Sea Change

Sea Change

by Aimee Friedman
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Sea Change 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 143 reviews.
Khadija32 More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of those books that you glimpse in the bookstore but don't buy because your doubtful about it. Well wipe all doubts away peeps because its actually worth a read. A good long fast page turning read that leaves you wanting even more. The book starts and ends with a ferry ride. On one Miranda is sceptical about going and on the other is reluctant to leave yet happy she was there. Of all sixteen year old heroins I've read about i think Miranda is one of my favorites. She's very easy to relate to for any girl teenage or otherwise, because her journey on Selkie marks a journey we've all taken or will eventually take. The journey to finding ones self, it all starts somewhere. And Selkie is where it starts for Miranda. When you get farther into the book you find yourself enveloped and consumed by the mystery of Selkie Island and i know about a million questions went threw my head. Then there is Leo the mysterious boy that Miranda is enthralled with. He definitely plays a part in both her finding out who she is and the great mystery surrounding Selkie Island. And of course there is a bit of romance thrown in. My favorite way to look at it is that when Miranda arrived on Selkie she was this girl who doubted herself and was shy, who didn't have the greatest sense of who she was. And when she left Selkie this amazing transformation had happened somewhere between the lines like a hermit crab coming out of its shell. The greatest thing about the book though i don't often say this was the ending. It leaves you to come to your own conclusions instead of telling you what happened. And this leaves a lasting affect that makes you want more. 10 Reasons you need to read this book: 1. Easy to relate to characters you will fall in love with on the spot 2. Interesting plot that keeps you on your toes 3. A new mystery, you get to make your own conclusions in the end 4. Leo just about beats Edward Cullen on the 'fwaaa' meter 5. Its the perfect read for summer (i can offer an explanation for that one) 6. It leaves you wanting more 7. Your enveloped in the mystery and magic of Selkie Island 8. If I ever make a list of YA books all young adults should read this will be in the top 10 9. It's one of those books you can't forget no matter how hard you try 10. You will never say that you regret having read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best freaking book I have ever read. Aimee, MAKE A SEQUEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Courtney-Nicole More than 1 year ago
To start this review off, the book isn't worth your time. I thought it was going to be a good book, but it turned out to be something that I started reading, then stopped because I found something else to read, and went back to when I didn't have anything else. When Miranda's grandmother (who she's never met) dies, Miranda and her mother drop everything and go to Selkie Island so they can clean up her house and sell it. Here is where the story takes a turn toward bad. Miranda seems to lose her mind. First, she starts hanging out with people she NEVER would have before, she goes off to a beach alone and randomly starts talking to a boy she doesn't know (Leo). The main part of the story is the question of whether Leo is a merman or not, which is tells you on the COVER, basically giving a big part of the story away. This among other things pretty much ruined the story for me. One of the main things I didn't really like this book was the way it was written. The author could not seem to stop using the phrase "me and my mom," which drove me crazy. I don't usually correct other people's grammar, but if you're a writer AND you have an editor, you could at least use the proper syntax. Another thing about the story was that it seemed rushed. The characters weren't fully developed, certain scenes didn't make sense, and questions were never answered (I don't think there's going to be a second book). A lot of the tension created in the book seemed to just be there, and the romance was too over the top for me. And as someone else said, "And Miranda doesn't seem very smart, even though she tells us over and over that she's brilliant at science, she's also very immature." There were just too many things wrong in this book for me to give it a high rating.
