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3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,975 Ratings  ·  336 Reviews
Still haunted by nightmares of her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Sienna Jones reluctantly travels to Indonesia with her father's relief team to help tsunami orphans with their post traumatic stress disorder-something Sienna knows a lot about. Since her mother's plane went missing over the Indian Ocean three years before, Sienna doesn't do anything if it involves the oce ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published June 10th 2010 by Putnam Juvenile
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Dec 02, 2009 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
What I Learned From This Book

1. A book takes a long time to write.

2. Most of writing is revising.

3. I'm grateful and happy I have a book coming out.

4. I hope people like it.

My rating system: A star for each year I worked on SEA: 2005-2010. =)
Nov 29, 2010 Kristy rated it really liked it
"The seaweed is always greener in sombody else's lake, you dream about going up there but that is a big mistake. Just look at the world around you, right here on the ocean floor. Under the sea......."

And, here we have yet another book that 100% shocked me...
I thought this was going to be either:
a: a retelling of 'The little mermaid'
b: a cheesy love story envolving the ocean
c: or a combo of both

But, this was not even remotely any of those. This book was not really even about the ocean.
Sienna, a f
Jun 27, 2010 Nic rated it really liked it
"I wanted to tell him that you can meet someone and they can change your life forever, even if you have only known him for a short while, that when you leave, you're a different person than before you meet him....."

This is the story of Sienna who's mother disappeared in a plane crash overseas when doing relief work 3 years ago. Sienna is still greiving the loss of her mother and is haunted by nightmares. For her 15th birthday her Dad gives her a plane ticket to go to Indonesia to do relief work
Feb 04, 2010 Erica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Heidi R Kling has written a breath-taking debut with Sea! Readers are plunged head first into a heartbreaking story of loss, hope, and new experiences. Sea is a book that speaks to everyone, but everyone can take something a little different away.

Sea is a touching story that helps a person connect with themselves. It is a book to make you think, and think deep. You look at the situation these characters are in, and it makes you look at the world around you in an entirely different way.

The chara
May 19, 2010 April rated it it was amazing
Imagine, if you will, a book that will melt your heart simultaneously reminding you of a 1940s black and white film, despite it being set in the present. Are you picturing? Picture an exotic location, such as say, Indonesian. Now, add in a large smattering of romance and you have Sea by Heidi R. Kling.
Read the rest of my review here
Whitney Atkinson
Dec 09, 2014 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it
Very different from anything I've read! I only knocked a star off because it was a little bit angsty.
Jul 19, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
Sea is a story about a girl named Sienna Jones, once she lived her life large, but her mothers death made her fearful and so she became distant and lost.
Her father, who also feels the weight of lost wants to help others to feel useful again and wants Sienna to join him on Team Hope to Indonesia, to help the tsunami victims for two weeks.
Can a journey of love and hope make Sienna live and feel again?

This is just a beautiful written story filled with rich romance and an eye opener for everything t
Nov 25, 2010 Rachel rated it did not like it
Shelves: wish-i-hadn-t
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
It's hard to believe that Sea is Heidi Kling's debut book. Sea is a richly written story that will capture the readers attention and pull them right into the wonderful world Heidi has created. It's both real and captivating. Woven with a beautiful, sweet summer love story, Sea is one read I highly recommend.

Fifteen year old Sienna Jones is still grieving over the death of her mother, when her father, a psychiatric Doctor surprises her for her birthday with a trip to go with his Team Hope back t
Jan 29, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it
Sea is unlike anything else I've read this past year. The story is rich and unique--I can't fathom the amount of research that must have gone into this beautiful tale. The characters were compelling and believable--you could feel their emotions, feel their heartache, pain, and love. Seeing the intersecting journeys of healing (for several characters--Sea, Deni, her father) took hold of my heart, and I could not put this down until I knew how it ended.

And the ending? While it may not be what you
Feb 06, 2010 Angie rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic and original book! Addictive from the very first page, Sienna's story was one I could not get enough of. Her reluctant adventure into the aftermath of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami to try and help heal orphans who lost loved ones, ends up being a journey to her own healing. Sienna needs to find closure over the loss of her mother, who disappeared in a plane crash over the Indian Ocean years before though the wreckage has never been found. But to give up hope that her mother is som ...more
Jan 30, 2010 Zoe rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book. I am blown away. Heidi Kling wrote one of my favorite novels. Sea was thrilling, sweet, adventurous, while still having that feel where everything seems like it’s going to be ok. I fell in love with these characters, they were written wonderfully.
Some people think that the author chooses the book and some people think that the book chooses the author, in this case, Sea definitely chose Heidi. While reading it, I couldn’t help but think that this book was made for her
Sophie Riggsby
I know this one will come as a shocker to most of you. What? I read a book that had no paranormal character in it whatsoever?? *pauses for your still processing brain to catch up*

I did. Furthermore, I gave it FIVE shiny stars. Pinky swear.

