely had chemistry and ah! I loved it. I really liked Mika’s friends too. Shreya had her own problems (which were very similar to what happened to Mika’s mum and dad) concerning the fact that her parents had disowned her brother. She turned to Mika when she didn’t have anywhere else to go and they both supported each other through their respective issues, along with their other friend Olivia, and I really like the way their friendship was portrayed. They all really cared about other and it was nice to see such strong friendships. While there was some tension between the friends sometimes, it wasn’t over the top and dramatic or cat-fighty like you see in films where it’s like the creators think cat-fights are the only way teenage girls know how to behave - uh, no, film people. Do some research. Plot-wise, I sort of predicted the drama-y bit that happened towards the end but I still really enjoyed reading those scenes, especially the part where Mika and her grandmother bonded. I also think that the issues in this book were covered really well. Things weren’t sugar coated, or made extreme. It seemed like really people dealing with issues that could really happen and I liked that. I also liked reading about how each character developed - everyone had changed a little by the end, but Mika and Dylan especially. Mika had gotten over her fears, I think, and Dylan - well he was just an all-round better person. I also loved the way this book ended because ugh, it was so cute. I am such a sucker for these cute romances, I can’t even tell you. Overall, I really, really loved this book. It’s an absolutely perfect read for summer. Recommended to all contemp fans and people starting out in the genre.

  • Ella Zegarra
    2018-10-29 20:06

    También en: El Extraño Gato del CuentoTengo una capacidad impresionante para comprometerme con algo y no cumplirlo a tiempo. ¿Será algún talento? Si no lo es debería considerarse porque ser tan incumplida no es algo natural… Natalie Whimple publicó este año Fish Out of Water, libro que me provocó el mismo sentimiento que los libros de Kody Keplinger.Fish Out of Water nos trae la historia de Mika (se pronuncia como se lee, al menos en español), hija de una pareja interracial, padre norteamericano madre japonesa. Sé que no suelo hablar específicamente de los personajes en mis reseñas, casi nunca les cuento la trama, pero esta vez haré un ligerísimo cambio ya que una de las premisas de la historia, tanto la principal como las secundarias, giran alrededor del racismo y las costumbres de algunos países.Quizá lo hice parecer un poco aburrido y/o adulta pero no lo es, la historia es narrada de manera rápida y entretenida. Es mi primer libro de Natalie Whimple y ha sido bastante grato.La historia comenzó de manera sencilla: chica conoce chico, chico y chica se caen mal. Sinceramente pensé que no me entretendría tanto porque en el momento que lo leía estaba saliendo de muchos libros que me dejaron bastante contenta. ¿Qué fue lo que hizo que esta historia resaltara? Como mencioné más arriba el hecho que la escritora incluyera de manera importante el racismo, sobre todo porque para USA es como que su marca, es lo que los resalta. En Lies We Tell Ourselves nos habló el racismo de blancos a negros, en Fish Out of Water es de norteamericanos a inmigrantes y también de inmigrantes que intentan conservar su cultura y no mezclarse con los blancos. Los seres humanos tenemos una obsesión por hacernos la vida imposible.En este cuadro en el que Mika ha tenido que vivir con los comentarios de ser “Exótica” pero sin necesariamente haber llevado una vida acosada por racistas, entra su abuela con principios de Alzheimer, a la cual nunca había visto. Y resulta ser una persona no muy asequible con nada que sea de fuera de USA.Me gustan mucho estos libros que a primera vista parecen ser uno más del montón pero que te llegan a sorprender en su manera de hablarte un tema bastante serio y que quizá haga entender a muchas personas sobre el racismo. Otra cosa que también me gustó es que Natalie Whimple pudo haberse quedado con solo dos etnias y tener un libro bueno pero se las arregló aunque sea solo en pequeños detalles, agregar a otras. O al menos mencionar que no todos los de Asia son chinos.Siempre se me ha hecho extraño/curioso ese racismo con los asiáticos, tanto en USA como en Europa es bastante fuerte. Se me hace raro porque, aquí en Perú la población asiáticos es bastante grande y nunca he sido testigo o haya conocido de ningún tipo de racismo contra ellos. Quiero decir, ¡en Perú hemos tenido un Presidente descendiente de japoneses! Supongo que el racismo más marcado, salvaje y absurdo es propio de países primer mundistas.¿Por qué mencioné a Kody Keplinger arriba? Fish Out of Water es un libro Young Adult con roces al New Adult, entonces… Quiero aclarar que no hay nada explícito, es solo que, no sé, es difícil de explicar, imagina a tu hermana más chica hablar de sexo o a alguien que le tengas demasiado cariño y engrías y sientes que nunca crecerá. No es malo y tampoco está mal hablar de sexo, pero hay que aceptar que es un poquito chocante. He leído cosas muchísimo más explícitas es solo que creo que cuando me dicen que es un libro Young Adult tengo pre-programado en mi cerebro que será un libro de arcoíris y unicornios.¿Algo malo/que criticar? La versión que yo leí era un ARC así que de repente ya lo cambiaron en la versión final pero sentí que había unos cuantos signos de exclamación (!) de más, no como en The Lost Boys, eso sí.Me gustó mucho Fish Out of Water, sin duda los libros de Natalie Whimple entran a mi TBR.Twitter || Blog || Pinterest || Tumblr || Instagram || Facebook

