Monday, May 17, 2010
Review : Sea by Heidi Kling
Synopsis: Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother's disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen-year old California girl Sienna Jones reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father's volunteer team to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphaned boy, 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 won't her dad tell her the truth about her mother's plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to finding answers.
And Sea's real adventure begins.
Thoughts: What a nice, refreshing read. I really enjoyed it. Sea takes you through Sienna's journey of self-discovery.
Ever since her mother's tragic death, Sienna hasn't been herself. She knows it, her dad knows it and her friends know it. How can she be the same? It's like her world turned upside down.
On the morning of her 15th birthday, Sienna's father surprises her with a once in a lifetime trip to Indonesia. While there, she will be helping other children cope with the death of their families during the tsunami. At first, Sienna is reluctant, but then agrees to go.
While at the orphanage, Sienna meets Deni, a boy dealing with his own personal demons. As their relationship grows, so does Sienna. She begins to feel like old self again. But, as you know, some summer romances don't last forever. How will it work out if they're from different worlds?
One of my favorite things about Sea is the culture it brings. The author knew what she was talking about when she was describing Indonesia. I'm not going to lie, some of the customs made me cringe. I think a few verbal "ewwws" actually left my lips. But I also think it's important to know how other societies function. It reminds you how much we, Americans, have compared to third world countries.
The description of Indonesia was dead on. I felt like I was there. I love that in a book. It's not too much to bore you, but not so little that you can't visuaize it. The perfect mix!
The romance between Sienna and Deni was absolutely adorable. The "courting standards/guidelines" in Indonesia are extremely different compared to the US. It was nice to see how two people from different worlds build their relationship. My favorite aspect about these two is how they help each other grow. They give each other strength and courage. Both have lost loved ones, yet they also help the other fill a missing void.
Overally, I really enjoyed reading Sea. I love the message Sea brings. You can find beauty even in the face of disaster, love, meaning and more importantly, yourself. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great summer read. Sea doesn't hit shelves till June 10th, but I highly recommend checking it out when it does. You won't be disappointed!