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Lost Girls

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  268 ratings  ·  71 reviews
No parents. No rules. No way home.
Fourteen-year-old Bonnie MacDonald couldn't be more excited for a camping trip on an island off the coast of Thailand. But when a strong current sweeps Bonnie and her friends past their appointed campsite, depositing them instead on what the boatman calls a "forbidden island," they're just happy to have reached dry land.
Overnight, things t
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2010)
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okay, a book in which a group of girls get stranded on a "forbidden" island in the thai archipelago with no real supplies or survival know-how and must fend for themselves and deal with the stresses of conflicting personalities and heat, wildlife, lack of food and other perils? lord of the flies with lady-parts??

oh, sign me up right now.

and yet... this one didn't do it for me. not as much as i had hoped. before i read beauty queens, i thought that was what that book would be like, it turned out
Jul 13, 2012 Giselle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, own
Do you remember Lost? During the first season when it was good all about surviving. Remove the bizarro smoke monsters and you've got something reminiscent of Lost Girls. When a gang of 9 kids with one adult chaperone get dropped off on the wrong island, they soon realize it's not the paradise that they first perceived.

Off to a great start with the first 30 pages already involving a dead kid and a major storm that left them with next to nothing, Lost Girls is exciting from start to finish. Set i
Whenever I hear a news story or watch a movie about people who end up in bad situations after ignoring the advice of locals, my reaction is something like this:

I don't think they deserve to DIE, but since a ton of resources are going to be spent on their rescue due to their arrogance, they can deal with a little Running Man.

In the beginning of Lost Girls, a group of Amelia Earhart Cadets ranging in age from 9-14 find themselves blown off course while heading to an island for a camping trip. Thei
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
DNF at page 102.

What the freak was this book?
I just couldn't get into it.

I bought this book for 2 reasons:
1. It was in a sale for 1
2. It had a premise about people being trapped on an island, which is what I find pleasure in. Kinda sadistic in a way, but who cares?

I think my problem was the writing style.
I couldn't get into it.
I didn't really like any of the characters, especially Mrs Campbell. She annoyed me.

Such a shame. I don't like DNFing books. I normally read 100 pages until I decide to b
I did feel quite sorry for the characters in this because of the situation they were in, but I didn''t connect to any of them enough to really like them.

This wasn't a bad read, but it didn't keep my interest very well. I got bored at points, and the story just didn't suck me in.

Overall, An okay read.
Lisa Nocita
1974, Thailand. A group of girls, whose families are stationed on the Thai coast during the Vietnam War, venture off on a 3 day scouting camp out on a nearby island. The weather gets rough and the boatman is blown off course, landing them on an uninhabited island which he declares is cursed. The boatman refuses to stay and leaves the girls and their leader. This is the beginning of their survival ordeal which is gruesome and, mostly, realistic. The leader is completely ineffectual and abandons a ...more
I'll just come out and say it, I didn't like LOST GIRLS. So, to spare you and myself, I'll make this short.

I can't even give a definite reason to back that up, either, which makes me feel like a jerk. It's odd, really, since I typically love survival stories. LOST is maybe my favorite show ever, and I even loved Castaway. I think the reason I didn't like LOST GIRLS is the narrative. The entire story is told through the eyes of Bonnie, a teenage girl living in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Wa
I read this book when I was in year 7 or 8 (I can't remember it was a long time ago) it was really good and I wasn't expecting it to be so dramatic! My friend swapped books with me before she had read it so I had no idea what was in store for me! It was good and felt realistic but also had drama and action, Basically a group of girls are taken to the wrong island for holiday and are stranded until the boat returns for them. A lot can happen in a few days on a foreign island with little food, har ...more
I didn't so much like this. I mean, (view spoiler) So after that, it's pretty much: Now what?
The writing style took some getting used to. I don't really like this "string of thought" narrative, or whatever its called. I thought that saying they were youngish teenagers they seemed to know an awful lot about survival, most of which I could not believe they knew.
I found it difficult to have any semblance of feelings, good or bad, for any character. The fact that the only adult turned out to be useless left me rolling my eyes, I'm afraid. It was just such a cliche.
There was one particular s
Eleanor Tyrrell
Amazing! One of the best books i have ever read.
Maximum Potter
I liked the book, but it was a bit creepy
Kaelin R.
Bonnie and the others can't wait for the camping trip ahead. Their luck soon turns around when they find themselves on an unknown island, way past their destination. The waves rise and dangerous winds rip their way through the island. Bonnie and the others are left with nothing but each other. Their goal is to survive. As each day goes by, each person becomes weaker. All members of the group are faced with challenges, death, and starvation. The person they look up to most, soon gives up. Bonnie ...more
Jo Sorrell
Aug 09, 2012 Jo Sorrell marked it as to-read
No parents. No rules. No way home.

