Thursday, June 9, 2011

Just when you thought it was safe... a GIVEAWAY!

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:

1)  Be a follower
2)  Leave a comment on this post.

That's all!  Hey, it's been 97 degrees F here today and I'm too hot to think about making it more complicated  (but if you want to tweet about it, feel free)!

Good luck!

What's your favorite read so far this month?


  1. in YA, my fave this month was Wither. And yes B&N puts the book thief in MG. Have a great weekend.

  2. My favorite this month was Angelfire. I just finished it.
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  3. Sounds good! This wouldn't typically be something I'd pick up, but I love your review. Count me in!
    And, this weather is awful--it's not even "summer" yet!

  4. It has been insanely hot up here, too!

    I just finished Jellicoe Road and LOVED it.

    This sounds really interesting!

  5. I haven't had time to read ANYTHING this month! But i am about to start Artemis Fowl.

  6. Good luck to everyone and thanks for entering.

    Ooo, Brooke! I loved WITHER also. And that is so weird about B&N shelving BOOK THIEF in middle-grade. It's definitely considered YA where I live. Too bad you don't have an indie bookstore near you!

    Hi Vivien. Angelfire looks intriguing. Paranormal romance seems to be holding its own, despite what I heard at the NJ SCBWI conference last weekend!

    I agree, Kelly. This weather is brutal. Bring back 70 degrees!

    Kat, a lot of people have recommended Jellicoe Road to me, including a local librarian who raved about it as much as you do! Need to read it one of these days!

    Hi Corey! Yay for ARTEMIS FOWL. After the first chapter, it's laugh-out-loud funny.

  7. My favorite read is Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready. Loved it.
    At least, it's cooling down for the weekend.
    Sounds like an interesting book.
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  8. This sounds great. I'd love to read it. There needs to be more books about being shipwrecked.

  9. This sounds really good! My favorite book so far this month would have to be We'll Always Have Summer. This is probably one of my favorite series!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Hi Christine! I've heard great things about SHIFT. Thanks for the sidebar mention.

    Good point, Kulsuma.

    Mandi, I've seen that book on the new release endcap. It does look like fun.

    Good luck to you all and thanks for entering.