Aimee Friedman's Sea Change was absolutely amazing! To put this in perspective, I read a review on a blog about a teen age girl, a mysterious guy and sea lore. This book was set in Indonesia, and I was interested in reading something about somewhere else. I went out to buy it and purchased the wrong book, a book set off the coast of Georgia!
Well, I need to review 52 books this year, and I already paid for it. I decided to read it. The author gives detailed descriptions of everything, something that can sometimes bother me. And I did find the first chapter cumbersome for this reason. But by the end of the first chapter the book had really started to take off. I liked the protagonist and several of the characters really. The initial attraction and romance were authentic to the say the least. This story really came to life for me.
But it was more than that. I hadn't written in years, and when I watched Twilight it was a "Beth" message. Stephanie Meyer's writing style does have some large flaws, but that book spoke to me in such a way that I sat down and wrote a full length manuscript in the course of six weeks. Because of this, I've read the whole series about once a month since I watched the movie, (especially when I have writer's block). As you can imagine, I'm now sick of said series. Stiefvater's Shiver spoke to me in much the same way, but it's hard to re-read because in all of its poetic beauty, it has a slow pace. The reason I found Sea Change to be absolutely endearing is because it's one of "those" books. I don't know if it was a "Beth" message or just the way the words were arranged on the page, or perhaps, the way the story came off the page, but it left me wanting to write. In fact, I was working on a scene I'd been having trouble with and rather than being blocked the problem became, I need to write. I can't put the book down long enough to write.
Just my thoughts, but check it out for yourself.
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