Magical, Bright Story – My Book Review




Middle Grade / Magical Realism / Fantasy

Publisher: Atmosphere Press

Page Count: 290 pages

Publication Date: November 22, 2021

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“Age never matters; these things are about bravery and heart.”

Thirteen-year-old Condi Bloom’s dream is to learn to surf, but her laid-back beach town isn’t what it used to be. Big resort owners are taking over the cove. Worse, someone’s harassing the Beachlings, the mysterious old women living in the cliffs off Windy Hollow, a lonely tower of rock that people say is haunted. When a new surfer boy named Trustin shows up in town and invites Condi to a forbidden surfing spot, she’s swept into an extraordinary underwater adventure, where a surprising encounter with Koan, the Riddlemaster of the Sea, changes her life. Along with Trustin, his quirky twin and a mystical aquamarine surfboard, Condi learns the untold stories of the Beachlings, uncovering the timeless secrets of Windy Hollow.

Ebbing and flowing between reality and magic, times past and present, The Aquamarine Surfboard by Kellye Abernathy is a riveting beach tale about opening up to mystery, building community when and where you can — and discovering the ocean is filled with magic—the really BIG kind—the kind that changes the world

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“Nothing gold can stay.”

There are some books you wish you’d held in hand because the story is literary perfection. The Aquamarine Surfboard is a brilliant debut book by author Kellye Abernathy.

I literally cannot give all the accolades to this story and author this book deserves. It swept me away in the best sense of literary fiction from the beginning to the end. Abernathy created two worlds where spirits exist in the sea. Then you throw into this mix the beauty of spirits coming back to help the living.

This story is about Condi who dreams of surfing. Along the way she meets Trustin, who when she attempts to save him is transported to a magical world under the sea. In the Pacific seaside town is a mix of people from older ladies who live on cliffs, to everyday people, to the rich people who want to develop the town into a tourist destination. This story is about learning to come together to help those in need. It’s about learning through what Condi goes through that we all must stand up for others. Most definitely, Abernathy created this story around the main concept of kindness.

This book is geared toward middle-grade readers. It touches on the topics of grief and abuse and finding a path of kindness and grace in your life.

This book is a fun, bright read. The story and how Abernathy presents it is what makes this book magical and memorable. The Aquamarine Surfboard is the perfect blend of magic, mystery, and coming of age-for girls. This book would be a good addition to a classroom for kids to read on their own and explore their own takeaways from the book amongst themselves. Who knows maybe it might change their perspectives on life.

Kellye Abernathy’s passions are writing and serving trauma survivors as a yoga teacher and practical life skills advocate. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Kansas. Her home is in land-locked Plano, Texas—where she’s dreaming of her next trip to the sea!
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