"I’m sitting alone on the other side of the world talking to a sea turtle that might be my mom.” So begins Kling’s debut novel, the story of 15-year-old Sienna (Sea to her friends), who lost her mother three years earlier when her plane disappeared over the Indian Ocean. Her body was never found, and Sienna secretly believes she could still be alive. Joining her father’s psychiatric team helping child victims of the 2004 tsunami, she spends two weeks in an Indonesian refugee camp where she meets the gorgeous and enigmatic Deni, with whom she has an instant connection and a bittersweet romance. Kling blends facts about Indonesian culture and the wake of the tsunami with a lyrical story of loss and daring to love again.
Can you tell where we held our book club this month? *cough*
I am actually right in the middle of this book (SO busy, I couldn't finish it in time). But everyone agreed it was an enjoyable read in an intriguing setting.
We also wondered if it didn't receive the buzz it deserved when it debuted this year because it's a contemporary story (in the midst of more popular paranormals), set in another country.