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Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 26, 2016
Genres: Family, Social Issues, Teen, Young Adult
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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.
The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian was an interesting meld of teen love story, family drama and eminent domain. “What?” you say. “A YA book about the government claiming land?” Yup, and it was a very interesting way to look at where you live and what can happen when a decision is made by lawmakers and not citizens. The family drama was also great, a father fighting for a town and the repercussions from not following the party line. Then the teen love story came in, and sadly did not match the awesomeness of the other parts. The town of Aberdeen is going under water and the citizens are being paid off to leave. Keeley’s father is fighting for the town, but Keeley is fighting to make her crush notice her before the town goes under.
The plot of The Last Boy and Girl in the World was very interesting. A town slowly being flooded and the citizens for and against it and a teen trapped between her family and the boy she desires. The writing of Siobhan Vivian was strong. She was able to make me see the locations and feel the fear of the townspeople in some scenes. The pacing had some issues with some sections seemingly on fast forward and others on slo-mo. The world Vivian built was very real. I could feel the rain and wind whipping through the locations. The emotions were strong, but unfortunately they centered around whining and pouting. The characters were a downfall as they lacked dimension. Keeley was self-centered and even in the face of dire circumstances only thought about what she wanted.
I loved two-thirds of The Last Boy and Girl in the World. The family drama and the town’s fate were very intriguing; the selfishness of Keeley unfortunately dragged the rest of the tale down. If Siobhan Vivian had crafted this as more of a drama and not a teen romance with drama thrown in, I would have enjoyed the entire read. Vivian is a strong writer, and I would read another of her works, with the hope that she keeps with the strong world and less with the weak characters.
Favorite lines – The strange reality is that just because your town is almost washed away doesn’t mean you stop being in love with a boy.
Biggest cliché – Flood, schmood. I just want the dreamy boy.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge