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Lost Girls by Ann Kelley
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Jul 13, 12

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Read from July 08 to 09, 2012

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 in 1970's Thailand during the Vietnam War, this is a story about surviving in the wild. Expect a lot of disagreements, flaring tempers, and desperation. We've got a good handful of characters to admire and endure in this novel. Some you will applaud, others you will want to maim. Our protagonist Bonnie is amazingly valuable to the group, even though they don't seem to notice, let alone care. Besides being extremely resourceful and smart, her strength and determination is something worthy of praise. I loved how I could count on her; no matter how emotionally or physically strained she becomes, she keeps on trucking and that makes her positively easy to like, even easier to care if she makes it. It's not hard to lose track of who's who when you have over half a dozen characters that all seem to blend together, this is not the case in Lost Girls. I was pleased by how much the survivors all stand out from each other with distinguishable personalities and behaviours. I can't say that I was especially attached to the supporting roles. I didn't weep from certain deaths or become gripped by their individual predicaments, but I was kept completely engrossed by their overall circumstances.

It's actually quite fascinating to learn all these facts and tricks about surviving in the wilderness. Being on a tropical island, we encounter exotic animals and insects that bring about all kinds of dangers they have to face. Infection, hunger, and dehydration are constant threats. I can't say I was profoundly devoted to the story, though. Of course the deaths are tragic and their situations mentally taxing, but I found myself more mesmerized by their struggle to survive, more curious of the outcome, than emotionally tuned to their state of mind. For this reason I don't look at it as a highly emotional story, but rather a tense adventure - though I can see that some may experience it differently. The journal entries that we get sporadically throughout the book make sure it's not an emotionally passive story either. Bonnie uses her journal to write her thoughts and feelings about what's happening on the island, letting us into her exhausted mind. This helps us get a feel of how a situation like this affects a person's chain of thought; grief and misery makes us desperate, can even turn us into someone we don't recognize. If anything, it helps us appreciate what we have. Imagine living on only one or two food items for days, weeks.

Realistic and filled with unthinkable circumstances, Lost Girls is an inspiring story where survival is at the mercy of nature and skills. What would you do if you were stranded on a deserted island? Would you survive?

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Reading Progress

07/09/2012 page 30
9.0% "A dead kid in the first 30 pages. This should be fun!"
07/09/2012 page 165
49.0% "This is really good! Reminds me of Lost (when it was good!) but YA."

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message 1: by ~Tina~ (new)

~Tina~ Amazing review! I'm intrigued!!

Oh to answer your question, nope I don't think I'd survive on a deserted island, but if I ever end up on one, I hope I've gotz books;) Hehe!


Giselle Baha. I'd probably be the first to die. I have zero wilderness skills.


message 3: by Henrietta (new)

Henrietta I think I'd probably got injured or poisoned in the first hour :(


Giselle Henrietta wrote: "I think I'd probably got injured or poisoned in the first hour :("

LOL. I'll be right there with you!!


message 5: by Rhiannon (new) - added it

Rhiannon Frater WANT TO READ!


Annabelle Marie Veronica I'd be dead pretty much within the first day. I think I'll definitely be reading this one now!


message 7: by Marta (new)

Marta Acosta Giselle wrote: "Baha. I'd probably be the first to die. I have zero wilderness skills."

You may be underestimating your survival skills vis a vis fictional characters. You should read Mark Twain's essay "James Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses" wherein he lists important literary rules: "They require that crass stupidities shall not be played upon the reader as 'the craft of the woodsman, the delicate art of the forest,' by either the author or the people in the tale. But this rule is persistently violated in the Deerslayer tale."


Giselle Hehe well maybe. I think my fear of bugs would be the worst!!


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