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Tuesday, June 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?

While there were a few things about Sea Change that bothered me, overall I greatly enjoyed it. The story was interesting and unique, holding my attention from beginning to end.

My major complaint about the book, one of the only ones for that matter, was the characters. Miranda and the other teens on Selkie islands were likeable, but not believable. From the start of the book I had trouble seeing Miranda as a sixteen-year-old girl. She seemed more like she was thirteen than sixteen and when the other minor characters were introduced, I felt the same way. The girls didn’t seem mature enough to be juniors and seniors. Luckily, Leo grounded the story well. Unlike the other teens who acted younger than their age, he was far more mature than a boy of seventeen and balanced out their personalities nicely.

In her standard way, Friedman ends the book with a few open ends, leaving the reader satisfied but the story open. The only complaint I have about the ending was that I felt the lore of the island, specifically Leo, was never really explained or resolved. But, then again, when are legends ever fully explained?

With its June release, Sea Change will be out just in time for summer. I can definitely see this book becoming a great pool side read with its fun summer romance and island setting.

3.5 Stars!

If you like this, you might like... Cruel Summer by Alyson Noël or Mermaid Park by Beth Mayall


  1. I can't wait to read this one. It looks so good and the cover is gorgeous. Great review!

  2. The cover alone draws you in - great review, too!


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