SEA by Heidi R. Kling

SEA

Age Range: 12 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Disaster tourism masquerading as romance. Three years after the disappearance of her mother’s plane over the Indian Ocean, California girl Sienna is still barely functional. She’s curtailed surfing, friendships and travel. Sienna’s psychiatrist father is off to Indonesia to do relief work with tsunami orphans, and he’s dragging Sienna along. He claims he needs her help, but he clearly believes in philanthropy as therapy. Once in Indonesia, Sienna is assaulted by difference: Islam, Indonesian culture, race and poverty merge in her perceptions into a sometimes-disgusting mess of exoticism. The exotic becomes appealing when she meets Deni, the super-cute orphanage bad boy. Deni calls her rambat kuning, “yellow hair,” and sneaks her out of the orphanage for forbidden tours of town. If only she can help Deni—and squeeze in a few secret alleyway makeout sessions—Sienna will be happy. Convenient resolution brings healing to Sienna and family to Deni, returning each to his and her God-given lot in life. Well-meaning, but ultimately about slumming in disaster zones for a summer’s recuperative fun. (Fiction. 12-14)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-399-25163-4
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2010