Monday, May 16, 2011

Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy
Published: June 28, 2011
arc from NG (thanks)
4 out of 5 stars

I read this in one shot last night. It was not at all what I expected, I was expecting a simple drama-filled teen romcom. Heck no! This is a survival story, one so good I couldn't put it down and could not flip pages fast enough.
Here's the deal: four sets of twins who are all buddies from "twin studies" are stuck in the Atlantic on a raft-the Coast Guard may or may not have been called. The raft is surrounded by SHARKS!
I really loved that each of these characters is super smart, some of them borderline genius, and it can be a little confusing in the beginning to remember who is the twin of who.
Enid is also going through some major family drama, and her usual analytical nature-that comes in so handy in science, is turned to looking at each detail of her relationship with a microscope. As an effect, it is driving everyone away from her.
This is a refreshing book, so different from everything I have read lately.
Be warned: keep a glass of water near you through the entire reading!!!
This title will not appeal to everyone. It reminded me of The Life Aquatic, or if Wes Anderson wrote a YA novel.


Christi the Teen Librarian said...

Ack, I tried to only read enough of your review to get the impression that you liked it! I've had an ARC of this forever, but was waiting until closer to pub day to read it. :)