A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers may be inspired to learn a bit more about archeology or the Mediterranean setting. Teens may also want to check out Suite Scarlett or 13 Little Blue Envelopes.
Coming-of-age themes as Clio goes on an adventure with her unreliable father, with whom she has a strained relationship.
Positive Role Models
The characters manage, for the most part, to be likable and flawed. Clio is both feisty and capable.
Violence & Scariness
Clio has accidents: She recalls being hit by a boat when she was a kid, and is stung by jellyfish on her current trip. Later in the book, pirates kidnap her at gunpoint.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing. Elsa, Clio's roommate, invites Aidan to spend the night with her.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The teens on the boat drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there isn't too much to worry about here beyond some kissing and underage drinking. There's also some family drama.
Is It Any Good?
All the details are well described and well woven together, and readers will find themselves engaged throughout Clio's journey at sea. There's a lot going on here, both in the background and foreground, from the strained relationship between Clio and her dad to his crew's mysterious mission off the coast of Italy. Readers will be there for Clio's first kiss -- and her dive through an old shipwreck. The author even creates a colorful backstory for Clio involving exotic childhood trips around the globe.
Readers will be guessing until the end about which characters they can trust. They will appreciate the ambitious premise and that the characters manage, for the most part, to be likable and flawed. There's a little something for everyone: adventure, romance, family drama -- even pirates!
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