It's an unsettled summer for Sirena. Back in Texas, her family's splitting apart, but here in Rhode Island, at the cottage of her aunt, it's a different world. There are long days at the beach and intriguing encounters with Pilot, the lifeguard with shamanic skills. Sirena explores her obsession with Pilot and discovers his mysterious--almost magical--gifts.
I hate to say this, but I didn't enjoy The Lifeguard at all. It didn't work for me in any way.
The story is about a girl, Sirena, who visits her aunt in Rhode Island because of her parents' impending divorce. She meets a lifeguard named Pilot and some strange occurrences begin.
Okay, let me begin with the characters. I couldn't connect with them on any level for some reason. I didn't dislike them but I didn't particularly like them either. I just couldn't get myself to really care about what happened to them. Even when Sirena is injured, I wasn't particularly interested in what happened to her.
Another thing that bothered me was the title. It made it seem like the lifeguard, Pilot, was going to be a major player in the events, but he had few appearances. And the ones he did make were brief and seemed...impersonal. As if he was just a vague supporting character than the major character that I thought he would be.
The events of the story seemed...vague at best. I was never entirely sure what was going on. It just felt underdeveloped, almost. Especially when the whole magic thing came into play (more on that later). I could never quite grasp what exactly the whole story was about in the first place. I can't put the sense I got from the book into words, but the entire plot felt... insubstantial. Besides that, the story was bizarre. It felt barely strung together; I just didn't get it at all. It seemed like random events were thrown together without a sense of connection in the plot.
Then, there's the magic. I didn't feel like it was mixed into the story very well. It felt like the magic was just thrown in as an afterthought, rather than woven in as a central part of the story. It featured once, maybe twice, then nobody ever mentioned it again.
The ending was okay, but, since I didn't get anything that came before it, it doesn't say much for the book. I think it was supposed to tie everything together neatly, but I still had a million and one questions. Most importantly: What exactly is going on in this book?
I really hate to write a bad review, but I didn't like this book at all. As much as I would love to say that this was great, it really wasn't. Maybe it's just not my type of book. But, overall, I would hesitate to recommend this to anyone.
Sorry, but: 2/5
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy