Title: Where I Found You (Sea #1)
Author: Heidi R. Kling
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published date: 4th December 2017
Published by: Entangled Teen
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
After her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean, seventeen-year-old Sienna Jones gave up everything she loved about living in California. No more surfing. No more swimming. No more ocean, period. Playing it safe, hiding from the world, is the best call.
Until her dad throws down the challenge of a lifetime: spend the summer with his humanitarian team in Indonesia, working with orphans who lost everything in a massive tsunami.
The day they arrive, Sienna meets a mysterious boy named Deni, whose dark, intense eyes make her heart race. Their stolen nights force her to open up and live in a way she thought she couldn’t anymore. When she’s with Deni, she remembers the girl she used to be…and starts to feel like the woman he sees in her.
A woman he wants for his own.
But when Deni’s past comes looking for him, Sienna’s faced with losing another person she loves. She can’t do it. Not again.
Fortunately, this time, she has a plan.
As someone who lives in Malaysia—Indonesia’s neighbouring country and a country with similar culture—this book is quite entertaining to me (at least the earlier parts), because of Sienna’s experience with culture shock and her reactions. It was also sort of a déjà vu thing for me because my friend and I were just talking about how we always read about people from Malaysia’s reaction to experiencing different cultures but never foreigners’ reactions to our country’s culture, such as how some people drive, and bring the whole family on a motorcycle meant for two. And so, Sienna’s reactions kind of satisfied me.
I love books with traveling in it, and I love books where people do this volunteer thing and make connections or attachments with people they helped, and this book has both a.k.a Sienna going to Yogyakarta with her father (and his team), and her bond with Elli. Also, talking about Sienna’s father, I also like that she has a good relationship with him (it’s always great when main characters has healthy relationship with their families), and love the banters and teasing she had with Tom, and also with her friends.
However, there are still a few things that I didn’t like, but the main ones are these two: A) the somewhat instantaneous romantic relationship Sienna and Deni had (I don’t think people really falls in love that fast; and B) Sienna’s reckless behaviour.
Overall, I think this book was an okay read. It was definitely a fast read, something you can read on a two-three hours flight. It certainly has potential for more (I would love it more if other characters were more involved and there was more about the PTSD) but that’s my own personal opinion. I think tweens and teenagers under the age of 15 would enjoy this book. I know I would, when I was that age, because I don’t think much about consequences or realistic love at that age.
I rate this book three out of five stars.
About the Author:
Her first novel, SEA (Putnam), was a Gateway Readers Award Finalist & Northern California Book of the Year nominee, was a Summer 2010 Indie Next Pick and a Goodreads “Mover and Shaker”.
- Where I Found You Paperback Copy
First, have you read the book? What do you think about it, and also, to satisfy my own curiousity, what do you about Sienna’s reactions when she first arrived at the pesantran? Did you react the same way?
I would love to hear your thoughts, so please do comment.
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