Sunday, July 05, 2009

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

Amazon.com: 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?

If I could be on Selkie Island I would never want summer to end. What a history of sea creatures, heirs and southern hospitality this island has. Magnificent.

I loved Miranda, me and her, we'd get along. It was tough watching her struggle to fit in with the other girls on the island, the southern belles. But it was nice seeing her find a little group to hang out with. I really liked that she wasn't dropped into the story and she had this nice backstory of a boy that had once been more than a friend and a best friend that was no longer even a friend. It made Miranda seem more realistic.

Like others have said it would have been nice to just have a touch more about the mermaid/merman lore of the island, it was hinted at repeatedly but nothing ever was for sure. I wanted that for sureness. But I found Miranda and Leo's summer love really fun and interesting. I do wonder if their story will continue?

I also loved Miranda's family history, her parents story, her grandmother's story, that definitely helped take the story to another level. It helped create this beautiful world for the characters to exist in. This is definitely a wonderful summer story!

Sea Change was released June 1st.
Genre: Young Adult
4/5 Stars
ARC provided by publisher

14 comments:

  1. Sounds great. I am so glad you reviewed it. I'll be looking this one up!

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  2. I've been noticing this on the shelf at work. I'll keep it in mind - thanks for your review.

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  3. I finished this one yesterday. I loved it!!

    I think that the author didn't quite want to give away whether or not the mermaid/merman lore was true....not yet.

    There is a sequel brewing to this (this came from the author herself!) so maybe we'll find out more soon.

    And Leo- did you love him as much as I did?

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  4. sandi- I thought I heard something about a sequel but I couldn't remember for sure. Oh yayyaayy! Leo was *swoon*

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  5. This sounds really good.

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  6. I have been wanting to pick this one up! Thanks for the review! :)

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  7. Sounds like a nice read! I wasn't sure, but Maybe I'll give it a try :)

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  8. glad you enjoyed it :)

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  9. I love this cover. I need to read something from Aimee Friedman soon! :)

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  10. Like the sound of this, and great cover!

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  11. This sounds good. Selkie Island sounds wonderful.

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  12. I read this too ^_^
    Its great!

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  13. Anonymous11:51 PM

    this book was AMAZING i really hope there is a sequel soon because the anticipation is getting to me!

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