Seventeen-year-old Clio Ford has just gotten a summer job at an art store working alongside a guy she likes. She's not happy when her father whisks her away for the summer on a ship to Italy for his research. However, she finds herself making friends with the other girl onboard and developing interest in the guy helping with the research.
Maureen Johnson does an excellent job of writing the tone of a witty, sarcastic teenager while also keeping it light. The characters are interesting to read, the plot is a perfect balance of discovery and mystery, and Clio's voice is just fun to read. I loved Girl at Sea, and I heartily recommend it.