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 ocean or planes, so this trip is a big step forward.
But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumor that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn’t think twice about running away with him to the epicenter of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the setting was great and the descriptions of Indonesia and the people (and their customs) was very eye opening. Particularly of the destruction the tsunami wrought.
I loved learning a little about the relief work and thought it was great how it was pointed out that they were not there to convert their religion or take away their customs. It really bothers me how so many do go over to 'help' and take advantage of the people by basically bribing them to convert to whatever religion. That is my own personal opinion in that matter anyway.
I also thought it was great how 'real' Heidi made it. When relief workers go to help there are things they can't change. In this case the man who owned the orphanage was accused of using the money donated for himself instead of the orphanage. We never learn if this is true, or just Deni's opinion (or what he thought). But in real life that is something that relief workers really can't do anything about. They just have to stand by and watch. They can only do what they can do. They can't completely change the world.
I liked the men in Sienna's life. Spider was a surfer boy that was easy to imagine, and Deni was completely different. Although things didn't go exactly as we may wish they kind of work themselves out. Some may be left a little sad (like me) but yet I knew that was the right thing.
I found myself a little irritated at Sienna at times, but she is only 15. She seemed a bit naive, but she was quick to ask questions, and this is how we learn many of the customs in Indonesia. I guess she just didn't quite click with me.
Overall this was an intriguing and eye opening read and I look forward to passing this book onto my family and friends. It's refreshing to read one that will be enjoyed by all my friends and family who are readers.
I give this one 4/5 moons and look forward to reading more of Heidi's work!
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