Swimming Lessons for a Mermaid

Alt title: Ineoreul Wihan Suyeonggyosil

Ch: 96
2019 - 2021
4.247 out of 5 from 257 votes
Rank #4,277
Swimming Lessons for a Mermaid

Choa is a mermaid who can't swim! Discouraged, she trades the ocean for a pair of human legs. But when the star of the high school swim team finds out her secret, he offers her the chance to prove her family wrong: free swimming lessons for a mermaid!

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Sometimes frustrating, but overall cute. A light-hearted and cliche story about mermaids and swimmers and the sweet romance that forms between them. Story: 9 The premise of the story begins with a young mermaid Choa who lives on the land because she can't swim. She always yearns to one day go back to the sea where the rest of her mermaid family but can't due to her impediment. One day, after years of carefully hiding her secret, a boy on the swim team, Soo, accidentally discovers her identity. Fortunately, Soo's a super nice guy and they form an unexpected friendship as he teaches her to swim.  I did like the fact that her whole mermaid thing isn't kept a secret from the ML because I know some stories that do that and it just gets really obnoxious how slow they are. Unfortunately, the denseness of the characters lies in the romance aspect.  At first, I was really thwarted by the love triangle. Words cannot express how much I despise love triangles and the second ML was her long-lost childhood best friend, like come on. So eventually, I just did not want to read anymore. But when I returned to it later, it definitely does get better as they clear up the misunderstandings and sort out their feelings. There's no major animosity between the three of them, which makes it much more bearable.  Other than that though, I think the plot of the story is fine. It's interesting seeing Choa overcome herself because of the unique challenges her situation poses for her. It's also nice seeing her form different relationships with side characters as she gets over them. It's a cliche plot without a doubt but not the worst I've seen.   Art: 8.5  Art is pretty good, if on the simpler side. If you're looking for something cute, straightforward, and easy to read, this is definitely it. The style definitely suits the storytelling and the overall vibe of the webtoon.  Characters: 8 Both Choa and Soo are helplessly slow when it comes to their feelings. They're really cute but they're suuupper dense to the point where it can get frustrating to read. They each have a very one-track mind and live in oblivion while denying the other's feelings for them. But other than that, I would say the characters are enjoyable to read about for the most part. They each have a distinct personality and a solid development as they overcome challenges, though I admit it can feel very stagnant at times.   Overall: 8.5  I think it's a good read when you can binge it. Reading it chapter by chapter was quite maddening, frankly, but now that it's complete, I definitely think it's much easier to read. All in all, it's worth at least one read if you're looking for a rom-com that's light and entertaining.  

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