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The Lifeboat Clique

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,752 ratings  ·  346 reviews
Some people might say that Denver had a death wish. Why else would she have dared to sneak into a Malibu beach party where she’d be surrounded by enemies, namely including her ex-BFF Abigail?

Oh yeah. Croix. Denver never thought in a million years he’d ask her out, but who was she to question this miracle of fate? Well, that wasn’t the only surprise fate had in store.

Hardcover, 322 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Lifeboat Clique is a really fun read that combines dark humor with the whole survival aspect. It’s been described as Mean Girls meets Life of Pi, which I completely agree. I found myself laughing out loud at several parts, while also cringing in anticipation of the disaster our characters go through. It’s a relatively quick read that truly feels like a unique piece of young adult contemporary fiction with a plot that feels fresh.

The book follows Denver Reynolds, a girl who moved to LA with
♛ may
DNF @ 40%

I’m sitting here scrolling through tens of 4 and 5 star reviews for this book and I feel like I’m on mars bc well…this book is BAD To put it bluntly and I hella don’t relate

I mean its an interesting enough idea but….just….no.

Uhhghghgggghhhh where do I start?

So much bloody drama. Like a tsunami just swept them out into the sea and theyre about to drown but theyre literally fighting over the dumbest, pettiest things ever like I can’t, I physically feel my brain cells exiting existenc
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I, Denver Reynolds, would survive.”

This was a good survival story, about a bunch of kids swept away by a tsunami.

Denver was quite a strong character, and it was pretty handy that she knew some stuff about survival, I wouldn’t have coped as well as she did, and neither would the other characters. The other characters in this were mean-girls, and I felt quite sorr
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Be so good they can't ignore you.”

----Steve Martin

Kathy Parks, an American author, pens her debut novel, The Lifeboat Clique that narrates the story of a high school girl who is an outcast among her friends circle, thus listing her among the unpopular kids in her high school, but when she sneaks into a party into a beach house party with the cool kids, little did she knew that her her status of being unpopular i soon going to be challenged by those uppity popular kids.


Some people m
Hannah McBride
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If Veronica Mars was stranded on a lifeboat with a handful of 09ers, this is what would happen.

If you don't get that reference ... My heart is sad for you.

THE LIFEBOAT CLIQUE is one of the funnest, wittiest, snarkiest books I've read in years. Denver is a powerhouse main character with a dry wit and comedic timing that will have any reader giggling and smiling.

When Denver crashes a cool kids party in Malibu the night an earthquake hits and triggers a tsunami, she never expected to be stranded on
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Is it weird to say this book was a lot of fun? Even though it was filled with tragedy and death, there was humour all throughout it. There were also some really beautiful moments. A solid book, which I couldn't put down and finished in one sitting. ...more

I would probably not survive a natural disaster. I can't swim, I cry easily, and I hate bugs. If the Hunger Games were a real thing, I'd probably be taken out first. Around the time the first movie debuted, I asked my sister if she would volunteer for me and she said no, so there's that.

Denver Reynolds is an outcast. With good reason. So when Croix Monroe, her all-star crush, invites her to the local teen rager, she's all for it. However, she couldn't be far from welcome. The mean girl trio, Si
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-2016
4.5 Stars. Not a forever favorite, but a solid dark comedy!

"Trevor Dunham talked quite a bit about his man part just before he drowned."

I gotta say, this book was love at first sentence-sight.

I was super excited for this because it's so rare that I find a dark comedy in YA, especially one with a premise that interests me. This book definitely had the premise. What would you do if you were stuck on a broken-down boat in the middle of the Pacific w/ a bunch of kids you hate? It would be nice to th
Sarah Louise
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can definitely see how this book wouldn't sit well with some people. The humor is dark, and I'd say if you're not into death being matched with a comical tone, maybe skip this one.

If you took the cast of Mean Girls and placed them in a life-or-death situation, you'd get The Lifeboat Clique. After an earthquake disrupts a high school party, Denver finds herself trapped in the middle of the ocean with a drumming stoner and the cruelest, most popular girls in school, including her ex-best friend
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hard Pass. Don't do it...especially the audio book. ...more
Nova Zaiden
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Want more reviews, discussions and fun-filled posts? Check out my book blog, Out of Time.

Pitched as "Mean Girls meets Life of Pi," how could I not want to read this? Admittedly, its a quirky combination but it worked so well! - Nova @ Out of Time

The plot follows a girl named Denver who's stuck in a boat with a bunch of the popular people in her school. I want to say, before you read this, keep in mind that it's meant to be satirical. A lot of it is stereotypical and in any other situation, it wo
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

One-dimensional characters. A judgmental and annoying protagonist. Unrealistic dialogue...

This book was not what I expected. It focused more on the past than their actual survival. A past that was particularly boring.

But here, let me be a little more specific.

Denver hates her ex-bestie, Abigail. Abigail, apparently, turned into a traitorous bitch after becoming popular. Denver is The Unpopular Saint Who Never Does Anything Wrong...except maliciously judge those around her. When we actua
Kaitlin (Next Page Please!)
A fabulous book! Could have easily gotten boring but didn't! The main character was also very sassy and sarcastic, which I loved.

Review soon!
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full Review can be found at

Alright, so let me start off by saying a big Thank-You to Harper Collins Canada for sending me a copy of The Lifeboat Clique to review.

