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Sharks & Boys

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  94 reviews

Fifteen-year-old Enid's carefully constructed life in Vermont is beginning to crumble. She has come to accept that, after bonding together for years in "twin studies," her friends have betrayed her. And now she finds out that her dad has betrayed her mom. It's not easy, but at least she's got her boyfriend, Wick, to help her through this tough time. Solid, funny, gorgeous

Hardcover, 264 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Disney-Hyperion
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Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was ok

i am the person who will happily be on the receiving end of the question "does this milk taste bad to you??" i mean, what do i have going on that i shouldn't be drinking your spoiled-ass milk?

and wendy darling tried to warn me off with this negative review, but i just had to see for myself.

and she's right, although i hated it less than she did. maybe because i read it in a couple of hours, when i was stranded on the subway platform, waiting for the trains to take me home
Wendy Darling
Wow. This might be the most annoying girl I've ever read about in YA book--and I've read a lot of YA books.

Enid and her boyfriend are on a break, because she is controlling and possessive and mistrustful. She tells him he can't go to parties, she reads his emails, she checks his text messages, she jealously hounds him about a girl who is interested in him, and then she STALKS him 500 miles on a weekend getaway, where she spies on him and his friends.

The book then becomes a totally weird, totally
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Sharks and Boys suffers from what I'm going to call, fondly, Invincible Summer syndrome. The lighthearted cover does not at all fit the book inside, and neither does, in this case, the cutesy title. It's sad and scary and not what I was expecting.

But that isn't where my 3 stars come from. I judged the book for what it is and thought it did a perfectly adequate job, but I just didn't fall in love. The writing wasn't smooth, the main character was insufferable, and the characters' names were ridic
Akanksha Ramesh
Apr 24, 2012 rated it 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 boyfrien
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This was different from what I was expecting but I did really enjoy it. I really liked Kristen Tracy's writing and I'll be sure to check out more of her work.

The story begins with Enid and her boyfriend Wick 'taking a break'. Convince he will cheat on her she follows him to a party and sneaks on board the boat. When the boat sinks they all find themselves in a world of trouble...

The main character of Enid is where this book was different than I was expecting. She came across as quite lost - she
Princess Bookie
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2011
My Thoughts: We are introduced to Enid and her twin brother Landon. They are a part of a twin studies group where they are around other twins all the time. The study also checks to see if they are like one another, or can connect easily. We are than introduced to Wick. Wick is Enid's boyfriend. At the beginning of the story, we see them together and he wants to take a break. A lot has been going on in Enid's life and things have gotten "weird" between them.

Enid doesn't like this idea at all so
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book is an interesting journey to nowhere. A group of teenagers, through a series of bad decisions and a violent storm, ends up on a raft in shark-infested waters. As the group is stranded longer and longer, Enid's thoughts grow more and more tangled, taking the reader with her through a mental labyrinth with no exit. I was enthralled throughout each twist and turn of the story, as Enid and her friends found themselves in an unthinkable situation that continued to intensify. The characters ...more
May 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lmc-reviews this one for free as an advanced copy, and it was worth every penny I paid for it. Underdeveloped characters, suspenseful build up that fizzled into nothing, literal, physical shark attacks in a teen drama - I can't think of many people that would like this book.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
read in 4 hours. made me tear up:( in the sad parts
Brooke || FindingMyFavoriteBook
GENRE: Young Adult | Fiction

SETTING: Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean

PLOT: Enid and Wick are “taking a break”. But when she suspects Wick is planning to meet up with Simone during a trip with the boys, she decides to secretly follow. This lands her on a boat, hiding in the bathroom where the boys don’t know she’s there...but also means she’s there when the boat leaves the dock heading out to sea, gets caught in a storm, and capsizes. What follows is a tale of survival in the Atlantic Ocean, on a
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-copy, blog
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Sharks and Boys by Kristin Tracy is a book I really wanted to like. It's contemporary, which I absolutely love, and it also has this wild-survivor life thing going on. I mean, a bunch of teenagers stuck on a raft in the middle of the ocean while sharks swim right next to their puny little inflatable 'boat'?! It has got to be amazing, right? Sadly... Not so much.

