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The Living by Matt de la Pena
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really liked it

Fast paced page turner. Easy to read and I enjoyed every minute of it. This is a young, young adult story IMO.

Shy is a HS kid who takes a summer job on a cruise ship to try to make some extra money to help his family - his single mother, sister, and nephew. They just lost their grandmother unexpectedly to a rare disease moving up the coastline and Shy doesn't like the idea of being away from his family. But the money is good and he won't be gone too long ... or so he thinks.

Shy's voice is strong and he is so likable that he's easy to relate to even if I didn't grow in Otay Mesa, CA near the Mexico border. I couldn't help but root for Shy and wished all the challenges he kept facing would just stop and the world would give him a break! It doesn't. He has to deal with the death of his grandmother, witnessing a suicide, surviving a tsunami out at sea, being shipped wreaked and much, much more.

If there's one thing Shy learns about himself through these harrowing experiences, it's that he's a survivor with a little bit of luck on his side. I didn't want the story to end when it did. There's too much left unknown - too many questions. I'm ready for the next book in this series to see what Shy finds when he returns to a home destroyed by the biggest earthquake on record and a contagious disease attacking residents up and down the West Coast.

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Reading Progress

August 16, 2014 – Shelved
August 16, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
August 20, 2014 – Started Reading
August 22, 2014 –
page 32
August 22, 2014 –
page 32
August 24, 2014 –
page 242
August 24, 2014 – Finished Reading

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