This is such a pleasant surprise. It’s a light read even though it did tackle several serious issues, it’s diverse and at the same time a fun summer read. I like how invested Mika is in her job at the pet shop and her aspiration to be just like her parents who are marine biologists. I admire her passion for fishes, yes fishes because it’s not just goldfish she adores and I could imagine their home surrounded by aquariums filled with those beautiful and colorful aquatic creatures.
It’s also noteworthy, her peculiar talent on sand sculpture which she shares with her best friend, Shreya. I like that she can hold her own when pitted against mean, condescending girls like London and that she can be snarky when necessary.
But despite Mika’s awesome qualities, I also appreciate that she isn’t perfect. She could be selfish and immature especially upon the arrival of her grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s and her insufferable co-worker, Dylan, who also happens to be her boss’ nephew messing up her perfect summer plans.
Overall, it was enjoyable, sometimes also touching, and quite swoony too. It wouldn’t hurt to see a movie version. ☺️