Written by Aimee Friedman
Published June, 2009 by Point
Genres: Mermaids / Selkies, Romance
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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?
Is there a sequel in the works? I NEED IT NOW. Sea Change was an amazing read. I enjoyed it from start to finish.
The only thing that annoyed me a little about Sea Change was Miranda’s slow uptake on how the mystery was unravelling itself before her eyes. I found myself deciphering the clues way before she did. For someone who is meant to be smart, I found this a little unbelievable… BUT, I do believe it was necessary to keep the story flowing and going at the same pace it had begun at.
It isn’t the type of story that needs a huge climactic ending to satisfy the reader. Sea Change keeps a languid, breezy pace that will make you feel as if you’re on Selkie Island yourself. We get time to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the place as well as immersing ourself in the personalities of the locals and the island’s history.
When Miranda leaves the island to return to New York in the end, you really mourn her departure because you feel as if you’re leaving, too. Selkie Island is definitely a place I’d love to live!
The relationship between Miranda and Leo was fantastic. After reading so many YA romances, the effect of romantic scenes seems to have dulled for me, but Sea Change really surprised me! I felt those giddy feelings once more, like I did when I first started reading the genre years ago! You really want to cheer them on.
I am so frustrated (in a good way!) that Leo’s ‘secret’ was left open-ended. Was he or wasn’t he? In most cases, you would be left feeling cheated after 250+ pages of mystery, but I feel it actually added to the story. I am wishing and hoping that Aimee Friedman decides to continue this story/series as I’d like to see Leo and Miranda re-unite.
Recommended to: Lovers of sweet summer romances tinged with mystery and a little family history.