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Sharks & Boys Hardcover – June 28, 2011

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  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 8 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142314354X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423143543
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,406,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kristen Tracy ( lives in a fog bank in San Francisco. She is the author of the young adult novelsLost It,Crimes of the Sarahs, andA Field Guide for Heartbreakers, as well as the middle grade booksCamille McPhee Fell Under the BusandThe Reinvention of Bessica Lefter. When not writing, she tutors at 826 Valencia and volunteers as a gardener on Alcatraz.

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My name is Kristen Tracy and I write books for teens and tweens and people younger than that. I also write poetry for adults. I grew up in a small town in Idaho, but left there to go to Los Angeles where I earned my B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University. I also have an M.F.A in poetry from Vermont College, an M.A. in American Literature from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in English from Western Michigan University, where I was an All-University Creative Scholar. In addition to writing books, and volunteering as a gardener on Alcatraz, I've spent a lot of my life teaching at places like Johnson State College, Western Michigan University, BYU, and Stanford University. I also taught aerobics, but that's a different story. Currently, I make my home in Rhode Island with my husband, Brian Evenson.

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She was slightly annoying, and she didn't really grow much in the novel.
I kept skimming ahead because I couldn't really believe how completely asinine the story was, thinking that at some point something good had to happen to redeem it.
Wendy Darling
I could understand why Enid and Wick were on a break, they didn't seem to be these to people that should be together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vivien on November 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I won this ARC copy.
I wanted to enjoy this novel more than I did. The premise is an interesting one. The survivor aspect is really intriguing. I just don't think there was enough. It gets into the nitty gritty about what condition the body becomes after being stranded at sea. I personally would have liked more detail, but to some there may be enough. I'm not squeamish, so I could've handled more. I honestly wanted more story. It wasn't fully explained that the group of friends were all twins until well into the novel. I had a hard time connecting with the main character. She was slightly annoying, and she didn't really grow much in the novel. Also, at the end, it just stops. I don't really get any answers as to what happened after, which is really frustrating. It was still enjoyable, but I felt it was missing some core aspects.
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Sharks and Boys by Kristen Tracy shows us somewhere even crazier that a relationship on a `break' can lead than `Friends' did. When the book first stars Enid Calhoun and her boyfriend Wick Jarboe are together - making marzipan sea creatures for a wedding cake, no less -but before their afternoon is over, Wick lets Enid know he thinks they should take a break.

The break, of course, leads Enid to think Wick wants to be with another girl - or girls. So, while she's with her mother delivering the wedding cake (the one with the sea creatures), she does a very irresponsible, un-Enid like think: she takes off. Not just to anywhere, though. To Maryland.

The boys, including her twin brother Landon and Wick are having a party and Enid is sure Wick is going to use the opportunity to cheat on her. So she's going to use the opportunity (that she's made) to spy on him and find out.

Only things go terribly wrong when the party moves to a boat and the boat moves to sea . . . and a hurricane comes. Shipwrecked miles from shore with sharks surrounding them, the teens will have to confront their fears and problems with each other if they hope to survive.

And even then it's only a hope.

When I first began reading Sharks and Boys I forgot the summary and thought that the sharks on the cover were just referencing the marzipan sea animals and that I'd gotten the real shark/survival part wrong. I was glad to know I had not made it up. (Not because I'm some crazy person who wants teens eaten by sharks but because it had the possibility to make a much different tale.)

Having eight teenagers stuck in the ocean for almost all of a novel is definitely different and very interesting. I really liked the issues that arose due to the circumstances.
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Format: Hardcover
I found the synopsis of this novel very interesting and was excited to pick it up, especially since I'm deathly afraid of sharks and being shipwrecked is one of my biggest nightmares--a reason I haven't ever been on a cruise and rarely visit the ocean.

Tracy does a phenomenal job keeping the story afloat (no pun intended) through the dialogue between the eight teens lost at sea. I will admit that I was filled with trepidation since "lost at sea" novels can be quite boring, balancing the entire story on description, and I am thankful that Tracy didn't do that in this story. There was a lot of dialogue and I think that it was quite accurate. If I was lost at sea on a raft with seven other people, I can see it panning out very similarly. I'd want to know how many people have been rescued in the past, what we should do to stay alive, how often sharks attack humans, project when we'd be found and, of course, argue. With eight people in a tightly enclosed space, that arguing is probably going to start sooner rather than later (and I'd probably be a huge proponent of it), and I think Tracy did a great job keeping reader interest.

Now, that being said, I also have to admit that I didn't necessarily care for any of the characters within the story. While I did have a sense of foreboding and wished them all well, I never had a deep connection with them in which I really felt there pain, and I think part of the problem is that Enid, the main protagonist, drove me crazy. Her extreme insecurity was quite obnoxious and, if I were Wick, I would have dumped her too. I realize that she has a lot going on in her life and her parents' relationship has a lot to do with her insecurities, but I had a hard time getting past her rash responses to the different situations she finds herself enduring. It's almost as if she lacks common sense, and that portion of the novel wasn't my favorite, which is why, overall, I give this novel three and a half stars.
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By princess bookie on June 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My Thoughts: We are introduced to Enid and her twin brother Landon. They are a part of a twin studies group where they are around other twins all the time. The study also checks to see if they are like one another, or can connect easily. We are than introduced to Wick. Wick is Enid's boyfriend. At the beginning of the story, we see them together and he wants to take a break. A lot has been going on in Enid's life and things have gotten "weird" between them.

Enid doesn't like this idea at all so she sneaks off to spy on him during a trip he's taking with his friends including Landon. Enid sneaks upon the ship and ends up falling asleep and sailing aboard with them.

Once the 8 are out on the water, things do not go as planned and a strong storm hits sending the ship down and the teens out in the water. The 7 boys and 1 girl try to survive the water as best as they can. It isn't all peaches and cream, things aren't easy. These 8 are trying to do anything they can to stay alive and help one another.

I am stopping there. Do you want to know what happens? Do all the teens make it alive? What do they do to survive? Do Enid and Wick end up together? Read the book to find out!

Overall: Honestly, I had high hopes for this one! I loved Tracy's Lost It so I was hoping Sharks and Boys would be just as awesome. It was a decent read, just not one of my favorites. Since so much of it took place out on the water, there wasn't much that could really happen plot-wise. It was mostly the teens talking and learning more about each person. It's a creative book with some love/family issues/ and bickering.

Cover: The cover is really cute. I love how they are holding hands and I love the shark in the background. Neat cover.

What I'd Give it: 3/5 Cupcakes
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