The story follows 4 sets of twins, Enid (main character), her twin
KJ Kelly
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have to admit, the title seemed a bit lacking in imagination; however, the very thing that made me doubt the storyline also caused me to want to read it to see how the it actually developed. I could definitely feel Enid's concern and lack of control of her emotions. It makes you want to give her some sound advice. The survival aspect was interesting but seemed flatter than I would have liked. The ending was a little abrupt but not harsh.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much I couldnt put it down wanted to keep reading. THis was my life love the wirting make more this is the best book
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was kind of a wow. There's a lot of problems, and I'm even kind of surprised that I was so engaged and into it the whole time.

The beginning is slow. There's exposition, and A LOT going on. Everything except the adventure/suspense story is pretty muddled. There's Enid's job helping her mother decorating cakes, there's something about a llama that NEVER makes sense, there is some talk of twins stuff that is interesting later, but introduced so confusingly that you ignore it for a while.
Aug 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what this book was about. I figured it would have something to do with sharks and boys and with the cover looking so summery and innocent, I was in for a surprise when I was a quarter thru.

I was not a fan of Enid in the beginning whatsoever. I found her absolutely annoying and insecure. I hate insecure people who go out of their way to make their insecurity known by controlling those around them. That’s a personality trait that I have no interest in at all. And, my god, E
Source: Received from netgalley as part of the Teen Book Scene blog tour. Many thanks goes to Netgalley and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 3.5/5

Enid is having a tough time with her parent's relationship woes, so much so that she thinks her boyfriend is cheating on her. When he decides they should take a break she crumbles. She knows he's going to a party and she's wondering if he will
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Nov 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Sharks and Boys by Kristen Tracy shows us somewhere even crazier that a relationship on a ‘break’ can lead than ‘Friends’ did. When the book first stars Enid Calhoun and her boyfriend Wick Jarboe are together – making marzipan sea creatures for a wedding cake, no less –but before their afternoon is over, Wick lets Enid know he thinks they should take a break.

The break, of course, leads Enid to think Wick wants to be with another girl – or girls. So, while she’s with her mother delivering the wed
Alyssa hoffmaster
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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After I finished reading this book, it really made me thankful for fresh water and a warm safe bed.

I literally could not stop reading this book because I wanted to know what would happen next. This book was so suspenseful and I almost wished I could reach into the pages and hand them each a glass of water and some food.

This book starts out with Enid and wick, making decorations for a cake and getting into a fight, they decided to take a break after dating for a year. Wick then
-k The Lady Critic
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, for-review
This novel was by far not what I was expecting to read. Granted, I am also guilty of judging the book by the cover, so that’s the reasoning I can give for why I was so surprised by it. I also seemed to miss the whole “hypothermia, dehydration, survival” bit of the summary.

This started off fluffy enough – which is the path I thought it would continue to take – and I even found myself bored by Enid and I really wanted to just slap the sense into her. But then she bites off the Groom and Bride’s fe
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2011, horror
Enid’s life is dramatic enough before she ends up stranded on a raft in shark-infested waters with her friends. Her boyfriend Wick wants to take a break, her mom’s wedding business is keeping her busier than ever, and Enid’s lothario father is trying to make amends with his family. Yet all this takes the proverbial backseat as the group of teens grapple with exposure, dehydration, and the very real threat of being eaten by sharks.

The problem with Tracy’s book lies mostly with its misleading cove
E. Anderson
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
You know, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Kristen Tracy‘s latest, SHARKS & BOYS. Sure, there would be sharks, and yes, there would be boys. But the plot is bigger, the characters more complex, than you’d ever get from the two words in the title.

