Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy (coming June 28, 2011 from Hyperion, for ages 12 and up)
Source: advanced reading copy from publisher
Synopsis (from the publisher):
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.
Why I liked it: Okay, what the synopsis doesn't tell you is that four pairs of twins from Vermont end up on a life raft in the Atlantic Ocean, after driving many hours to Annapolis.
If you can get past that opening, I promise you'll devour this book. I literally couldn't tear myself away from the page. Desperately wanted a drink of cold water, and decided I'm not going out on a boat anytime soon, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Despite the brutal subject matter (and yes, there are some shockers), this book is funny! Enid's voice is spot-on. She's a smart girl who's absolutely clueless that she's stalking Wick.
It's also inspiring. There's a lot of soul-searching and emotional depth here, as these teens confront the idea of their own mortality. And Kristen has a logical explanation for the twin pairs. They all knew each other from twin studies back in Vermont. When you learn Sov and Munny's story, you may even find yourself in tears.
This is such a great summer read that I'm giving away my ARC! Open internationally. Hurry, because this giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. To enter, simply:
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What's your favorite read so far this month?