The blurb makes this sound like a generic summer teenage thing when it really should just say “Boy falls in love with a half-fish boy, the end.”
This is such a weird, funny, heartbreaking little book about a boy whose family moves to an island surrounded by magical fish that can cure your whatever. AND THEN HE MEETS A BOY WHO IS HALF FISH.
And their relationship is what carries the book and what makes it different than Summer Romance With A Side of Sick Brother. Teeth (the fishboy) has a responsible, bigbrotherly relationship with the magical fish, the same magical fish the eating of whom is curing Rudy’s brother’s cystic fibrosis. So, you know. Whose life is more valuable than whose.
Rudy and Teeth are easy, jolly friends and then they are complicated friends, they are both such damaged people and I hate what contemporary YA has done to the adjective ‘damaged’ because there are damaged heroes and then there are damaged heroes, you know? These two are the realistic, interesting sort of damaged, not the brooding, sexy damaged with mussed hair.
Book gave me much feels and also I laughed a bunch, is basically all I want out of life these days.