The Last Boy and Girl in the Worldby Siobhan Vivian
Published by Simon & Schuster, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
I’m so picky about the synopsis to a book. I’d like it to fairly represent what the book is about. At the same time, it can’t give any spoilers away, either. And I’m sure it’s a very hard task to write a perfect synopsis.
The Last Boy and Girl in the World turned out to be different than what I expected from the synopsis. From the cute cover to the fun-loving teens having parties in the water-logged streets in the synopsis, this story sounded like it would be a light look at a serious time in a town’s transformation.
Life got serious and people got real in this unfortunate tale of a town left behind.
Keeley is an awkward high school junior who deals with heavy emotions in her life with avoidance and humor. And she has feels out the wazoo to deal with in the form of a out of work, injured father and two angsty friends. Add to that a mad crush on a senior hottie, toss in a huge amount of rain and political drama and you have a story with tons of directions to one hopeful ending.
Phew… I had no idea how this was going wrap up.
I enjoyed the heck out of the character of Keeley. I totally picked up on the fact that she avoided the serious stuff in life with humor. She just wanted to make sure everyone was having fun when all the bad stuff was over. She was reasonable about it, too. But unfortunately, not a lot of people appreciated that in her and I felt bad for her at times. Where some readers may see her as selfish, I saw her needy.
I wasn’t so much a fan of the looseness of ALL the storylines, especially the one with her friends Morgan and Elise, especially Elise. Not a fan of Elise. I kind of hope she didn’t make it to the final copy (I read the ARC). Eh.
But Ms. Vivian made the journey worth it all with her sweet ending. Oh, I’m such a sucker for a cute, hope-filled ending.