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"An evocative setting, an air of mystery and some intriguing love interests for Miranda, a 16-year old budding scientist, will make Friedman's novel irresistible to romance fans." -Publishers Weekly "Romantic scenes and references to Shakespeare and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner abound." -School Library Journal

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Aimee Friedman is the New York Times bestselling author of Sea Change, The Year My Sister Got Lucky, South Beach, French Kiss, Hollywood Hills, A Novel Idea, and Breaking Up. Born and raised in Queens, Aimee now lives in Manhattan.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Point; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439922283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439922289
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,898,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an author of teen novels, as well as a book editor, living and working in New York City. NYC is where I was born, and have lived all my life, barring brief stints in glamorous Poughkeepsie, and (truly) sublime Aix-en-Provence, France. When I am not click-clacking on my trusty laptop or making pencil marks on manuscripts, I am happiest sharing good meals with good friends, losing myself in the pages of a thick novel, a poetry collection, or a magazine, exploring New York City on foot, browsing the Nanette Lepore boutique in SoHo, watching almost any kind of movie, laughing so hard my stomach hurts, and dancing around my room listening to (as of late) Ray Charles. Writing is my passion, and when I am away from my characters and stories, I miss them tremendously. I hope this blog (plog?) will give me a chance to connect with my readers, and see the world beyond the blank page.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Stein VINE VOICE on June 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Miranda Merchant of New York City is a girl of science, fact, and rational thought. So when she's introduced to the legends and myths of surrounding Selkie Island off Georgia's coast, her summer destination, she easily dismisses them. Why would a logical girl believe in the kraken and other such made up frivolities? Instead, she tries to focus on cleaning out her deceased grandmother's familial summer home and navigating the awkwardness of Southern formalities. But meeting Leo changes everything. Leo, the deeply mysterious local boy from the wrong side of the island, challenges all Miranda knows from friendship and love to her very perception of reality. But what happens when this scientist-in-the-making leans that what she dismissed as just stories of Selkie Island might actually be true and closer than she thinks?

Sea Change is a beautifully crafted mystical romance. My interest in this novel was piqued before I so much as read the summary because the cover art for Sea Change is some of the most beautiful and alluring I've ever seen. I'd classify this novel as mythological rather than paranormal, but there's no denying that the story, if not the characters, is magical. Friedman has a way of creating such a believable and likable heroine in Miranda; her affinity for logic, feelings of being the odd one out, and determination not to show her weaknesses make her particularly easy for me to relate to. There is a thick sense of mystery that pervades this story, especially surrounding Leo, which fueled my interest in this story further. The reader, along with Miranda, is kept guessing until the very end, and all the twists and hidden secrets maintain a high level of suspense and excitement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mint910 VINE VOICE on July 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If I could be on Selkie Island I would never want summer to end. What a history of sea creatures, heirs and southern hospitality this island has. Magnificent.

I loved Miranda, me and her, we'd get along. It was tough watching her struggle to fit in with the other girls on the island, the southern belles. But it was nice seeing her find a little group to hang out with. I really liked that she wasn't dropped into the story and she had this nice backstory of a boy that had once been more than a friend and a best friend that was no longer even a friend. It made Miranda seem more realistic.

Like others have said it would have been nice to just have a touch more about the mermaid/merman lore of the island, it was hinted at repeatedly but nothing ever was for sure. I wanted that for sureness. But I found Miranda and Leo's summer love really fun and interesting. I do wonder if their story will continue?

I also loved Miranda's family history, her parents story, her grandmother's story, that definitely helped take the story to another level. It helped create this beautiful world for the characters to exist in. This is definitely a wonderful summer story!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Most people think that mermaids and mermen, aka "Merfolk," are creatures of myth and legend and that they don't exist. But what if they do exist? We rooted for Ariel and her prince to live happily ever after, so with that in mind allow the fantastical aspect in your brain to take over for a moment and you have Aimee Friedman's newest book, SEA CHANGE. With an air of mystery and some romance, this book will suck you in with the cover alone. It's just gorgeous, foreshadowing things to come.

Miranda is spending the summer on Selkie Island, a small island off the Georgia Coast. She is helping her mom pack up the house her grandmother left to her mother when she died. You ask anyone who lives around there about Selkie Island and they can tell you all sorts of interesting local legends and lore.

The most interesting one is about the Merfolk. According to the legend, Captain McCloud fell in love with a mermaid, married her, and they lived on an island he named Selkie, which is the Scottish word for a creature than can turn from a seal into a human. They had several children, who took after their mother and were Merfolk - human on land and fish-like in the sea. Many of their descendants are still living on the Island today.

But Miranda is a girl of science who needs proof and knowledge to proceed forward. Did I mention she is headstrong and stubborn, as well? She is not one of the those girls that swoons at the sight of a gorgeous guy. But then she meets Leo......

There is something about Leo. He is not like the people that flock to the Island over the summer. Leo is a local - he lives on the Island year-round. Miranda is instantly drawn to him, but remember, she is a girl of science, and this so goes against her logical nature.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alex Rivas on March 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There's not much to say about this book. Granted, the description on it made me wanna go out and borrow it from the library, and good thing I did. I put time aside from doing other important things to read this book with the hope that it was really good. It starts off good, but from the middle towards the end it falls flat. I couldn't help but feel like I wasted my time reading this book after finishing the last page. I thought there would be a big reveal from Leo to Miranda, but there wasn't. In the end, her concrete proof of Leo being something not human comes from whatever she saw while she was drowning. Hardly solid proof for someone who's supposed to be so scientific and only believe in the solid results of experimentation. I guess it's a different kind of romance book but it wasn't good to me. And her mother practically changing personalities over night was slightly annoying.
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