Rating: 4 stars
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?
I had gotten Sea Change a while back, and for some odd reason hadn’t read it yet. I regret this so much, as Sea Change was just awesome. It was the perfect read for a summer day.
I absolutely love mermaids, and when I find a good mermaid book, it simply makes my day. I absolutely loved the plot. It really kept you guessing. I loved the world Friedman created with Selkie Island. On page 1, you’re cast right into Miranda’s world and it really gave the story a sense of mystery. Selkie Island seemed like a place I really would love, I wish it were real.
I really liked some of the characters, and some of the others just bugged me. Some of them just fell flat. Miranda’s mom didn’t really seem real as a character. Any emotions she gave off felt really fake to me. Leo was my favorite character of the book. He was just a great character overall with many layers. I really liked Miranda. She was smart and had a really fun voice. I loved all her science facts.
Leo and Miranda’s relationship was adorable, but I felt it was lacking some substance. It just felt a bit rushed and it got so intense so fast. I would’ve liked to see a bit more getting to the high point in their relationship, to make it seem real.
This is the perfect summer read. Sea Change has its flaws, but makes up for them with its fun, cute plot. This is a book I would definately suggest, especially for a lazy day at the beach.