So right off the bat you go into Denver who is a total outcast, that used to have an amazing best friend Abigail. Of course one night changed all of that, and now the two can't stand to be in the same room with one another! Of course it's not as easy as they think it will be when they are strand
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Darkly funny book - best comparison I've seen thus far is Veronica Mars meets Heathers!
Likely a 4.5 star read ... felt that it faltered a little near the end, but really liked how Denver came into her own and realized that she was truly a survivor. Great metaphor for high school in general.
Jess (Gone with the Words)
I really enjoyed this one! Kept me hooked throughout. And it was funny!
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

For the most part I enjoyed the reading experience of this, but my biggest problem was the tone shift. I was sold on this being an irreverently funny story about some highschoolers who end up stranded on a life boat, and for the most part that's what I got. However, there were times when the book seemed to take itself too seriously, which is where it lost me. We would get snarky comments from the main character suddenly turning into a deep monologue about how we all need to be nice to e
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

I was very hesitant about this book until I saw that it was pitched as "Mean Girls meets Life of Pi" though I wasn't a fan of Life of Pi and I am a big fan of Mean Girls. The Lifeboat Clique is witty, highly entertaining and a lesson about stereotypes that is a quick read you won't regret picking up.

After a falling out with her best friend Abigail, Denver is an outcast. Though not content with this Denver keeps her head down and just goes th
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The only reason Denver showed up at her ex-best friend's party was because of Croix . He asked if she was going, he wanted her there, so Denver braved the ridicule and hatred of the popular crowd and showed up. Worst decision ever. During the party, a tsunami hits and Denver finds herself floating out to sea, stranded with a few of the popular kids who hate her - including her former best friend Abigail.

Going into this one, this seemed like the type of book I could end up enjoying. It seemed lik
Kimberly Vanderbloom
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I watched a Epic read vlog where they were talking about the first lines in books. "Trevor Dunham talked quite a bit about his man part just before he drowned." After they said that I went out and bought a copy. When I say I bought a copy I actually purchased it in hardcover, ecopy and audible. I cracked it open yesterday and I am already done. It was a easy story to devour and it left me feeling complete. The characters were easy to apply to people in your life or people you have met along your ...more
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm very surprised that I didn't give up on this book, because it was boring. All the reviews I see of this book say how funny it is, yet I don't feel like I cracked a smile once. In fact, the only reason it's getting two stars instead of one is because it at least kept my attention. I just didn't care about any of the characters, except maybe Hayley. (view spoiler) I ...more
Rachel 007
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was SO MUCH FUN!!!! A cross between the dark/snark humor of Heathers (1988 movie) and Veronica Mars. Hannah @ Irish Banana said it best "if Veronica Mars was stuck on a boat with the '09ers"... yup, exactly! I do think you need to go into this novel knowing it's satirish and super snarky and to just have fun with it. This is not a terribly deep book and it was the perfect read while I was struggling through final papers at the end of the semester. I would definitely read another book b ...more
Nov 21, 2015 added it
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This was fun! A little surrealist, a little survivalist, and one of the funniest books I've read in a while. ...more
Mikaela Garcia
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
It was good, but not exciting and maybe a lot of tiny predictable. I feel most angry for the characters and when they are in the boat the never tells their learned to survive.
Charlee Remitz
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was enjoying it until it decided to hit me with the moral over the head over and over again. However, "¡Mi amiga está en la playa!" Made me laugh aloud. People looked at me weird. Oh well. ...more
Cori Reed
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Another book with a sense of humour that simply isn't my own. Also, at one point there's a sentence that goes something along the lines of "I jump up and down, waving my spear like a native" while on a deserted island, which rubbed me the wrong way. ...more
Paige Hammersley
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
I have such mixed feelings about this one. It was a quick read, and entertaining, but at times it felt like it was missing something, or perhaps the friendship-meets-tsunami thing didn't mesh together as well as I would have liked.

The Good:

Like I said, it was entertaining. I mean, it's about a tsunami and a life raft, so it should (and did!) have an element of excitement. And ther
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
This review was originally posted on Fable's LibraryThe Lifeboat Clique sounded great, and hilarious, when I read the summary I wanted to pick it up instantly. Even the cover was pretty and simple, I LOVED how it looked and sounded. But when I got to reading it, I realized that this book had me on the fence. For the first time EVER I'm not really sure how to rate this. So, once I'm done writing the review, I'm going to rate it. We'll see how that goes. But man, oh man, is this a weird feeling. T ...more
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Hi, I’m Kathy Parks, author of The Lifeboat Clique. (Katherine Tegen Books, March 1 2016)

It’s about Denver Reynolds, an outcast at her high school, who ends up in a lifeboat with the popular kids who hate her.

It’s Mean Girls meets Life of Pi!

I live near the beach in Carpinteria, California with my husband and two cats.

I love questions and meeting other authors.

Hope you’ll check out The Lifeboat Cl

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“Ironic, isn't it?"
"Here I am, trying to survive WITH you, when before my whole plan was just trying to SURVIVE YOU."
"I'm not sure what that means. And I wish you'd stop talking in puzzles and just say normal things, because I've had a big shock. This morning I was looking at a YouTube video of a hamster eating a tiny burrito and now I'm floating on this stupid raft and my friends are dead so just keep that in mind.”
“Our high school suffered a huge loss of life. But as awful as the tsunami was, good things actually came of it. We learned that out there on the ocean, there’s no such thing as popular kids and unpopular kids. We were all equal and all valuable.” 1 likes
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