The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks | Dehydration and other fun things


Some people might say that Denver had a death wish. Why else would she have dared to sneak into a Malibu beach party where she’d be surrounded by enemies, namely including her ex-BFF Abigail?

Oh yeah. Croix. Denver never thought in a million years he’d ask her out, but who was she to question this miracle of fate? Well, that wasn’t the only surprise fate had in store.

During the party a tsunami hit the coast of California, wiping out everything in its path. Denver and a handful of others escaped death by holding onto the roof of the house and were swept out to sea. Of course, one of her fellow castaways was none other than Abigail, who could barely stand the sight of her.

Now that she’s floating in the ocean, stuck on a small boat with the most popular kids in school and waiting to be rescued, Denver wonders what might kill her first-dehydration, sunstroke, or the girl she used to think of as a sister?

A hilariously dark and twisted story that sparkles with a remarkably fresh voice, The Lifeboat Clique is Kathy Park’s irreverent yet insightful novel about how to survive in the most unthinkable circumstances (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

I don’t really know what I expected when I picked up this book. A survival story, sure. But other than that I had pretty much no idea. I have to say, though: I love the cover. I’m notorious for judging a book by its cover. I’m way less likely to pick up a book if I didn’t like the cover. This one was rather fantastic, so it drew my eye. The basic idea of the story is this: during a party, a tsunami hits and washes five kids out into the ocean while they cling to a roof. They find a beat-up boat and try to survive.

What I liked:

-The book is actually quite funny, and it’s a clever, dark sort of humor, which I much prefer to the more crude humor that seems to populate most YA novels.

-The book isn’t about romance; it’s about a friendship, mostly between the MC, Denver, and her former best friend, Abigail. Their almost sisterly relationship went sour for a number of reasons, and Abigail has sense joined the popular clique, and is now best friends with two girls she used to hate.

-Denver and Abigail are written super realisticly; both have their problems and their strengths. Abigail isn’t your typical best-friend-turned-mortal-enemy, because her reasons for breaking off the friendship and hating Denver are pretty believable. And Denver isn’t the innocent bystander, either, even if she did do what she did with good intentions.

What I didn’t like:

-Denver is super smart, and she stays super smart even when she’s half-starved, severily dehydrated, and out on a lifeboat with three girls who kind of hate her. She would barely be able to think, let alone list off all these facts.

-The side characters just seemed kind of…shallow. And now in the not very smart way, but in the “the author is focusing all their attention on the two main characters” sort of way. And that got kind of annoying.

-They should have died. Yep. They’re trapped out in the sun, and they go 3+ days without water. And before they ran out of water, they had only a gallon, so the tiny bit they had wouldn’t have been enough.

-It had the weirdest instalove ever. Two characters barely even talk to each other. Five pages later they’re head-over-heels in love. Really? Does that not seem slightly unrealistic to you?

So, yeah. It was an enjoyable book, if not a great one.


Who wants to go boating? No one? Okay.

So, tell me, oh you blogglings, is The Lifeboat Clique on your TBR list? Do you find it annoying when books mess up things like “they should have died?”. Have any of you ever written a blog post on a truly awful library computer with a truly awful keyboard like yours truly is currently doing? Also, please forgive any typos. Because before mentioned awful library computer.

Happy Thursday




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