Monday, June 6, 2011

Review: Sharks and Boys by Kristen Tracy

Book: Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy
Pages: 272 Pages
Release Date: June 28th, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion
Source: Teen Book Scene
Grade: 3.5 Stars
When 15-year-old Enid Calhoun follows her boyfriend Wick to Maryland for a party, fearful that he might be intending to cheat on her, she finds herself sneaking on board a houseboat where Wick and his friends plan to have a wild night. But before the boys discover their stowaway, a hurricane strikes, and the teenagers are carried miles from the shore and shipwrecked. What follows is a harrowing, yet heartwarming, story of survival, as the teens battle hypothermia, dehydration, man-eating sharks--and along the way, confront their own deepest secrets, including their catalytic roles in the disaster.
My Thoughts:

WARNING: There are spoilers in this review.

After her boyfriend Wick asks to take a break, fifteen-year-old Enid spies on him at a party. She follows them to the yacht and hides in the bathroom as they take off into the ocean. Five hundred and forty miles later, they get stuck in the middle of a storm and they’re yacht capsizes. With them adrift, sharks circling, and no help in sight, Enid and the guys have to trust each other to make it alive.

Sharks & Boys is definitely not what I was expecting it to be, and in a good way too.  I loved how the author portrayed all the twins as their own person(s).Landon and Enid were my favorite set of twin characters in this book. I could really understand how both were feeling and they had a really good sibling connection.

Reading about all of them while stranded in the middle of the ocean was…interesting.  It seemed like Kristen Tracy knew a lot about being stranded with almost nothing.  There was a lot of horror and sadness with the sharks. I won’t say much, but two of the characters are eaten and I almost cried when both died.

I really wish that there had been more closure with the ending. It kind of left me wanting more (in a bad way). What happened with Enid and Wick? What will the others do now that they’re saved? Overall, I give this book 3.5 Stars.

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