- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (June 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399251634
- ISBN-13: 978-0399251634
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.
Kit has been begging me to read SEA for months now. If you read her review, you'll know that this book has climbed to the top of her favorites list. It's certainly not that I didn't want to read it! In fact, I'm the one who went out and bought it. It's just that Kit has a problem. She likes to steal things. Well, not things, really.....just books.....MY books. She stole my copy of SEA, took it to ALA, and got Heidi to sign it. TO HER! So, now MY copy of SEA is now Kit's copy of SEA. But I'm not at all bitter....really!
Now that I finally was able to read it, I'm so thrilled to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed it! After reading so much #TeamDeni/#TeamSpider debate on Twitter, I thought this was going to be a light romance. And it is full of romance, but it's hardly light. Behind the romance, is a heartbreaking but beautiful story about devastation, loss, family, love and hope. Of course, as a parent, I loved reading the relationship between Sienna and her father. They had so much love for each other, even if they didn't always know how to express it. Their journey together was littered with pain and fear after the death of Sienna's mother, but they fought hard for each other, helping each other to move forward and build a new life together.
It was fascinating yet lamentable reading about the tragedy that happened to the people in Indonesia during and after the Tsunami. To think about all those children who were left orphaned, having to rely on people who may or may not have their best interests at heart, was overwhelming. Seeing the devastation though Sienna's eyes, it was almost like I was there. And it certainly has pushed me into wanting to do more to help people who need it the most.
But SEA was not a depressing book. Where there was sadness, there was also joy. The relationship that Sienna formed with Deni was so exciting to read. I loved traveling with them around the streets of Indonesia, riding on the back of Deni's motor, seeing the sights, smelling the flowers, and learning the legends and traditions of the people who live there. I did think that Sienna and Deni fell for each other a little quickly, but that tends to happen in the face of tragedy. And I do wish I had seen more of Spider, the boy from Sienna's hometown who I was rooting for the whole time. :) But overall, I thought SEA was a fantastic read with a perfect ending! I found myself thinking about it for days after I finished reading it!
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