Monday, April 2, 2012

Review: Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

Aimee Friedman
Hardcover, 292 pages
Scholastic inc
June 1, 2009

“I watched the land for as long as I could, until it disappeared behind its shawl of mist, and until I had it fixed in my mind - unchanged, mysterious and beautiful” 

Sixteen-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 was a light fun read. Full of summer romance and a bit of mystery!

Miranda, an intelligent sixteen year old from New York must go to Selkie Island, a southern island that her mother had summered on as a child. After the death of her grandmother she and her mother must go to get their summer home ready to sell. when Miranda arrives she is met with a mix of southern bells, lush island surroundings and a book that holds a legend to Selkie island that may not be a legend at all. 

Sea Change was a quick read at only 292 pages. It had a quick paced love story and an underlying mythological plot. Miranda's character was likable. She was a very logical thinker and had no time for silly things such as romance and myths. I also liked Leo, He was a sweet guy and seemed very genuine. The others in the book were less likable, Miranda's mother seemed like two different characters. She was different in almost every scene of the book. The other summer residents of Silkie Island were portrayed as shallow and having low character which oddly enough did not take away from the story. They were at times even funny.


Aimee Friedman has a true gift of writing. Her words are beautiful and her descriptions of Silkie Island make me feel like I was there myself. She has a way of transporting the world around you and I truly felt like I was there with Miranda on the beach in the summer air. 


Overall Sea change was likable. It was a quick light read that I did enjoy. Although the book gave little evidence to any myth at all and the ending did not confirm anything, I felt the book was a cute summer love story. I do wish there was a second book that would elaborate on the myths of Silkie Island and of its residents. I give Sea Change 3 Hoots! If you're looking for a quick read to take on the beach, this one is for you! 


  
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