WELL. That was EXCITING! Although I think my common sense possibly drowned. The premise is “5 teens, 1 boat, in the middle of the ocean” which is all well and good until you discover the reason they end up in that predicament. GAWSH. Humans are stupid.
I was actually reading this whilst my 4yrs nephew bounced on my head, so I showed him the cover and said, “What do you think?” And he said, “It looks boring.” He’s going to be a harsh book reviewer when he grows up. Omg. I’m so proud. I don’t think it was boring, per se, but I felt emotionally uninvested.
I am mostly a puddle of shrugs.
But I am a puddle of desperation as well. I couldn’t put the book down. I HAD TO KNOW. So for addictiveness, it is wonderful.
BUT LET’S BACK UP AND TALK ABOUT THE PREMISE. So! Two best friends, Matt (the narrator) and John are selling ice cream and stuff to save up for their futures, and they meet these Brazilians on holiday. Let us bounce to the part where Matt (dragging John) goes to a party [insert introvert partying awkwardly] and he really likes this girl Dri, and then OH NO! The rebel of the party throws a tantrum and runs out to windsurf at 2am. Matt (still dragging that poor John), Dri and her cousin JoJo aaaall run into a boat THAT THEY HAVE NOT CHECKED FOR FUEL OR ANYTHING and then toss themselves in the ocean. Least to say, it goes horribly wrong. I mean. DUH. Would you jump into a boat without checking the motor works?? I mean, come on.
- Matt was the “nice guy” and totally boring.
- John was like this silent, tortured kind of…possible sociopath? He seemed to have no emotion. Yay John!
- Dri seemed like the token nice-exotic-girl-you-meet-on-a-holiday-and-omg-instant-connection.
- JoJo was pretty normal until he was stuck stranded in a small boat in the middle of the ocean with no food/water/help/medication. Then he was — not nice.
- Stef spent like 80% of the book unconscious.
Let’s say I probably wouldn’t share my last peanut to keep them alive. I’d eat it. By myself. I felt indifferent to a lot of the events because the writing just laid out what happened with no BAM. I need bams. I had to keep rereading because my attention wandered.
But the psychological aspects had me hooked like a small eel. It really delves into the how the mind would handle an indefinite time at sea with no food. THAT IS INTERESTING. And terrifying. JoJo is off his meds and this has a big affect on who he is and it’s quite frightening. John turns to ice and he’s absolutely chilling. Matt continued to be as boring as an oar. Oh and there’s lots of injuries and I felt they were done super realistically. I could almost see the gangrene limbs and the oozing blisters. Plus I didn’t know who’d survive and how long they’d go without food. It definitely kept me turning pages. (Although I questioned how much energy they had with zilch food for so long….but what do I know?)
It was a psychologically intriguing survival story. I drowned in the apathetic writing style, but maybe it’s just me who baulked at the writing. You’ll never know unless you READ IT. Mwahhaha ha ha. I’m also endlessly annoyed at the ending, but I think, although it was unsatisfactory, it was still realistic. I just wish the book had been narrated by the sociopath instead of Matt-the-dull-limpet.
ALSO REMIND ME NEVER EVER TO GO SAILING IN CASE I GET STRANDED LIKE THIS. I need my food. I need my books. I don’t wanna consider cannibalism.
THANK YOU TO TEXT PUBLISHING FOR THE REVIEW-COPY! Adrift by Paul Griffin was published July, 2015.
From critically acclaimed writer Paul Griffin comes a fast-paced young adult novel about five very different teens lost at sea with no one to count on but each other.
Matt and John are best friends working out in Montauk for the summer. When Driana, JoJo and Stef invite the boys to their Hamptons mansion, Matt and John find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility. The newfound friends head out into the Atlantic after midnight in a stolen boat. None of them come back whole, and not all of them come back.