I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Last Boy and Girl in the World
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
The Last Boy and Girl in the World has got to be up there as one of my favourite reads of the year. This book is believable and original and the main character is realistic and relatable. It is written so incredibly well that the characters really come to life. Everything about this book is just so enjoyable!
The Last Boy and Girl in the World has a concept unlike anything I’ve ever read. In this book, a whole town is slowly sinking and the citizens have to evacuate. It is really interesting reading about the whole procedure and the resistance group trying to fight it. I can’t even imagine losing all my possessions and having to leave a town that I’ve spent my whole life in. The fact that the book is based on true events makes it that much more powerful.
The main character in The Last Boy and Girl in the World is actually very relatable. As she goes through the last days in her hometown, she makes many mistakes. Some of which can’t be easily undone. When it comes to main characters in contemporary novels, a lot of them are flawless, which makes the book a lot less believable. Of course, everyone makes mistakes, and I appreciated how Keeley is not perfect.
There is such incredible writing in The Last Boy and Girl in the World. The whole book is filled with vivid descriptions of the state of the town and the response to the flooding. But what I absolutely adored about this book is the amount of character development. At the end of the book, the reader will have really gotten to know each and every character and actually start to feel things for them. Reading this book is an emotional adventure because you can connect so easily with everyone. This is definitely my favourite of Siobhan Vivian’s books.
The Last Boy and Girl in the World is a realistic book with a main character who is relatable and has her flaws. The writing is absolutely gorgeous and the characters are so well developed. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, as it is the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day.