To be honest, this book is not my taste so I didn't really enjoy it as much as I would want to. But taste aside, I have to admit that it was a pretty good book. It's my fault that I wasn't able to get into it, not the book's nor the author's fault.
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There's just something captivating about a book that was based on a true story and Overboard by Elizabeth Fama is quite gripping as I only finished it in a day. Well, I know it is only 186 pages but I'm such a slow reader that finishing a book in 24 hours is a record for me.
Lately, I've been picking up some great frie...more
Overboard is set in Indonesia and for once, it was refreshing not to read anything Westernised or so modern. I could identify with what Fama was describing because the Indonesian culture doesn’t differ that much of those from us here in the Philippines. I’m happy that Fama presented nothing but the trut ...more
Overboard tells the story of a fourteen-year old girl, Emily, forced to live in Indonesia because her parents work as volunteer doctors. She does not like being the odd one out among the dark skinned people while her pale white skin and blonde hair gets paraded on by peopl ...more
Every moment of her life for the hours that she was in the water after the ferry caps ...more
I have to give this book two stars just because the suspense of drowning, terror and dehydration keeps you turning the pages till the very end. But the characters in this book are so annoying, it's like Molly Ringwald from THE BREAKFAST CLUB meets Hadji from JOHNNY QUEST and all they do is talk and talk and swim and drown and talk and talk . . .
I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Fama's after reading her dark and haunting Monstrous Beauty, and I was even further overcome by her beautiful words in Plus One. Plus, she's just an all-around awesome individual. So I was beyond excited to be given the opportunity to read her first book now that it's gone to print again.
I'm not alwa ...more
Publication Info: Dell Laurel-Leaf. New York. 2002.
Recommended Age: 12 and up
Plot Summary: Emily Slake is a ninth-grader who has been living in Sumatra for the last two years. Her parents, both doctors, moved there as part of World Physicians for Children. Emily is expected to help out in the clinic. She has no friends and is miserable because of the heat and humidity. Her parents seem to have no patience with her. They all but blame her for t ...more
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This book made me feel scared.
Yes. That's the first thought that popped into my head as I finished reading Overboard at 2 in the morning. It reminded me so much of Titanic, the movie that made me feel afraid in boarding a ship again. Like the film, Elizabeth Fama's book made me feel afraid too. But its difference is that it also made me feel another thing.
It made me feel h ...more
This book is an easy read for me. I do not usually pick up books like this but Heavens! Good thing, I did! It left me breathless and gasping for air. Figuratively.
Emily is actually not a likeable person. At least, in my opinion. But she grew on me. She is a very brave person and I look up to her. What she did there--fight for her life, her survival--is a very pretty and tough job to do. I don't know if I can even do that. She is kinda selfish at the ...more
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