THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Release Date: April 26th, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Rating: 3.5 Birds
What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together?
While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together.
And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.
There’s a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there’s nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn’t. Or say things you shouldn’t. The reward almost always outweighs the risk.
It’s the end of Aberdeen, but the beginning of Keeley’s first love story. It just might not turn out the way she thought. Because it’s not always clear what’s worth fighting for and what you should let become a memory.
Great concept that was all in all entertaining. I want to say the whole book was amazing, but sadly the middle dragged along. Still since the book starts with a scene from the end, you want to keep going to see how it all happened, if not with who.
THE LAST BOY IN GIRL IN THE WORLD will show you that nothing is permanent no matter how solid you think it is, and water can wash away more than just your belongings.
Keeley is a good lead character, I found her likable and relatable if not a bit naïve, which plays well in to who she is. Keeley’s first love, Jesse on the other hand always struck me as reckless, secretive and I just didn’t like him. This is how you’re supposed to feel I think, the author wants your inner protector to kick in and understand the signs of a rather crappy relationship. Keeley doesn't see this of course, and it makes it all the more better – it true to that first real love. It’s blind and full force, flying down a hill with out any brakes.
Watching Keeley grow and change throughout the book was one of my favorite parts, the process of her organizing what’s important to her emotionally and each decision becoming a stepping block for her to become an an adult, was brilliant.
If you’re looking for a contemporary novel who’s plot is new and fresh then THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD is for you. Grab a towel and your life jacket – Aberdeen isn’t going to make it through this dry – and you may not either.