You can read my review here from last summer, or read below to learn more!
"Sixteen-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her (now ex) boyfriend, she's happy to be spending the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate.
On the lush, beautiful island, Miranda finds new friends and a community with a mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, romance...and reality.
Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?"
Aimee Friedman is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young adults, including South Beach, French Kiss, Hollywood Hills, A Novel Idea, and, most recently, The Year My Sister Got Lucky. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Aimee attended the Bronx High School of Science, but she always wanted to be a writer, never a scientist. Though she does not know how to swim, she loves living on the island of Manhattan, where she also works as a book editor.
And now...here are five summer questions for Aimee!
TCR: Is Selkie Island based off of a real island, or did you come up with it all on your own?
AF: I wish Selkie Island were real, but I made it up! Much of Selkie, however, was inspired by the beautiful, lush Sea Islands that lie off America’s southern coast, such as Hilton Head Island, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, and more. When I started the book, I spent some time on one of those islands— Tybee Island—where I got to sample the local cuisine, hang out on the beach, and talk to folks who lived or vacationed there. In some ways, Selkie is a more mysterious, secluded version of Tybee…a place where strange, impossible things might really happen.
TCR: Is there any chance that a sequel to Sea Change will be headed our way soon?
AF: I can’t tell you how many people have asked me for a sequel! I did not write Sea
Change with any further books in mind—I was happy with the ending I gave Leo and Miranda. But a sequel isn’t entirely out of the question. I’ll let you know if one may be happening!
TCR: Are you more of a beach person, or a pool person?
AF: Definitely beach. Like Miranda, I find the ocean both soothing and mysterious. I love to stretch out on the sand and listen to the crashing of the waves while breathing in the fresh, salty air. There’s nothing more relaxing.
TCR: What would your ideal summer vacation be?
AF: My best friends and I would rent a house on the beach. We’d spend our days sunning and swimming, and then go into town for shopping, dinner, or movies. We’d make salads and grill fish and eat on the porch, and then go star-gazing at night. Bliss!
TCR: What are some of your favorite summery books?
AF: So many! Summer is such a great time for reading—especially reading fun, light books that are as tasty as an ice cream cone. In no particular order, I love: the Summer Boys series by Hailey Abbott and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares; Summer Sisters by Judy Blume; anything by Meg Cabot or Sophie Kinsella. And I just bought the new Emily Giffin—I can’t wait to read it while lying under a beach umbrella with a cool drink in hand.
Thanks, Aimee! Be sure to pick up your own paperback copy of Sea Change (at the very convenient and thrifty price of $8.99) and follow Aimee's tour by swinging by Pure Imagination on Monday!