Fourteen-year-old Bonnie MacDonald couldn't be more excited for a camping trip on an island off the coast of Thailand with her fellow Amelia Earhart Cadets-the daughters of the men and women stationed there during the Vietnam War. But when a strong current deposits the girls on what their boatman calls the "forbidden island," things take a turn for the worse: A powerful storm comes to destroy their campsite, the smallest of the junior cadets is found dead, and t
Honestly, I wasn't sure if I was ready for a modernized version of Lord of the Flies, but the historical setting caught my eye--and Thailand? Yes, please! I enjoyed learning more about life as a kid following her parents to war, and Bonnie and her friends have many interesting stories and random facts to tell.

Bonnie is an amazingly resourceful and intelligent girl. She is a realist, someone who questions the workings of the world, and a natural engineer, as her talent for creating things suggest
I really, really wanted for this book to be good. It was one I had really been looking forward to, but after reading it I feel really let down. The only thing that really stood out to me was Ann's writing, that was by far the most redeeming factor for this book. The story itself just felt so bland, and even boring at times. I loved the idea behind it though, I just wish it had been executed a little better than it was. But as I said, the writing in this book was amazing and was the strong point ...more
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There were two things that drew me to this book. (1) I am a huge fan of Lost and (2) Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite stories from high school. However, Lost Girls in no way measures up to either of those amazing stories. Not only did the characters grate on my nerves, but the writing style and setting bored me to tears. I have to admit, I strongly disliked most of this book. The problem is, I didn't know why I wasn't enjoyin
Kelly Hager
Bonnie, her best friend Jas and a few other teens and tweens are headed for a three-day wilderness expedition. (They belong to an organization that's very similar to the Girl Scouts.) Unfortunately, they end up on a different island than expected (long story) and the boat that comes to pick them up gets wrecked. To make matters worse, this is a scary place to be stranded. The weather is awful and there are a lot of wild animals and no other people. AND no one knows where they are (again, differe ...more
Anna  Tee (The Bursting Bookshelf)
I saw this book's cover and read the synopsis in the publisher's catalog and immediately wanted to read it. The premise was similar to many books before it, but it was very well delivered on this time around. What caught my attention was the foreign setting and as well as the element of history within. Altogether, it was a winning formula.

Purple: my favorite color. I love how gritty the cover looks, it shows the massive amounts of rain the was received on the island the characters were stranded
I'm honestly not sure how to categorize this book in genre. It has nothing to do with the book itself, it was actually a really, really good story and I really enjoyed reading it. But it's based in the 1970's, so that would make it historical fiction, right? Apparently it's also based off of true events and it is entirely possible that this could happen either way, so that would make it realistic ficton, right? Then it's a fight for survival, so it's pretty easy to label it as a survival book. I ...more
A group of Girl-Scout-like girls are going for a three-day camp-out on an island off the coast of Thailand. They idolize the woman who is chaperoning them, Mrs. Campbell. Things start to go wrong when a broken outboard motor on the Thai boat taking them to the island allows them to be stranded on Koh Tabu instead. On the first night, a hurricane blows through, wrecking their camp and killing one of the girls. Things go downhill from there as the idolized leader descends into drunkenness and drug ...more
Logically, this novel did not really make sense to me. If you disregard that logical connection, I did enjoy the progression of the novel. It was like my right and left hemispheres of my brain were fighting for attention since they were not able to work together.

