Review: The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

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Summary:

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.

Almost.

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.

Review:

I have no idea how to review this. I was so excited, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations. It starts well enough, the whole idea is interesting and sets up for a great development; the characters are well-defined, and flawed, which I liked. The problem for me was that there wasn’t a real development.

Keeley is just a teenage girl, who’s lived in the shadows of  her two best friends, at least when it comes to boys. She’s funny, and kind of a dork, she’s so different from most of the other girls. She has crush on a boy who’s just like her in so many ways; and I loved that this book showed how the same attitude was considered cool in a boy, but weird in a girl. I even liked that Keeley was selfish, in a way that a lot of teenagers are. Her city is about to disappear but when her crush notices her, that’s all she can think about. And that’s okay, because let the adults be adults. What bugged me is that she never grew up. The way she wanted to distract everyone from what was happening was fine until it wasn’t anymore, because at some point she should have started to freak out; I mean your city is about to disappear, wake up! Keeley made so many mistakes, but in the end I don’t feel like she righted them.

I think the ending would have been a better start for this story. Keeley’s redemption with some flash backs to what happened to her city would have probably been a lot more interesting. I’m so sad to say this, especially because the writing style was great and the characters had so much potentials. It was enjoyable, of course, but it could have been a great book if only Keeley had gone through a significant development.

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