Dana_W More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Could not put it down in fact. The cover art grabbed me, but when I read the cover flap, I was really drawn in. Mermaids and selkies. Interesting. The main character Miranda is like so many of us girls at her age. Feeling different than other girls around her, and insecure with boys she wants her periodic table and not to have to deal with socializing with the island's rich set. She wanted something and/or someone unique. Miranda sort of got her wish. Selkie island is a mysterious place with tons of local legends. It just may be that she is actually dating one of them. The story is a coming of age drama with some great mythology. This book drew me in and I could not put it down. I really hope the author will make it into a series. It would be great to see Leo, the hero again. The love story had a Romeo and Juliet feel to it. The charm Selkie island makes me want to revisit it again. Mermaids anyone? Read this book. It is perfect for summer, or anytime you just want a great love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there gonna be a sequel or what? Cause i really liked this book but it didnt answer any questions... it kind like ended in the middle of the story... :(
La_Femme_Readers More than 1 year ago
Sea Change was a sweet, feel-good type novel. From start to finish I was intrigued by the whole mystery surrounding Selkie island. Miranda, the main character, was a science loving, down-to-earth girl. I really liked her persona and automatically connected with her. She was very different compared to the other girly, easy-going girls. I liked that she had this tomboy vibe and didn't feel the need to change herself unless she wanted to. Now, the plot teased me with questions until the moment Leo arrived. I sort of forgot the mystery and just focused on his endearing, magnetic and charming ways. I seriously had butterflies whenever Miranda was around him. I felt like I knew exactly what Miranda was going through since Aimee did a great job expressing the emotions radiating off of their connection. Another aspect of the novel I enjoyed unraveling was the secrets behind Miranda's grandmother. It was exciting finding out about someone's history that was kept sealed for so many years. My only complaint was unfortunately the ending. It was a good and understandable way of ending the story. However, I wanted something more. I felt like their wasn't any closure since it was left open ended. Overall though, I really enjoyed this tale of romance, secrets and heart-melting discoveries. I recommend this book if you're looking for the perfect book to read on the beach. Trust me, you'll get lost in the story and the background sounds of the crashing waves will be icing on the cake!
Tori_J More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book by its cover and the review it got from this site. I don't feel the same as those who's reviews persuaded me to pick up this book. Now before I get too far I must admit I didn't actually finish this book BUT I had three chapters to go and I didn't feel like the story even started yet. The characters are not very detailed and not very complex. And after more than half way through the book the idea of this Leo character being a 'merman' was brought up once. The story seems to mostly be about some rich kids that vacation to the island at summer, kids that we are not supposed to like. And her mother and her mother's old boyfriend. Not exactly what I was looking for. You may feel different buy I wasn't impressed.
Ashlbee More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book less for what it is, and more because if what the series COULD be. This book was sort of like a set up for an even better story in the future, and the author has stated she intends to write a sequel, so I am holding out a lot of hope. From a character standpoint, while some people have found them flat and derail the mother's change in character as random and ill-fitting, I don't agree. I think part of the point of this books is how people are greatly affected by their past, it utterly shapes who we are as people, and everyone, whether a brainy teenage girl or an all-business middle-aged mother, are constantly in the process of defining ourselves and re-inventing who we are. This story is hardly original though. It is the typical coming of age tale, young love, etc., but it toys with a good concept and the reader is never really sure if the mystery it presents is fantastical and magical or not. Hence, I believe a sequel would be great. From a mystery standpoint, you'll be disappointed because none of the big AH HA! light bulb moments are expected, and the story is pretty slow for most of the book. If you are reading this book for the potential of mythical aquatic beings, merfolk, etc., this story balances on the precipce of whether they exist or not, and never falls one way or the other. HOWEVER, again, I think the sequel will delve into the magical. That is the impression I get. Overall, if you are considering this book, I would wait to see if, in fact, a sequel is written, read the sequel's reviews, and THEN decide if you want to read this book.
soccerxfreak More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. When I was little I loved mermaids and the ocean. This book was really good. I read it in like a day haha. It was pretty different than all the other books I have read, which I liked. I would reccommend this book to anyone! and you'll fall in love with Leo right away!
BookNerd28 More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written. I fell in love with the main character quickly and her narration pulled you in. Great, satisfying ending. A must read for the summer!
MyndiL 10 months ago
I love all things mermaid, therefore, I couldn't wait to read this book. I was expecting a book full of lore, and mystery, and sea creatures galore. While I got the first two, the last was sadly lacking. Luckily, that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. Instead of a book teeming with paranormal and fantasy aspects, I got a book with a great coming of age story, some mystery and a story of a mother and daughter finding ways to reconnect. I like the fact that the characters, especially those of Miranda and her mother, have depth and history. Miranda comes into the story with her own baggage that she's chosen to keep to herself. Her mom has a vast history with her own mother and the island on which the story takes place. I like that there's more to the story than a teenage girl going to a foreign (to her) place and meeting a hot boy. There is so much more going on beneath the surface and you find yourself invested in these characters and their lives. My only criticism is that there needs to be more. I would love to see what happens after that final ferry ride. I would love to see if Miranda talks to Linda, if her mom continues her rekindled relationships on the island, and of course what happens with Miranda and the people she met on the island. The promise of a future is there...but I'm greedy and I want more. I'd even happily read a sequel or novella! If you enjoy YA novels, especially those with some family drama, you'll enjoy this book. If you enjoy books with a sense of mystery and a hint at some fantasy lore, you'll enjoy this book.
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wordforteens More than 1 year ago
Sea Change was the perfect book for me to kick start my summer with. After all, how much more summer fun can you get then a book with mermaids?! (Er, mermen.) Miranda reminded me a bit of Temperance Brennan from Bones when the book first starts out. She's very science oriented, focused, all logic, ignoring the few emotions that flutter through her brain. Selkie Island - and more importantly, the very alluring Leo that comes with it. I liked Leo. He knew how to hide his secret and still manage to be awesome. I loved the side characters as well - CeeCee was entertaining (we all know a girl like that) and I'm a sucker for the 'English lord' type, so I liked the scenes with T.J., even though he SO wasn't right for Miranda. I didn't like how fast Miranda moved with both boys. Even with the actions of the girls around her, it was out of character. She went from seeming like this brilliant potential student to an immature, uncertain girl who was just going to do whatever those around her did. And as much as I like Leo, and got the whole chemistry bit, I hate when characters just plop into love. But I felt as if Leo and I were beyond dating. We were in antoher category now, one that couldn't really be defined. That's your first official date with him. Um. No.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved it!
Starryblue More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful summer read. I thought this Sea Change was amazing. Normally I'm not drawn toward books that deal with mythology about sea creatures, but for some reason this book just captivated my interest. I hope there will be a sequel to Sea Change because I did not like the result of Miranda and Leo's relationship. It's probably just me but I prefer to read happy ever endings in books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sea change was really good i thought it need more book
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Many are drawn to Selkie Island. Few know why. The whirlwind of events that brought sixteen-year-old Miranda Merchant to the island, away from her sensible summer plans in New York City, are unlikely but they make enough sense. Her mother has inherited a house that needs to be gone through and emptied. Logical enough. And so much more realistic than any fairytale happy ending. But Selkie Island is a messy place that quickly blurs the lines between past and present and, more startling for Miranda, between reality and legend. Lore about mythical creatures and her own family's past pervade the island filling the dense air with mystery and a charge Miranda's logical mind can't grasp. Soon enough everything Miranda thought she knew about her own family, her basic reality, and love is turned upside down when she meets Leo, a local boy with his own breezy, otherworldly charm. Miranda will have to sort through the facts, and the myths, to find the truth and maybe even her own happy ending in Sea Change (2009) by Aimee Friedman. Sea Change is subtle and exquisite. Thoroughly grounded in Miranda's scientific, logical head the story practically vibrates with tension as she works to reconcile what her mind knows to be impossible with what her heart might already know to be true. Friedman has already written a lot of great books, some of them bestsellers, but this one might be her best to date. Friedman seamlessly integrates scientific references, seaside lore, and family to create a clever, romantic book with delightful characters and a setting evocative enough that some readers might finish this book only to find sand between their toes. On top of all that, Miranda is a smart, grounded heroine who has a strong sense of self even at her lowest. No vampire's here, but anyone looking for a thinking girl's answer to Twilight need look no further. Possible Pairings: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley, Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson, Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson, Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan, Swoon at Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt, How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would be better if it was longer if it doesnt have a sequel then it really isnt worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Idk why but i can tell this romance story could have great potential
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
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