86th out of 100 books — 17 voters
Terry and the Pirates
""You mean she isn't going to walk the plank?"" As soon as Terry's mom mentions sending her to boarding school to "spread her wings," Terry takes matters into her own hands and catches a ride out of town on the yacht belonging to a super-rich adventurer. It turns out someone else had the same plan, and Terry finds herself in the company of the billionaire's bizarre son.
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Simon Pulse
(first published 2000)
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Threatened to be sent back to boarding school by her mother, and desperate to get away, Terry hops on a yacht as a stowaway. Only she discovers that only other person on the yacht is the billionare's son; and he's trying to run away too. Naturally a great adventure ensues, complete with modern pirates, a remote island, multiple personalities, and a shy romance. A young adult read, and finely written.
i really wanted to like this. it seemed like it would be a "funny girl-adventure." but all the "phrases in quotation marks for no apparent reason" were driving me "nuts." and i just wasn't able to suspend my disbelief. normally i can get down with outlandish-yet-realistic plots (ex: youth in revolt by c.d. payne) but this one didn't work out for me.
16 year old Terry stows away on a yacht, only to find it has been stolen by the owner's runaway teenage son. A storm blows up and shipwrecks the two on a tiny island with a band of odd pirates who hold Terry for ransom and search for buried treasure. Terry, with some help, must hatch a plan to escape before it is too late!