Until I read SEA, I'd forgotten what it was like to read a really, really good story without some mysterious boy popping up and using his magical powers to fight off a mythological monster. Yes, there's a mysterious guy. And yes, there's even a love triangle. B
Dec 02, 2009 Daisy added it
Travel abroad, beautiful boys, heartache.

SEA has it all. Heidi R Kling's debut young adult novel is a story of a California girl who travels to post-tsunami Indonesia as part of a relief mission. While there, Sienna not only helps a local orphanage, she also falls for a beautiful tsunami survivor, 17-year-old Deni. The pair travel around on motor, eat fluffy rice and sneak off at night to kiss, kiss, kiss. But life's not easy in a place that's been devastated by a storm and both Deni and Sienna
Aug 09, 2014 Jill rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
I just couldn't get into this one...seemed more "teen-agey" than the other young adult books I read and love. The main character in Sea is super boy crazy, and it reminded me of my middle school years when every guy I met was a potential boyfriend! :) I decided not to waste any more time and returned it to the library after reading 4 or 5 chapters.
Erica (daydreamer)
Sea is a luscious, intriguing tale that was beautiful and dreamy. I was pulled straight under the waves from the beginning. It was expertly written and researched. Kling captured the allure and fascination of the Indonesian culture, and the desperation and tragedy of the tsunami perfectly.

Kling did a superb job at bringing her characters to life. They all seemed so real. Sienna was a wonderful character, (also love the name : ) Deni was really great, and the romance between the two was sweet. B
Jul 08, 2010 Nicole added it
The story begins with Sienna’s birthday when she receives a plane ticket as a gift from her father to Indonesia, but Sienna has a fear of flying and the water since her mother’s airplane disappeared over the Indian Ocean three years ago. Despite her fears, Sienna sets out to spend two weeks at an Indian orphanage with her father to help children dealing with PTSD from surviving the 2004 tsunami. While at the orphanage, Sienna immediately connects with the mysterious Deni, an orphan who believes ...more
Sarah BT
Jul 16, 2010 Sarah BT rated it it was amazing
Love, Love, Love it! I love books with romance, but sometimes the romance genre feels oversaturated with paranormal or new girl falls for hot guy who finally notices her storylines. Sea stands out among these romances and is a breath of fresh air. In Sea, you'll find a wonderfully lovely story about a normal girl-and this girl actually travels the world and helps people! Sure, she's reluctant to at first, but what I loved about Sienna is that she goes for it-she joins Team Hope and travels to In ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Sienna "Sea" Jones lost her mother to a plane accident three years ago. Her father, a psychiatrist who does relief work in underdeveloped countries, decides that maybe a trip to Indonesia to help with children victims of the Tsunami will help her heal from her own loss.

I have to say I truly loved this book (and that is saying a lot since I really prefer fantasy/paranormal books). I really liked Sienna and all the other characters in the book. I felt like the relationship Sienna had with her dad
Jul 18, 2010 Sam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2010
It's funny, I find it really hard to write reviews of books that I enjoyed. In books that were just so-so, it's a lot easier because I can focus on both the good and the bad things, but books I like? I get a little fan-girly about them.

Sea was definitely one of those books. I read it in practically one sitting, only stopping to eat dinner and maybe Tweet just a little bit. My reading spot is really uncomfortable, actually - knees up on my bedpost, which always digs into my skin - so it's pretty
Jun 11, 2010 Jenni rated it really liked it
Sea was a fascinating little adventure/romance that I very much enjoyed. I applaud Heidi for writing it, and wanting to give the Young Adult world a different taste of literature, as its definitely unique. It was not my typical genre that I read, so for me to like it as much as I did was quite brilliant. I’m not much into reading adventure and journey’s or that kind of thing but this book still kept me going. Most of the fun in the book took place in the beginning in preparation and the first en ...more
Steph Su
Aug 05, 2010 Steph Su rated it really liked it
Shelves: debs10, poc
SEA is a wonderfully solid, emotional, and un-put-downable debut by a highly talented YA novelist.

