Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Grade: Low A

Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother's accidental disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen year old California girl Sienna "Sea" Jones reluctantly travels with her father's volunteer team to six months post-tsunami Indonesia. During her stay at the orphanage, she meets scarred and soulful Deni who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met.

She knows they can't be together, so why can't she stay away from him? And what about her old-best-friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why is her psychiatrist father so secretive about her mother's plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to the truth. And Sea's real adventure begins.

Character Development: 6/10
Originality: 7/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Voice: 7/10
Plot: 7/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 53/ 70

Obtained: Borrowed from Jill.

Age Appropriate? PG-13
Cussing: Barely any

Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: Smoking

Sexual Content: None

Disturbing Images/ Violence: Grief, tsunami


Sea was a wonderful summer read. Sienna's story was a flow of ups and downs meshing together to create something beautiful (though a little cliched).

Initially, Sienna's character was somewhat annoying, but throughout the course of the novel she changed. Yes... Sea is one of those "coming of age" stories everyone seems to love. I found Sienna's change one of the most compelling parts of the book.

Another fantastic aspect was the setting, which played such a huge role in the story. Sienna's Californian home was a part of her, just as Indonesia became after her visit. The imagery, culture, and emotion that the tragedy-stricken country held made it a living, breathing thing, and such a powerful factor of the book.

Unfortunately, the relationships Sienna formed in Indonesia put the relationships she held in California in the backseat, which was ultimately a downfall for the story. The reader learned so much about Deni, but so little about Spider. This unequal balance made the overall effect of the ending less impactful... especially because it was a bit predictable.

However, if you're looking to devour a summer read, and Sea seems something you'd be interested in, I would definitely give it a chance.

Heidi R. Kling


  1. nice review! i really really want to read this ;P

  2. This book's on my TBR and I'm really excited to read it! Great job explaining what you didn't like about it!

  3. Great Review! Thanks, I just moved this book onto my TBR list. :)


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