South African author Sally Partridge transports us to a Sea Star Summer – YA Book Review

Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Interesting rating: Very
Star rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend it? Definitely

Sea Star Summer is a coming of age story set over a summer holiday in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

The book Sea Star Summer with green grass, blue skies and Table Mountain in the background.


What’s the book about?

Naomi: Sixteen-year-old introvert Naomi is happy to get away. All she wants is to enjoy a beach holiday with her parents and her books.

Elize: Afrikaans teen Elize from Gauteng is a free spirit who creates and escapes into her own worlds.

Marius: Elize’s brother Marius is drawn to red-haired Naomi.

Daniel: Surfer Daniel would like to get to know Naomi better too.

How will she handle the attention coming from all directions?

The review

I loved this easy read from page one right until the final page.

South African characters you’ll love

The likeable characters are likeable. The unlikeable ones are convincing. I loved how the main character Naomi learned so much about herself. I’m glad that she found her voice and that she gained the courage to be herself. I enjoyed that some of the other characters had a hand in this.

Sally Partridge transports the reader

Sally Partridge has the ability to make me feel as if I’m part of the story. I’m transported from my couch into the car as Naomi and her family sets off for Jeffreys Bay. I can see the highway and the farms as the family drives past. I experience the deserted beach when Naomi first explores it. And I’m right there when they celebrate Christmas at the beach house.

Life lessons learned

Sea Star Summer shows the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people. How it affects your mental health. It also displays what can happen when you’re supported. And deals with important topics like sexism.

To sum up

Wonderful characters I could relate to. An important story told in a fun way. And an author that has a magical way with words. Highly recommended.

5 out of 5 stars

Thanks to vuvuvena_reads and NB Publishers. I won this book and Sally Partridge’s Mine in a giveaway.

Publisher: Human & Rousseau
Year: 2020 | Pages: 187
ISBN: 978-0-7981-8095-5

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