  • Ashley
    2018-10-15 19:02

    Originally posted here: is having the summer of her life. She has a good job at the local pet store, she is interning with her parents at the aquarium, she is happy. Then a new guy, Dylan, starts at work and he doesn’t care about the store and that effects her because she cares and if you’re going to do a job, you do it well. And, if things couldn’t get worse, her grandmother appears on her door step. Her very racist grandmother.It is Mika’s dad’s mom and we quickly find out that Mika’s dad is not close to his family, for reasons she’s not even fully aware of. As the reader we quickly find out on of the reasons is the fact that Mika’s grandmother, Betty, does not approve of the fact he married a Japanese woman and the fact the Mika looks just like her mother. Mika wants to fight this and state that she’s actually a lot like her father, but she knows it’s futile.Mom prepared me for prejudice from strangers, not from my own blood. How am I supposed to handle this?–eARC page 35Mika doesn’t want to be helping her grandmother and she makes that clear to her grandmother with her tone and attitude. It’s actually a bit hard to read because although you understand where Mika is coming from, you also understand where her grandmother is coming from. Her grandmother might be racist and a horrible person; however, she is still someone who wants to be loved. Mika tries to spend a lot of time caring for her goldfish, the one thing she sees as a constant in her life. Until she realizes how much goldfish and her grandmother are a lot alike. What’s the point in loving something if it’s going to forget about you?Then, there is the guy. Dylan, who while he’s an asshole, he does try. Fake relationship trope is one of my favorite things ever and Whipple does a fresh take on it. Mika does not want to be involved, but because she has a sweet spot she does agree to help him. What I enjoyed out of it was her father’s reaction, I found him to be hilarious throughout the novel, and when he finds out about Dylan his reaction is priceless.“A guy?” Dad says with too much interest. “How did you meet a guy who has access to Cypress Point? Are you dating him? Can I get in on this?”– eARC page 114Originally, for the longest time, I never felt overly sympathetic for Dylan, I can see why Mika did. Particularly for part of their golf date. And then, there is a particular scene where he poors his heart out to her and I’m too busy crying over it Fish Out of Water on my lunch break and I’m having all these feels about a boy I did not expect to be sympathetic for.My heart also lurched when Mika had a moment that holding a grudge at her grandmother wasn’t going to get Mika anywhere. It was easier to forgive her and apologize. And oh, my heart during the apology. Mika had so much grown through when her grandmother first showed up to the end of the book. She not only grew when it came to her grandmother, but also her relationship with her parents, her friends, and even how she viewed love.My only complaint would be there is a side story with one of Mika’s bffs and I would have loved to see more resolution with her; however, I understand that the real world isn’t always tied neatly with a bow and I believe that Whipple highlighted that well. Including how the book ended in general, even though I wanted more of Mika and Dylan, I get it. I get that their ending is perfect for them. Natalie Whipple is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is smart and full of realistic characters. And Fish Out of Water is one of her strongest yet.

  • Amanda
    2018-10-31 14:08

    I've had my review copy of this book for about a month now, and while the release is still a little ways off, I wanted to take my time getting this up because I wanted it to be right. It's only recently that I've come to enjoy realistic fiction, books without superpowers or imaginary worlds with great battles; I like to submerge myself in science fiction and fantasy novels, and part of the reason why is that I rarely found a realistic novel that, well, felt real to me. Even books like Hold Still, 13 Reasons Why, and The Fault in Our Stars (all of which I loved, by the way) are stories that don't belong to the everyday; yes, they happen, but I don't consider these types of stories as things that occur on a regular basis to the average person; they are exceptions, and, yes, they are real and heartbreaking and wonderful. But what Natalie Whipple has delivered is a moment of truth. Mika (and that's Meeka, not Micah) finally gets the opportunity to work at the Aquarium with her marine biologist parents when two strangers bring all her plans crashing down. Dylan is the new guy at work, but he's also the boss's hot troubled nephew with more than a few issues, but Dylan's not even the worst of Mika's problems. When an old woman she's never seen before shows up on her doorstep, Mika thinks she must have the wrong address, but Betty Arlington turns out to be Mika's estranged grandmother who has no money, no home, and a developing case of Alzheimer's. Torn from her summer internship and caught between the two people she wants nothing to do with, Mika's life becomes an emotional roller-coaster that feels all too familiar.I wanted to read this book because I have followed Natalie Whipple's journey online for years and have become a huge fan of all her work, and I wasn't the slightest bit disappointed when I cracked this book open; of course, it doesn't hurt that she references The Princess Bride, like, a lot.While I don't have a relative with Alzheimer's and I haven't fallen in love with a bad boy, I connected with this story so much more than I thought possible. From fights with parents and the fear of falling in love for the first time to quoting movies with best friends and hating the way the world works, this book nails what it is to be human, to have family, to struggle with why people are the way they are. It is real, and it is raw, and it is a great story about acceptance in a world with far too little of it. Whipple shows us what it is to keep swimming when all we want to do is give in, to fight for the things and the people we love and believe in rather than living a life of regrets, and to never give up on anyone, especially those we call family.Fish Out of Water is a must-read for anyone who has ever lived, laughed, loved, lied, or lost, and I cannot recommend it enough.