REVIEW: THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD by Siobhan Vivian

 
THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD 
by Siobhan Vivian
Published: April 26th 2016 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher ARC
Rating:  ♥♥

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.


My Thoughts:
  
The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian is my very first read from this author. I met Siobhan earlier this year at a book event and I had the privilege of listening to her talk about the inception of her latest novel, The Last Boy and Girl in the World. Since that night I could not get this book out of my mind and proceeded to read it with mixed feelings.

This story centers on a less than amiable main character, Keeley Hewitt and her struggle to hold onto the only life she has ever known as her town is threatened by mother nature and shady politicians. I tried very hard to like Keeley because I could not fathom what she was going through,  but despite her attempts to keep things light and act like nothing bad was happening the relationships around her were sinking faster than her modest town and she was oblivious to it. So, because of this I could not seem to empathize with Keeley or with some of the other characters in this book, especially her father and don't get me started on her long standing crush, Jesse.

I not only struggled with this book because of my lack of character adoration but my initial curiosity with the outcome of Aberdeen's future seemed to just fall of my radar.  With each chapter my interest dimmed a bit until the final outcome seemed anti-climatic and sad. 

What I liked about The Last Boy and Girl in the World was Levi. He is a good guy, honest to a fault but what you see with him is what you get. He seemed to stand out to me because the other seemed callous and flighty. But for all it's seriousness Keeley did seem to take life by the "horns" and harnessed her courage and made the most of a truly unusual situation.  It was those brief moments of fun that seemed to buoy the story a bit but ultimately it would sink back down.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so disappointed that it wasn't stronger. I had a great time hearing Siobhan speak about it so I had high hopes!

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