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The Lifeguard - Deborah Blumenthal Review as seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!I love the narrator in this book. She's a bit whiny, but what teenager isn't? Her story is very relatable and so easy to read. What makes it even better is that you can see her growth as you read. The story is very simple. It's about a teenage girl and it's about life. I really enjoyed reading it.I usually love books that are all about romance. I read more books based on romance than anything else. In this book, romance was not the key point in the plot and I still loved it. This novel was about growing up and learning new things about life and about yourself. It was very good in an inspirational way.It had a nice, steady pace to it. I never got lost in the time frame, like I have with some contemporary books. It was just a nice, short novel about the hardships in life and how you grow up as you least expect it. You could really read about Sirena learning about herself as she made friendships and got to know others in her aunt's town.This book as a magic to it, and within it. It's captivating and intriguing. It's simplicity makes it an even better read. It's got a minor paranormal concept that only adds to the book.The romance in this book is angsty in a adolescent way. Girl sees boy. Girl's intrigued by boy. Boy saves girl's life. Boy reciprocates feelings, but refuses to act on them out of fear of harming her. Typical? Definitely. But the way the author writes it makes it so much more. Pilot, Sirena's love interest, had me from the very beginning. As the story progresses, so does her infatuation and mine, in turn. He's a great character and the "drama" that separates them is resolved in a excellent and realistic way. It was a great, teenage romance.Another true character in this book is the ocean. It plays a huge role in everything that happens. I personally love going to the beach and swimming in the ocean. This novel brings everything I love and fear about it into words. The ocean is phenomenally written. It seems like everything that is caused by the ocean in this novel is fate.This book was very good. I enjoyed reading it.