Oh, Fred. How did this happen? How did you end up there? Were you too aloof? Too nice? Well, maybe not nice, but she has a conscience. Fred, the Grumpy Mermaid is trying to help Prince Artur and his dad, King Mekkan with a problem. A solution is found, but is it the right one for the Undersea Folk? Fred grows in Swimming Without A Net. In the first Fred The Mermaid book, I feel like Fred spent a lot of time reacting to the situations around her. In Swimming Without A Net, Fred is actively participating in mer-people's lives. She makes decisions that are not entirely selfish. She grows as a person and the end of this second novel I find a bit bittersweet.
I really enjoyed the new characters introduced in Swimming Without A Net. I thought the scenes with Thomas and the King were hilarious. I loved Tennian. I thought she was funny. At first she comes off as the more typical mermaid, but then you see she is stubborn and more like Fred than either of them may admit. I also liked that Fred had a girlfriend, someone she could relate to, not just because she was also a mermaid. I liked that Fred cared about her happiness.
I am eager to see how the trilogy ends. I want to know what happens to the Undersea Folk. I also want to know about Fred. Where do her choices lead her? Will she be happy? Will she ever meet her father? I have a feeling yes, but I could be wrong. I was thoroughly captivated by MaryJanice Davidson's writing. I read the short novel easily in two days. Davidson gave me exactly what I wanted from Fred's second book and I am full of expectation for the third.