Sea Change Review

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Before anything else today, I'd like to say a couple of really big thank-yous...

1) Kari at A Good Addiction has featured me today on her weekly post, Getting to Know the Little Guys. Thank you, Kari!

2) To everyone who sent me well-wishes and kind words after my home was broken into and robbed yesterday, I sincerely, sincerely thank you!

Ok, onto the good stuff now. I recently finished Sea Change, by Aimee Friedman so here's my review!

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?
Taken from GoodReads.

So, Sea Change follows the story of Miranda Merchant, spending the summer with her mother in her late grandmother, Isadora's, mansion on Selkie Island. There's tons of lore around the island about mermaids and mermen that live as ordinary people on land, but transform into mermaids when they touch the water. Miranda logically processes everything. She's newly single, spending time on an island with mysteries surrounding it, and feels completely out of place. Did I mention she was born with webbed toes? Having had it surgically removed, it definitely lends to her character being self-conscious. Without giving anything away, this story is one of friendship, love, trust, and opening your mind to infinite possibilities.

I was sent this book by an anonymous stranger, which after the events of yesterday is exceptionally creepy, but I was in love with the cover from the first second I saw it. Seriously...those blues? So pretty. It turns out that the writing was just as good as the book. While I've never read any of Aimee Friedman's work before, she has a clear and refreshing voice. She didn't make Miranda self-deprecating. She made her strong, and opinionated, and obstinate. I really enjoyed that. The only qualms I had with Sea Change is how suddenly characters changed. While it worked with the story, I enjoy reading backstory...but that's just me. I give this a 4.5 out of 5, and I would recommend it to anyone!


  1. Err...that is creepy. hehe. I also enjoyed the book.I found the writing flowed

  2. From a mysterious source? VERY cool.

    I'm grabbing your button :)

  3. Looks interest, I'll check it out.

    So, sorry to hear about your mishap yesterday. I hope everything worked out okay in the end.

    btw, I left you an award at my blog. You may have it already, but you deserve.

  4. I'm so sorry about your house being broken into-that's awful. I love the cover of the book, and it looks like a great read. I'm off to add it to my list right now. :)

  5. Adding it to my list! That's terrible about your house. Stupid people! Our home should be a haven and they went and ruined it for you. Hope everything gets worked out.

    Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Oh, God, that's just creepy-to get a book from an anonymous and then get robbed. Sorry to hear that...

    The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and it sounds really good.


  7. Looks like such a good book! I enjoy books to do with mermaids ans stuff. I agree that that is truly weird and I'm very sorry to hear about you getting robbed :(

  8. It sounds like a great story! Thanks for the review!

  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your house. I can't imagine how violated you must feel! And receiving a book from an anonymous cool! The cover is gorgeous and I love mermaids. Must buy this one!

  10. Anonymous stranger?? Hmmm, that's incredibly would they get your address? I hope everything is ok. Anyway, I loved this book too!! I'm glad you liked it!

  11. So glad you enjoyed SEA CHANGE, Melissa! Your thoughtful review means very much to me. I hope you enjoy my other books if you have a chance to pick them up!
    All best wishes,

  12. Sorry to hear about the break in - that must have been terrible for you! I hope you get everything sorted out as soon as possible & that they didn't take anything that can't be relpaced.

    Great review - I've not heard of this book before but I'll definitely be on the look out for it when it comes out in paperback :o)

  13. Great review, I adore the cover. And yes that's so creepy!!!

  14. Just stopping by after reading about your blog on A Good Addiction. I will be adding you to my google reader!
    Good to see someone from the mountain states. Don't come across us to often!

  15. I'm so sorry to hear that your house was broken into. Mine was too a couple of years ago while my family and I were sleeping. Our purses were stolen. It is a very scary feeling. Hope you are feeling better!

  16. Sorry to hear that your home was broken into. I hope nothing was taken and everyone is fine. It's so scary that things like that happen, so I hope you're doing well.

    Great review too! I've heard a lot of good things about Sea Change, but I have to say that the storyline never really intrigued me. I'm happy you enjoyed it.

  17. I really want to read this book! I've always loved things about mermaids. Thanks for the awesome review.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your break in. That must have been terrifying. I hope you are able to recover easily and that nothing too valuable was stolen.

  18. That's really scary that your house was broken into. Hope you're doing well.

    Sea Change does sound like a great book. Wonderful review!

  19. So sorry to hear about the break in! Glad you're okay.

    I've been waiting for this book from the library. I'm more anxious now! Thanks for the review.

    We're looking forward to posting tomorrow! Sorry about the delay. Who knew the snow storm would have such miserable timing!

  20. Ohh I totally understand house being robbed feeling. When I first moved into my house mine was robbed and I was so scared, even now I still get a bit freaked out.
    Sea change looks really good :)

  21. Very sorry about your house!!!

  22. Oh wow, I hope everything is okay now!!

  23. I just got this from the library and I am glad to see you loved it! Now I really can't wait to read it :)

  24. I really want to read this one, The cover is beautiful and is it just me or that guy looks a little bit like Rob Patz?


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