Enid is one of two fraternal twins, and her core group of friends include three other sets of twins, one of which is her boyfriend, Wick. Enid and her friends have been part of a local twin study for quite a while, and in the past year she and
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Breanna F. for

"Enid has boy problems. But once she's adrift at sea in a life raft, they're not nearly as bad as her shark problems."

One day, fifteen-year-old Enid's boyfriend decides that he wants to "take a break," and all of a sudden her life in Vermont starts to crash down around her. Right after Wick tells her he wants a break, he also announces that he'll be going on a trip with the other guys from their twin studies (Enid has a twin brother and they participate
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is part of the Contemps reading challenge. The cover for this one is really cute. I love how blue the ocean is and after reading the book, I really appreciate the shark fin in the water. Also, I love how the green bracelet from the book made it onto the cover. It’s always fun when the cover for a book actually matches the content of the novel. It doesn’t always happen.

I honestly had a love/hate relationship with many of the characters in this book. I don’t want to go as far as telling
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Summary: Enid has just been dumped by her boyfriend Wick, but she’s desperate for another shot. She follows Wick (and his friends, who happen to be part of their Twin Studies group) onto a boat to spy on him, but the ship ends up sinking, leaving the group stranded at sea—without supplies—for days on end.

My thoughts: Sharks and Boys is a haunting, vivid portrayal of the symptoms of slow, steady starvation. Kristen Tracy is horrifyingly honest in depicting every aspect of her characters’ physica
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I can't begin to tell you how much I really loved this book. There is so much in it that I don't even know where to start!

Okay, so, the storyline...AMAZING! I really loved how it all flowed so smoothly that nothing passes you in the story. As the reader, you immediately fall into the story and into Enid shoes. Enid is your typical teenager with realistic problems that we all face, except she get stranded in the ocean with nothing but boys. At the beginning, we see Enid struggling in finding who
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I am totally glad that I do not have a waterbed because honestly, after finishing sharks & boys, I am a little anxious about seeing dorsal fins in my dreams tonight! This is a book that will make you hesitate to step foot into a body of water – at least, without proper equipment and supplies.

At first, I had been skeptical about how this story would play out. A group of teens stranded on a boat? Not the usual setting for teenage drama, but Kristen Tracy makes it work – and how! As these
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it

That's basically all I could think about when I was reading Sharks & Boys. Sharks & Boys is mainly a story of survival...and what you'll do to survive.

I have to admit, Enid annoyed me for the first quarter of the book. She was annoying, extremely possessive of her boyfriend, and whiny. Whiny girls do not sit well with me. Thankfully, being out on a yellow raft thing with a bunch of boys did the trick. She wasn't half bad, actually she turned out to be a really good character, and I
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-arc
I wasn't sure what I would think of this story, as I had read some reviews by others that were mixed. A lot of people felt that Enid was annoying, flirting with all the boys while in a dangerous situation, and other issues. So I was pleasantly surprised to find myself really engrossed in this story. I've always liked, I'm ashamed to admit, stories about people floating out in the ocean with sharks and having to fight to survive. I feel awful that I find that entertaining, but I can't help it. I ...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
3.5 stars

Wow. To say that this book was deeply intense would be an understatement. The thing I like most about it is that it starts off like a typical contemp: a story about a bratty teen girl who is overbearing and undertrusting toward her boyfriend, and then BAM!: the story shifts absolutely suddenly into a scary story of trying to survive in open water. If you picked up this book without reading anything about it, you would never know the story it was going to turn into, and I absolutely love
Nicole Loop
well I thought it would be a chore to read this, but I got through it in a day and half. Not sure why so fast I guess I liked the situation they were in. I heard it was a Crap book and read the reviews on it being bad and sometimes I like bad books like some ppl like bad movies. But the girl OH MY GAWD!! That freaky girl thinks it's a higher power calling that she just steals her mom's car leaving the mom stranded to take a damn 500 mile drive to STALK HER EX. yeah no I can totally bond with thi ...more
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