Bonnie MacDonald is on a sort of girlscout-esque trip to an island off of Thailand, where she is living because her father is currently stationed there as part of the UK's armed forces. Due to unforeseen forces, the girls and their cou
I will keep this short. I didn't like this book at all. In fact, I thought it was pretty awful. I disliked it so much that I wanted to make a gif review, but then decided to leave that to Sarah.

Where should I start? I had no idea what was going on for the first 5 chapters of the book. There was absolutely no world building, no way for the reader to know what on earth is going on. Sometimes this works for a book- this time, it absolutely did not. I had to come to my own conclusion about when the
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The story is about a group of Amelia Earhart cadets, young daughters of those Americans stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War. The group of young cadets were heading out excitedly on a camping trip to an island off the coast, when they are caught up in a raging storm. The boatman manages to steer them to the nearest island, although he refuses to set foot on it even with the waters overcoming the small boat. He deposits the group of gir
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I have seriously been dying to start reading Lost Girls by Ann Kelley. I mean come on! A novel set during the seventies with a series of shipwrecked girls? Read the synopsis, doesn’t that sound just plain awesome? I was expecting a story that could be compared to Lord of the Flies and would be kind of like Lost minus the novel ending in a church. I was expecting so many amazing things (one of them including cannibalism) and am a bit sad to say that Lost Girls fell far from what I expected.

The no
Karen Ball
All girl survival story -- 1970's Thailand. Bonnie goes on a 3-day camping trip with a group of girls and a cool adult chaperone. They are headed for a small island, but when the motor dies mid-trip, the boat drifts further than planned and the group ends up stranded on a more remote island. You might think that an all-girl survival story would be low in the body count, but you would be dead wrong on that score. A hurricane hits and blows the tents and sleeping bags all over, driving one into a ...more
Ann Kelley’s Lost Girls is the chilling tale of a vacation gone bad. Waiting to arrive at an island off the coast of Thailand, this camping trip is exactly what fourteen-year-old Bonnie MacDonald have been waiting for. Everything seems to change in an instant when a powerful current pushes Bonnie and her friends away from their destination. When their boat reaches land, it arrives at a place that the natives call forbidden island. Not bothered by its nickname, the girls are just glad that they a ...more
Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)
It was supposed to be a three day camping trip--in Thailand--on an island. But this wasn't the island they were originally going to camp on. No, this was the island that the boatman wouldn't even set foot on, an island that he said was forbidden. As a group of girls and their chaperone will soon learn, it's an island that will bring them nothing but bad luck and as a result, an extended stay.

Told from Bonnie MacDonald's point of view, Lost Girls documents her group's stay upon the forbidden isl
Gina Panettieri
In Vietnam-era Thailand, a group of girls, the children of serviceman stationed nearby, plan a primitive camping expedition on an island with an adult leader when everything that could possibly go wrong does. Their Thai boatman misses landing on their intended island in the rising wind and sea, and drops them at a different island, one of dozens of nameless, uninhabited islands off the coast. A terrifying storm blows up that night, destroying their camp and killing one of the girls. They're alon ...more
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Lost Girls is set in the 1970′s where a group of girls set off for a three-day camping trip to an island off the coast of Thailand. A strong current carries them past the island they’re supposed to visit and the boatmen leaves them on a different island known as “the forbidden island” to the locals.

The girls are all excited to be there and spend the first day enjoying the beach, but when a strong storm blows in, destroying their campsite and killing one of the younger girls, things begin to go q
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Ann Kelley is the author of The Burying Beetle (shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award) and The Bower Bird (Winner of the Costa Children’s Book of the Year Award). She has also published two poetry collections, The Poetry Remedy (1999) and Paper Whites (2001). She has won several prizes for her poems and has run courses for aspiring poets from her home. She is an honorary teaching fellow at Peni ...more
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