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?
Sea Change is my sixth book by Aimee Friedman. I have always enjoyed her novels and Sea Change was no exception. Sea Change is set in the mysterious Selkie Island where Miranda’s mother grew up in. The landscape is expressed with vivid imagery and mixed together with the background of the island, made me feel as if I was right there. The story starts off slowly but there is a build up of suspense. Miranda is a logical person, she believes that there is a scientific explanation for everything. One day she meets Leo who is a genuinely nice guy who likes her not because of her roots or where she lives. As the days pass, Miranda can’t help falling for him. However, I think that with more interaction between the characters, their love for each other might have been more convincing.
There are also Miranda’s summer friends who are cliche, making me simply not care about them. Miranda’s mother’s sudden behaviour change was too fast to be believable. It made me frustrated because I did not understand her.
Readers will caught up in the intrigue Miranda questions everything she knows as she digs deeper into the history of the island and her family. I loved reading about the merfolk and other mythological creatures that are said to inhabit the island.
While I found the story slightly predictable, I still enjoyed it. The conclusion was satisfactory as if things were explained, readers might not get the postive happy ending they were hoping for. It gives us hope for Miranda and Leo, and hopefully, Aimee Friedman would write a companion to this novel which will tie up loose ends.
Sea Change is a beautiful love story with an air of mystery. It was a fun memorable summer read.
Silver Star (3.5/5 stars)