Author: Heidi R. Kling
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: June 10, 2010
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.
Sea is an emotional, and hopeful story that's just like the actual sea; Sea is just as perfect, and just as turbulent as the sea. Heidi R. Kling, with a beautiful and lyrical prose, takes readers on a nose-dive to a world of complete devastation, innocence, and--against all circumstances--hope and love.
Kling will take readers on a complex and vivid journey of grief, loss, and healing. Kling's characters are real and diverse but each character contributes a unique undercurrent to the novel. Indonesia, the setting for most of Sea is also authenticated by the littering of Indonesian words throughout. Some of the flashbacks in Sea happen in California and the comparison between both worlds are shatteringly different. The traditions and the cultural differences are really distinct as the settings alternate, creating a whole new level of really seeing the discrepancy between the two worlds.
The romance in the novel is an interesting aspect because it's hard to pine for either guy; both have their good and bad qualities. Sea has feelings for both Spider and Deni and the chemistry and relationship between Sea and both guys is ultimately sweet, yet pure and real. For me, they are separated into two categories; Spider, the past, and Deni, the present...though who will be the future?
Reading Sea is as unforgettable as watching the sun set into the horizon of the sea. Completely, and utterly perfect. A+ =)
The Bottom Line: I dared to hope. I dared to live. And I dared to love...all in this one book.
My reaction/enjoyment: 10/10
Total Score: 100/100 (A+) !!!This is one of the FIVE books that hold the title: The Holy Grail - Beholder of the Perfect 100!!!