Rummanah Aasi
     Summer is a time for relaxation, shedding your old skin, as well as discovering and embracing any changes that come your way. If a summer romance is also included, then that’s an additional bonus. I came across a very sweet, uncomplicated romance for YA readers called Sea Change by Aimee Friedman.

Description: Miranda leaves her native New York to join her mother on Selkie Island in Georgia, where they’ve inherited her grandmother’s summer home. Miranda is a science nerd and not your average girly girl. She feels insecure and uncomfortable around the fashionable, boy-crazy girls and handsome but shallow beaus among the prominent families that surround her on the island. During her solitary nightly beach walk, she meets beautiful, mysterious Leo, a local, and feels unaccountably drawn to him. Leo has a secret and so does Miranda’s family. Will Miranda uncover them even if it means she has to embrace the illogical?

Review: I enjoyed this book. I really liked Miranda and could connect to her plight. Readers are introduced to the folklore surrounding Selkie Island, which is what kept me reading. I wish that the author could have elaborated a bit more on the folklore. While the plot and Leo’s mysterious past are quite predictable, I did like the blending and equal balance of the supernatural, romance, and mystery genres. I would recommend this to girls who are looking for a quite clean YA romance book.

Rating: 3 stars

Word of caution: There is a hint of sex, but it’s very small that you could possibly read over it and not notice. There is some language and a few scenes of underage drinking. I would recommend it for 7th grade and up.

If you like this book, try: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
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