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Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy
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Apr 24, 2012

really liked it

Sharks and Boys by Kristen Tracy is about 15 year old Enid and how she solves relationship issues with her father, brother and boyfriend, while trying her hardest to survive on the Pacific Ocean after a storm. The main themes of the book are trust and love.

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 boyfriend, Wick, thinks they need a break, leaving Enid feeling confused and rejected. One evening, she follows Landon, Wick and a group of their friends to a party she wasn’t invited to. But as the guys get drunk and end up taking out one of their boats on the ocean, Enid follows them onto the boat and hides in the bathroom. A huge storm hits the boat, causing it to sink, reveling Enid and forcing all the teenagers to work together to survive. To add to their struggles, they are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with none other than hungry sharks for company. As the group drifts together on their raft, all of them find out about the secrets that have been kept from each other and most of them hit Enid the hardest. Enid realizes that the only way to survive is by learning to forgive others and to forgive herself.

My favorite part of the book was when Enid was treading water and she realized that a shark was a few feet behind her and she scrambled onto the raft. She voices her feelings and fears very clearly and the reader gets a vivid mental picture of the scene. Another one of my favorite scenes was in the end, where I don’t know what exactly happened to Enid, as she tells the reader that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to go to heaven and be in peace forever. The last line of the book just says that she was still, but I don’t know what the author is trying to convey about Enid’s fate to the reader.

I would give Sharks and Boys a 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. It would loose a few points because the author did use some inappropriate language while writing. This book is ideal for readers ages 13-17 and readers who enjoy reading romance, adventure and suspense.
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message 1: by Mr. Star (new)

Mr. Star Good work on your review. This sounds like a very interesting book and one that deals with a lot of big issues and ideas. Your summary was well done as was your reflection on the scenes you liked. That last line does sound a little intriguing. What do you think happens? Are there any clues to what the author might mean? Good work.

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