The Sea Knows My Name
Clementine Fowler learned the hard way that to survive in a man’s world, she must be strong and invulnerable. Unfortunately, Thea Fowler is nothing like her mother, no matter how hard she tries. When a handsome sailor sees her softness as a gift, Thea chooses her own life, a life away from her overbearing mother. But it doesn’t take long for the betrayal to come, and if she’s going to survive, she has to find her strength. On her own terms.
Thea is finding her own way without her mother, but it’s not that simple. She loves her mother and wants to make her proud, even as she wants her freedom. I really liked how their relationship was written; hate and love were a constant push and pull from both of them. The lyrical prose took some getting used to, it wasn’t hard to understand, just different. The story is told from two different times, a mystery that unfolds throughout the book. More than anything, I appreciate how, in a world where women are fighting to be heard and told we must be strong, this story tells us that it’s okay to be gentle and sensitive and that we all have our own strength.
|Penguin Young Readers Group
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