Heidi Kling writes her characters with assured realness. Sienna thinks and sounds like a 15-year-old with a tragic past: she has the fears and (occasionally petty) concerns appropriate for her age and situation. Instead of finding her naivete annoying, then, Sienna’s (and, thus, Heidi’s) seamless teen voice completely won me over.

This is the first YA novel I’ve read that deals with the tragedy of th
Sep 24, 2010 Liz rated it it was amazing
Between the fanatical reviews posted by several bloggers and Sea’s gorgeous cover, I had to have this book for myself. Even though I knew a large part of the plot was about tsunami relief, part of my brain expected this book to have lots of idyllic romantic scenes where the characters work through their emotional baggage while sitting on a beach. I have no idea where my brain got this idea, but Sea turned out to be much different, yet absolutely beautiful nonetheless.

Sea is a story that had me “
Jan 26, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: age-ya, 2010, arcs
I received this ARC from the publisher (quite a deal, too! I had requested an ARC of Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials but they had run out, and then I got a package in the mail containing a hardcover of that one, another hardcover and two ARCs including this novel and Restoring Harmony). I'm interested in Middle Eastern culture and the backdrop of the Indonesian tsunami was timely considering the chaos in Haiti right now.

Three years ago, Sienna's mother disappeared in a plane around the
Jul 25, 2010 Ana rated it it was amazing
Sea is a touching, thrilling and romantic story. Sienna Hope Jones is a girl who lost her mother at 12 years old. But she still believes she's somehow alive, near her, at least as a spirit, 3 years after her death. The kind of girl who doesn't give up hope and dreams. Deni lost his family in the 2004 tsunami with the epicenter near Aceh. Like Sienna, he still hopes. He hopes he'll find a relative someday. I believe Sienna and Deni are one of the cutest couple ever! I can't say a lot, I'll let yo ...more
Reading Teen
Jul 05, 2010 Reading Teen rated it it was amazing
One word: Extraordinary. I have never loved a book so much, I have never been so amazed by an author, and I have never been so moved by a story. Sea is unlike any book I have ever read. It has so much suspense, love, and adventure in all the right places. The entire background of the story is true which is, I think, what made it so real for me. It is so intense, but then intertwined in the intensity is a love story woven together so seamlessly, I couldn't help but believe it. Sea is my favorite ...more
Gabie (OwlEyesReviews)
Oh my goodness... oh my goodness... oh my goodness...
I'm still in awe. This is the first book EVER that I have finished in a day and it was totally worth it. I loved it soooo very much. I cried and I laughed and I fell in love. It was completely amazing. I don't even know what to say because I loved it so much. I'm left wondering how a person can thing about these kind of stories. It was amazing, amazing, amazing. I have to thank Ms.Kling, because this book was an honor to read.

To Read more, ple
Nov 03, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing

Heartbreaking but always hopeful; achingly romantic but never sappy-- SEA is simply luminous. What a remarkable debut!
Jul 28, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that really made you think while you were reading it? And then it stuck with you for days afterword? That’s exactly what I experienced with Sea. While I was reading Sea, I was struck by the fact that not many books are set in Indonesia or Asia for that matter. I’ve only read one other book set in that region of the world this year, Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins. Once I was done, I couldn’t get the story and characters out of my head for days. I kept going back and rea ...more
Aug 18, 2010 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
I have heard so much about Sea from fellow book bloggers and it was highly recommended to me numerous times. My library finally got it, and I devoured it. Sea is not your ordinary young adult tale. Of course it does have the normal stuff like having friends and family and crushes and all that. But there are so many more layers in this story.
Sienna is dealing with her mother's death, something that I can only imagine to be unbearable and extremely difficult. Sienna, although having the fear of f
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Heidi R. Kling writes about normal girls in fantastic situations. PAINT MY BODY RED, a romantic thriller about a girl fleeing secrets from home launches November 2 with EntangledTeen, followed by several more novels on various Entangled imprints. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the New School, but has been writing books, plays and screenplays since she could practically hold a pencil.

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“We do not choose what happens to us. We can only choose what we do after. What we do now. We can only choose to keep going.” 47 likes
“I wanted to tell him that you can meet someone and they can change your life forever, even if you have only known him for a short while, that when you leave, you're a different person than before you met him... and I undertstand that because of meeting Deni.” 26 likes
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