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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  709 ratings  ·  108 reviews
One moment of rashness, and fourteen-year-old Emily Slake finds herself amid hundreds of panicked and drowning people in the dark ocean waters off Sumatra. Miles from shore without a life vest, she resolves to survive. But in facing the dangers of the ocean, the desperation of her fellow survivors, and her own growing exhaustion, Emily must summon wits and endurance she's ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 8th 2005 by Laurel Leaf (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was riveted to this little book! I connected immediately to 14 year old Emily, stuck in Banda Aceh on the island of Sumatra with her doctor parents. Although she tries to fit in, Emily is lonely and desperate for her home and friends in Boston. Angry and upset over something that went wrong at the clinic, Emily takes a ferry to visit her Uncle Matt on the small island of Weh, without telling her parents. She's sure she'll arrive in plenty of time for Matt to phone her mom and dad before they'r ...more
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Normally, Overboard is not a book that I would pick up. But since I got the book, I thought, why not read it? It has less than 200 pages after all. And upon opening the book, I was surprised that it was actually signed! Aren't I just lucky.

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.

Overboard i
Gel (Whimsy Wanders)
REVIEW WILL BE UP ON MY Thank you to author Elizabeth Fama for providing me a Kindle and physical copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.

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

Elizabeth Fama’s books have made me terrified, flabbergasted, swoon, happy, and amazed. But never pensive like this. Overboard is a well-realised tale of the ugliness and the untimeliness of life.

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
Patrick Freeman
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I definitely was intrigued by this book. It caught me by surprise. I enjoyed the mystery and always being on the edge of my seat while reading. This is certainly for someone into drama. The books is written by the same author as Hatchet and it has many of the same characteristics as that book did.
Jayvee  "Writer For Misfits"
If a book has left me in a rollercoaster of feelings, it would have to be this book. Filled with values and morals, Overboard just threw me off into an abyss of feelings, where I am now dysfunctional because it is just so good.
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
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA
I will admit that I would never have picked up this book on my own. I asked my friend/mentor for recommendations for “Adventure” themed books for my class and she recommended the author E. Fama. Through the first 20-30 pages I thought perhaps I had made a mistake. I was reading about a whiny, complaining teen girl so nothing surprising. Then she boarded a ferry and her life changed, as did my reading experience.

Every moment of her life for the hours that she was in the water after the ferry caps
Ryan DellaPenna
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Overboard by Elizabeth Fama was a short and exciting novel. After being forced to move to Samatra with her parents, Emily is also forced to work in a hospital with her parents. When a patient dies from something that could potentially be blamed on her and her parents tell her to take it as a learning experience, she had taken enough to push her over the edge to run away. Without her parents knowing, Emily gets on an overcrowded tilting boat. After the sinking of the boat she goes through many st ...more
Poleth Mercado
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was INCREDIBLE. It was way beyond good of what I ever imagined. It had very good detail and description, and tons of internal thinking which made this story more suspenseful and way better. I recommend this to people who like true stories and girls because its in a girls perspective, but really to all because it shows how we need to be in life. Now, this book isn't like the boring stories you might have read that may have been true. This book does great in not making you bored, but pro ...more
Carol Storm
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Stephen Crane's THE OPEN BOAT meets THE BREAKFAST CLUB by John Hughes.

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 . . .
Bryon Cahill
Aug 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Not the ridiculous Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn fiasco...
May 20, 2011 rated it liked it
It was too short, the characters didn't have enough depth, and I wish that there could have been some kind of reunion with her parents at the end of the book.
Dessie V
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the book! I wish that they would make a second one.
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think I was expecting a lot more. It wasn't as good as I thought it would be.
Nov 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: grades6-8th
great book for Muslims to relate with, fantastic lesson,a lot of unexpected Islam in this book.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
The book Overboard is based around a girl named Emily and a major event that happened in her life. At the beginning the author writes about what her family was like and how she grew up. She lives in Sumatra with her parents. Emily's parents are doctor's and she often has to help out at the clinic they work at. One day she had a patient die and nothing was going right so she was going to run-off to her uncle. She was going to take a ferry to where he lived and then call her parents when she got t ...more
Sydney Cantwell
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought it was a good book, it was a little hard to understand at first, I had to reread a couple of chapters to really understand what something ment or an event that was unclear. Once I started to understand what was going on I enjoyed it. I was very surprised that it was based off a true story. At some points in the story I didn't really like the details of times the characters were in pain, like the end was a little rough because I could imagin the pain Emily was in. Over all the book was ...more
This book was based partly on the author's own experiences of travelling and living in exotic places growing up, and partly on the true story of the sinking of the ferry Gurita in the 1990's off the coast of Sumatra. I thought the story to be well crafted and well written. It was engaging and had me holding my breath right along with Emily as she swims to survive the night in the Indonesian ocean waters. Though the character of Emily does seem a bit unbelievably wise beyond her years at fourteen ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book was different than what I thought it would originally be about. The storyline was easy to follow as Emily and a young boy Isman swam after their ferry boat had sunk in the ocean, they swam all day & night to reach safety. The experience that they both faced was something most people wouldn't think of as they faced troubles throughout the night by trying to survive in the hardest most demanding conditions. The only thing I didn't like was how much rambling occurred, there were many r ...more
Carina Olsen
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Elizabeth contacted me about this book of hers, I was thrilled. Because I adore Beth. She's amazing. And the two books I have read by her so far, Monstrous Beauty and Plus One, have both been amazing. I said yes right away to be able to read this book too. And I'm so glad I did. Because I enjoyed this one a whole lot. Overboard was written about thirteen years ago, so it is a bit old, but still amazing. I'm so glad that I read it. And I simply cannot wait to read even more books by the amaz ...more
Jacob Saltzman
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had me on the edge of my seat, every page was jammed packed with very scary situations that could happen to you. The fear that life can just get taken away from you just like that is a very scary thing in my opinion. The only thing I don't like is how short the book is, even though it comes to a conclusion. I really want to know though if Isman's parents even made it.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Nail Biter
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
I really liked the scenes where she was in the ocean and she had to survive, but this book had only two main scenes, that's why it has three stars
Trina Collins
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected and left me wanting just a bit more
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Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
While not exactly my cup of tea, it was still a decent read and thankfully short enough to hold my interest until the end.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
The worst! Extremely boring
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
A finished copy of this title was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are my own. This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

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
Mar 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Author: Elizabeth Fama
Title: Overboard
Genre: survival
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
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edited: August 6, 2015

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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
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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
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Elizabeth Fama is the author of Plus One (FSG, 2014), Monstrous Beauty (FSG, 2012), a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and Odyssey Award honor winner, and Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), an ALA Best Books for Young Adults.

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