Monday, July 25, 2011

Sharks and Boys by Kristen Tracy

Title: Sharks and Boys
Author: Kristen Tracy
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
Source: Thanks Netgalley and Publisher!

Summary: When 15-year-old Enid Calhoun follows her boyfriend Wick to Maryland for a party, fearful that he might be intending to cheat on her, she finds herself sneaking on board a houseboat where Wick and his friends plan to have a wild night. But before the boys discover their stowaway, a hurricane strikes, and the teenagers are carried miles from the shore and shipwrecked. What follows is a harrowing, yet heartwarming, story of survival, as the teens battle hypothermia, dehydration, man-eating sharks--and along the way, confront their own deepest secrets, including their catalytic roles in the disaster.

Review: Scary.

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 loved seeing Enid grow.

Tracy knows how to make you shiver and make you fear. I felt like I was out on that raft with Enid and all the twins. I felt like I was going to be attacked my sharks and die. It was frightening and enough to make me scared of the ocean. Which I love but now I'm a little afraid. That's what a well-written survival/suspense book can do to you.

Not much happened while Enid and the boys were out on the raft. But we got to here them talk about their fears, hopes and we got to see them discover some pretty interesting things. And, therefore, it wasn't boring. You were kept on your toes through the entire book...waiting...waiting...for the shark to come up and bite you on the head.

A really cool aspect of Sharks & Boys was all the twins. Enid and Landon; Wick and Dale; Sov and Munny; Burr and Skate. Yes, weird names and it took me awhile to get used to all the characters but eventually you get to know them really well. And there was the aspect of the twin studies, which was interesting!

I thought there was going to be more of a romance in this book but there wasn't really. I was intrigued enough by the sharks and tyring to survive that I didn't need a romance. Though there is a rumored sequel, which I would happily read!

Sharks & Boys was an awesome, scary tale that will have you shivering with suspense. And if you live close to the ocean...beware. No, seriously, be careful.



Mary said...

Great review -- and yours is the first I've read for this book, which is a little surprising since it sounds great. Even though Erin started out whiny, it's probably a good thing she changed because those boys might have fed her to the sharks! Definitely going to have to check this one out. Sounds like something very different!

Mary @ Book Swarm

Audrey said...

Thanks for reviewing this. I've been wanting to read this, but I haven't been seeing many reviews of it, so I was holding out.

Eh. Maybe not. I *do* go to the beach every day. XD


Lauren M said...

Haha, it's sad that Enid had to go through this to turn herself around! I agree that she was kind of unbelievable during the first parts of the book.
And I definitely shuddered through the gritty parts of the book. I still enjoyed Sharks & Boys, though! Great review. :)

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