Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sharks and Boys

Sharks and Boys by Kristen Tracy
Hyperion, 2011
264 pages
YA; Contemporary
3/5 stars

Source: Received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book starts with Enid struggling with insecurities about her relationship with Wick in the light of her father's repeated adultery.  After he suggests they take a break, she takes those insecurities to the brink of crazy by driving from Vermont to Maryland to make sure that Wick doesn't hang out with the beautiful Simone while he's visiting there with friends.  Then she stalks them on to a boat, which ends up in a storm, sinks, and the eight have to attempt to survive.

I didn't really like Enid, who drove something like 500 miles because she was so insecure about her relationship.  I wanted to smack her on the head or something because she was so clingy and annoying-I sure wouldn't want to date her.

Once the boat has sunk though, is what most of the plot covers.  The eight on the boat are four sets of twins, all boys except for Enid and known to each other due to a study in which they have participated for most of their lives.  This results in a lot of talking and some interesting facts courtesy of one of the smartest twins.  This also results in some conflict and some disaster as not everyone makes it off the raft alive.  While their discussion is interesting, not much actually happens given that they are all stuck on a raft.  Thus although the writing style was very engaging, the plot was not.

Read for Contemps Challenge and ebook challenge.

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