Sharks & Boys
Fifteen-year-old Enid's carefully constructed life in Vermont is beginning to crumble. She has come to accept that, after bonding together for years in "twin studies," her friends have betrayed her. And now she finds out that her dad has betrayed her mom. It's not easy, but at least she's got her boyfriend, Wick, to help her through this tough time. Solid, funny, gorgeous...more
and wendy darling tried to warn me off with this negative review, but i just had to see for myself.
and she's right, although i hated it less than she did. maybe because i read it in a couple of hours, when i was stranded on the subway platform, waiting for the trains to take me home. or maybe i just have a...more
Enid’s parents are going though a divorce, so her relationship with her father is complicated and strained. Her twin brother, Landon and her disagree on every possible subject and they just can’t get along. To make matters worse, her boyfrien...more
The story begins with Enid and her boyfriend Wick 'taking a break'. Convince he will cheat on her she follows him to a party and sneaks on board the boat. When the boat sinks they all find themselves in a world of trouble...
The main character of Enid is where this book was different than I was expecting. She came across as quite lost - she...more
At first, I had been skeptical about how this story would play out. A group of teens stranded on a boat? Not the usual setting for teenage drama, but Kristen Tracy makes it work – and how! As these...more
Enid and her boyfriend are on a break, because she is controlling and possessive and mistrustful. She tells him he can't go to parties, she reads his emails, she checks his text messages, she jealously hounds him about a girl who is interested in him, and then she STALKS him 500 miles on a weekend getaway, where she spies on him and his friends.
The book then becomes a totally weird, totally...more
Tracy does a phenomenal job keeping the story afloat (no pun intended) through the dialogue between the eight teens lost...more
This started off fluffy enough – which is the path I thought it would continue to take – and I even found myself bored by Enid and I really wanted to just slap the sense into her. But then she bites off the Groom and Bride’s fe...more
Okay, so, the storyline...AMAZING! I really loved how it all flowed so smoothly that nothing passes you in the story. As the reader, you immediately fall into the story and into Enid shoes. Enid is your typical teenager with realistic problems that we all face, except she get stranded in the ocean with nothing but boys. At the beginning, we see Enid struggling in finding who...more
Sharks & Boys is a gritty, intensely realistic novel from Kristen Tracy that, had I read it at a different time, I might would have given four stars--or probably at least three and a half--to. I read it while on an eighth grade class trip, though, and just wasn't quite in the right place for the no-holds-barred drama that it contained. Enid's character comes off for much of the novel as fairly unsympathetic and overly obsessive, and I had a har...more
If you are looking for a summer read where happiness abounds and everything is great minus a few little scuffles. This is not the book for you. But if you are looking for a book that will make you think about the fragility of life, and make you think back on all the shipwreck victims you hear about on the news. Then this is the book for you.
I’m going to warn you while this book has some semi-happy moments they are at the beginning of the book. The rest of the book is filled with pain, death,...more
THERE WAS NO STINKING RESOLUTION TO THIS STINKING STORY. The beginning is slow as it builds the story and several character conflicts. You think 'wow, a lot is going to have to happen for this to all get cleared up'. No such thing. Once you get to the lifeboat part of this novel, not much happens. There is a glimmer of hope that things might change slightly when they get home (if they get home), but then the ending is abruptly cut...more
Problems? For a novel about being lost at sea, it lacks anything incredibly profound. And the moments of shipwreck and then being lost at sea and *spoilers* the deaths just seem very surreal and kinda, well, blasé, like “oh, there they go” *end...more
Enid doesn't like this idea at all so...more
I honestly had a love/hate relationship with many of the characters in this book. I don’t want to go as far as telling...more
Back to the point, Enid follows her boyfriend to a party, thinking he might be cheating on her. She sneaks onto the boat where the boys are spending their wild night and is discovered when a hurricane hits and the teens are shipwrecked (stuck on a life raft with...more
Enid is one of two fraternal twins, and her core group of friends include three other sets of twins, one of which is her boyfriend, Wick. Enid and her friends have been part of a local twin study for quite a while, and in the past year she and...more
The problem with Tracy’s book lies mostly with its misleading cove...more
Enid started the story as a very rigid character who is suspicious of her boyfriend Wick possibility cheating on her. It stems from her father’s many affairs coming to light and the strain on her parents marriage. Wick puts the breaks on the relationship and decides to head down to a guys only graduation party hosted by friends. Th...more
My thoughts: Sharks and Boys is a haunting, vivid portrayal of the symptoms of slow, steady starvation. Kristen Tracy is horrifyingly honest in depicting every aspect of her characters’ physica...more
The beginning is slow. There's exposition, and A LOT going on. Everything except the adventure/suspense story is pretty muddled. There's Enid's job helping her mother decorating cakes, there's something about a llama that NEVER makes sense, there is some talk of twins stuff that is interesting later, but introduced so confusingly that you ignore it for a while....more