Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

March 25, 2009 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

friedmanMiranda and her divorced mother go to Selkie Island to settle the estate of her recently deceased grandmother. Miranda, a student at the Bronx High School of Science, has two parents who are doctors and is, by her own admission, a science wonk. Yet, even before landing on the island, she is drawn into the world of the supernatural when the ferry boat captain tells her to beware of the mermans and mermaids that live there.

While investigating her grandmother’s antebellum house, Miranda comes upon an old book that tells her about the legends and lore of the island.  Her feet are barely wet when she meets, successively, two young hulks who pursue her: a debonair Southern charmer and a mysterious local boy who may or may not be a merman.

Friedman uses the chic-lit formula of presenting a smart, but socially innocent young woman who gets caught up in the first stages of romance. There is the requisite in-group of spoiled girls who spend most of their time fixating on make-up and clothes while chasing preppie young men. There is also a mysterious love affair from Miranda’s mother’s past. Pervading this is the mysterious Selkie Island itself, where fog and rip tides affect the summer visitors and the local residents at will. There are few surprises in this book, and the constant insertion of possible mythic aquatic creatures stretches the reader’s incredulity and makes pragmatic Miranda’s suspension of proof unreal.

Lillian Hecker (Pel)

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