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Out of the Blue: The inside story of the unexpected rise and rapid fall of Liz Truss

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Mourning her mother, neglected by her father, and rejected by her first-ever girlfriend, Jaya is a vividly sketched, relatable character whose brave decisions encourage readers to embrace life and be true to themselves. This collection is an excursion to an island where almost two million travelers descend yearly on a population of 345 thousand natives.

Truss announced her resignation a day later, making her the shortest-serving prime minister in British history. The story follows Sean, a human who just got his heart broken by his boyfriend, and Ross, a merperson who hates humans and is sent to land with the mission of helping someone. Crest hating humans for being awful and whining about how he hates it; Sean moping about being dumped and scheming to get his ex back via rom-com tropes.In Los Angeles with a human body and a new name, Crest meets Sean, a human lifeguard whose boyfriend has recently dumped him. For me, though I loved the idea of a queer mermaid, and I was excited by the rep at large, this really wasn't the book for me. However, as much as I enjoyed the book, there were a couple things that I didn't like as much and that's the only reason I'm not giving it a higher rating. Sean and Ross start to get to know each other better, leading them to fake date to make Sean's now ex-boyfriend jealous enough to want him back; however, Ross has a secret: they're mer.

But sadly, Out of the Blue was a massive disappointment for me, and I had to struggle to finish its last part.

This chapter evokes its splendour with highly innovative designs that exemplify Tiffany’s savoir faire, such as blue cuprian elbaite tourmalines and diamonds set en tremblent in inverted settings that lend a sense of motion and texture to the creations. It was during this stage that her ministerial “rider” was said to include multiple espressos in a flat white-sized cup and a bottle of sauvignon blanc chilling at every overnight stay. But as the two spend more time together, and Crest’s perspective on humans begins to change, they’ll soon be torn between two worlds. Jason June tells the story of the merfolk Crest who has to spend one month on land (under the name Ross) and help a human, as part of the Journey, an ancient mer tradition.

Helen Mitsios is a poet, author, literary critic, and editor of the groundbreaking anthologies New Japanese Voices: The Best Contemporary Fiction from Japan, which was twice listed both as a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and “Summer Reading” selection; also Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs: The Best Short Stories from Japan; and most recently Beneath the Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary Icelandic Poetry. I thought the ending was nicely open, with a final scene that reminded me very much of a romcom movie’s dramatic moment (again, on theme for filmmaker Sean), but my friend found it too open, to the point they saw it as a break up.

Splashy, voicey, and prescient, this fish-out-of-water tale (pun intended) is the perfect rom-com to have in your beach bag this summer. I think this was the case in June's other YA novel, but there's a pervasive physicality to this story.

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