Sunday, 20 February 2011

Book Review: Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

Title: Sea Change
Series: N/A
Author: Aimee Friedman
Publisher:  Point
Publication Date: June 2010
Pages: 320
Special Features
ISBN: 978-0439922302 

'Sixteen-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her (now ex) boyfriend, she's happy to be spending the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate. 

On the lush, beautiful island, Miranda finds new friends and a community with a 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, romance...and reality. 

Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?'

Sea Change is a story about love, fantasy and also becoming a new person. Miranda Merchant and her mother go to Selkie Island to sort out Miranda's deceased Grandmother's holiday home, but Miranda discovers the truth of her Grandmother, and also witnesses her own change to becoming a woman, she begins to care about how she is portrayed to others, and finds unlikely friendship in some people she would never even consider looking at normally. But Miranda also finds something she never thought she would find, not just on holiday but ever. She begins to fall in love with the mysterious Leo, a permanent resident on the island, and someone who is looked down upon by the Summer visitors. But she knows there is more to him than meets the eye, but refuses to believe any of the clues or warnings she has found warning her of the mer-folk.

What I thought of the cover?
To me the cover is enchanting, and i fell in love with it the first time i saw it. The cover obviously shows that it is a form of romance. The hint of blue adds to the effect of not just the Island that Miranda visits, but also the mythical water creatures that feature in this novel.
I wouldn't be able to guess what the book is fully about by the cover, but i understand it much more after reading the book.

What I thought of the title?
Like most titles i believe they dont give much away about the book. But i like this title and have came up with my own theory to why it has been named what it has. Sea Change, meaning that when the mermaids/men go into the water in their human form they then CHANGE into their true form.

The Characters
To me the characters are quite cliche but worked well. Like most female protagonist's in books Miranda is a shy, nerdish girl who doesn't particually fit in with her peers, Leo the male protagonist carries of the known cliche of being a mythical creatures, and s very mysterious, but this is a trait Leo needs to be him.

What I thought of the book?
This book is wonderfully amazing and enchanting. A great romance but also fantasy book, for all YA lovers. It will appeal to most people, but will have aspects all will love.
Thanks to Sea Change I was brought back into my book reading obsession. Throughout the reading process of the book I was constantly in need to read it, and was constantly caught reading it in the middle of class, something which i do not recommend, but i was just so addicted to it. Now ive finished it I feel slightly lost.

I give this book a...


  1. I agree with the cover! Very beautiful and it drew me to your post right away. I'm excited to add this title to my must read collection!

  2. Great cover:) I have never read this book, Its look good:)