Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published: August 15, 2017 by: Dial Books
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Emma has always idolized her older sister Henri, but their relationship will never be tested more than when they become castaways. When the girls graduation trip goes wrong, they find themselves stranded on a deserted island with only their boating companion with them, a mysterious boy named Alex who houses a lot of secrets. While trying to survive, Henri falls apart, while Emma begins to take on the role of older sister and tries to keep them afloat. As Henri grows less hopeful that they will be rescued, Emma begins to grow closer to Alex, which begins severing the sister bond that the two always had.
I did not think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. I thought it would be cheesy and predictable, but instead the plot kept me entertained from beginning to end. This was a very thrilling novel, and really had me flying through to try and see if the girls really would make it off the island.
I loved the themes explored in this novel. Of course the main is the bond between the two sisters, and how that can fall apart when all hope is lost. I can't even begin to imagine what would happen if my sister and I were trapped on a deserted island, we would probably tear each others hair out! This book really did well at not glossing over their relationship and really showing the detrimental affects that survival can do to a person.
There was one issue I had with this book, and that is Henri. This girl was so.damn.annoying. I totally understand that this is the point of her character. She is stubborn and rebellious, but the choices she made and the way she spoke to her sister just made me want to smack her straight across the face. There were times where I literally cringed at the stuff she was saying. This didn't completely affect how I thought about the book, but just be warned, this character is so damn easy to hate.
Overall, the relationship themes, shadowed by the element of survival on a deserted island, really made me quite interested in this novel. It was easy to get through, but please be aware of how annoying Henri is.
Have you read A Map for Wrecked Girls? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess
Oh, I was thinking it would be cheesy but from your review it sounds like a well-developed story. Adding to the TBR mountain! Awesome post as always!ReplyDelete
Awesome! I hope you enjoy it :)Delete
Me too! It doesn't have Insta-Love does it?Delete
Kinda, not gonna lie. But insta love doesn’t bother me that much so I didn’t find it a pressing issue tbh.Delete
I've been apprehensive about this book because of the apparent cheesiness, but I'm so glad you didn't find it cheesy! It's awesome that it kept you entertained, and I like the sound of a messy, dynamic sisterly relationship.ReplyDelete
Great review Emily!
It wasn’t cheesy at all! I hope you’ll give it a go, Amy!Delete
Don'tcha just hate it when you're on a boat trip and suddenly fall into the plot of a novel? ;)ReplyDelete
If I was marooned with my brother he would have to find a spot on the exact opposite side of the island where I could send him when he's too annoying. Otherwise, there would be only one survivor, and it wouldn't be him!
Haha, that’s like me and my sister, believe me!Delete
I liked this one too, and yes! Henri was awful lol. But overall it was pretty good. Glad you liked it too!ReplyDelete
Yes, definitely agree!Delete
Interesting! I tend to find desert island or single-room plots really fun to read about because I love the intense character development that comes from these.ReplyDelete
I love these plots too! It really keeps me on the edge of my seat.Delete