Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

16-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she's happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate.

There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship...and reality.

Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?

SEA CHANGE is a novel that I was waiting for a long time, full of excitement and interest. When I finally got it, I dove into the story, hoping for a happy love story...however, that's not exactly what I got, and that surprised me, but did not disappoint.

Miranda Merchant, granddaughter of the owner of The Mariner, a vacation house on Selkie Island, is a great character. Her curiosity made the story interesting and kept the plot moving. Her lack of being able to really fit in made the story believable and made her character more relatable.

Following Miranda and reading about her thoughts about her mother's sudden change in interests and the mysterious boy from Fisherman's Village made the novel incredibly interesting. The developing romance between Miranda and Leo was the perfect addition to the novel. And the secrets Leo carried with him only made you want to learn more about him.

While I did enjoy the overall presence of the novel, there were still some disappointments. The beginning of the novel moved slowly for me, as did some other portions of the novel and that put me down a little bit. Other than that, I really liked it.

SEA CHANGE is not your average love story. And it doesn't end the way you'd expect it to, but still, it's a fun and interesting read.


Writing: 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Characters: 2/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 3/5


Watching said...

awww, this sounds like this one story I remember reading *thinks* it's called Seven Tears Into the Sea...It sounds cool :D

Natascha De Marco said...

I want to read this one. Love the cover