By Sylvia Hehir
Sea Change by Sylvia Hehir is a beautifully written YA novel that evokes a real sense of setting and is perfectly targeted to its YA audience.
Although it starts with the discovery of a body, arguably it is the teenage themes – of identity;
responsibility; friendship - that take centre stage.
The sensitive portrayal of the demands on a teen carer is welcome and laudable.
Crime buffs may be disappointed by the author’s decision to position the murder and kidnap as almost secondary to the other dramas that pre-occupy the teen protagonists. But arguably that decision displays a truth about teenage priorities.
In Alex, Angus, Daniel and Caitlin, the novel has a cast of likeable characters that the reader is reluctant to leave.