I picked up this book from my local library upon recommendations from Goodreads. Based on the synopsis itself, I had a feeling that I was really going to like it. It’s a different twist on your typical coming of age story. You know when you read a book at the perfect point in your life and everything seems clear? This was that for me.
My Rating: A-
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: Typically when you leave for college, your home is there when you come back. But for Keeley, it won’t be. Her entire childhood would be erased as Aberdeen sinks beneath the surface. It’s literally the end of the world as she knows it, which is a very stressful scenario for someone to undergo. We watch her go through a series of changes throughout the book in order to cope as she begins to change herself in order to be the object of affection of her long time crush, Jesse. I’ve been there, changing yourself for a guy never works out well, as I and Keeley learned. I related a whole lot to Keeley’s character, which was part of the reason I liked this book so much.
What I Liked: Keeley’s characterization was a big selling point for me. She makes a lot of mistakes, but ends of learning from them in the end. She’s an accurate representation of a high schooler, while she may seem immature to some. The big lesson here is what you want is not always good for you. And there is a point when it is time to move on.
What I Disliked: Some of the adult characters seemed very unrealistic to me. Especially the high school principal. A lot of the parents just acted very unconventionally about the whole town sinking. Most put their children’s safety first, but some just held on to the lives that they could never recover.
Would I recommend it? Yes, this was a phenomenal read. Especially for those about to leave high school and their own hometowns.
That’s all for now. Continue on your merry ways!