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Sharks & boys /

Sharks & boys /
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Tracy, Kristen, 1972-
Copies: 2; Reserves: 0

Feeling betrayed, Enid follows her boyfriend, Wick, to Maryland where he and six others they know from twin studies rent a yacht, but after she sneaks aboard a storm sets them adrift without food or water, fighting for survival.
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Control No. 796150
LCCN 2011004803
ISBN 9781423143543 (alk. paper)
ISBN 142314354X (alk. paper)
Author Tracy Kristen 1972
Title Sharks & boys / -- Kristen Tracy.
Varying Title Sharks and boys
Edition Statement 1st ed.
Publisher Information New York : -- Hyperion, -- c2011.
Physical Description 264 p. ; -- 22 cm.
Summary Feeling betrayed, fifteen-year-old Enid follows her boyfriend, Wick, from Vermont to Maryland where he and six others they know from twin studies rent a yacht, but after she sneaks aboard a storm sets them adrift without food or water, fighting for survival.
Subject Survival Fiction
Subject Interpersonal relations Fiction
Subject Betrayal Fiction
Subject Twins Fiction
Subject Brothers and sisters Fiction
Subject Ships Fiction
Subject - Local Young adult literature




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Annotation 1 Feeling betrayed, Enid follows her boyfriend, Wick, to Maryland where he and six others they know from twin studies rent a yacht, but after she sneaks aboard a storm sets them adrift without food or water, fighting for survival.

Annotation 2 Feeling betrayed, fifteen-year-old Enid follows her boyfriend, Wick, from Vermont to Maryland where he and six others they know from twin studies rent a yacht, but after she sneaks aboard a storm sets them adrift without food or water, fighting for survival.

Annotation 3 When Wick, fifteen-year-old Enid’s boyfriend, suddenly announces that he wants “to take a break,” her carefully constructed life in Vermont begins to crumble. As Wick abandons Enid for a trip to Ocean City with their friends from twin studies, she lets her wildest fears take over. Five hundred and forty miles later, Enid realizes she’s acting desperate as she spies on Wick, his twin, her twin, and the rest of the boys from twin studies. That doesn’t stop her from following them aboard a yacht and hiding in the bathroom. But then the boys take the yacht out into a storm?a storm which leaves everyone adrift in the ocean without food or water?and Enid discovers a new definition of desperate.

With sharks circling and no help in sight, Enid and the twins must find a way to trust each other in order to survive?and face the fact that they might not make it home.

Critically-acclaimed author Kristen Tracy delivers a riveting high-stakes story of romance and survival that is by turns hilarious and harrowing. Readers will be on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

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 reviews (5)


Booklist Reviews 2011 June #1
Enid is miserable. She and Wick have just decided to "take a break." He is headed to Annapolis with the other boys in their Twin Study group for a weekend of guy fun that includes, Enid is certain, at least one girl, Simone. Determined to save Wick from himself and salvage their relationship, Enid follows the boys and sneaks onto a boat to spy on the party. After a dangerous storm leaves the boat swamped, Enid and the boys are thrown into the shark-infested ocean and begin an exhausting fight for their lives. As the sharks circle and the sun scalds, long-festering aggravations among the teens turn into deep wounds that threaten the trust they need to survive. A page-turning thriller that will please Gary Paulsen fans, this emotionally complex novel makes everyone's worst beach nightmare palpable and provides a fascinating character study that explores what happens when instincts are pitted against relationships. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
A yacht-wreck leaves Enid and her peers fighting for their lives in the middle of the ocean. Under threat of shark attack, Enid learns about the importance of trusting others. She also grapples with the shortcomings of her parents' relationship and its negative effects on her outlooks on love, loyalty, and friendship. Enid's voice is disarmingly honest and at times quite funny. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2011 May #1

Thoughtless teen behavior leads four sets of twins on a deadly adventure in a horribly realistic but often very funny survival tale.

These eight teens have been part of a research study and know each other all too well. Enid, the only girl (she is a fraternal twin), is on a break from dating Wick, whose brother conspired to diss her in a zine co-authored by Burr and Skate, twins whose parents have just died in an accident. Narrator Enid isn't funny on purpose, but her angst and stalker behavior are hilarious, as she abandons her responsibilities and drives five hours to eavesdrop on the guys, who are partying. The boys head to the Gretchen, a boat owned by Burr and Skate, for a slightly tipsy outing on the high seas, and Enid follows, sure that Gretchen is female and possibly a stripper. She ends up hiding on board in the head. When the boat goes down and they are left with only a plastic raft, the reality turns increasingly deadly as the often-fortunate coincidences of survival tales don't help these kids out. As Enid names a few of the circling sharks, their increasingly dire situation reveals more about all eight twins, with twins Munny and Sov, who've seemed vulnerable, exhibiting unsuspected strength.

William Golding updated with humor.  (Adventure. 12-17)

Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

SLJ Reviews 2011 June

Gr 6–9—When Enid's boyfriend, Wick, decides to go to an out-of-town party against her wishes and declares that he wants "to take a break," jealousy overcomes her. The eavesdropping 15-year-old overhears the name "Gretchen" and ditches her mother during a catering job to tail her ex, his friends, and her own twin brother, Landon, over 500 miles from Vermont to an Annapolis marina. Enid discovers that the boys plan a nighttime cruise on the Gretchen, a boat owned by Skate and Burr's parents, who have recently died in an airplane explosion. While the boys continue drinking beer, Enid stows away and a storm sinks the boat, leaving eight teens clinging to a small life raft. Enid's dating insecurities, partly fostered by an absentee father, is just one contrivance that sets the stage for the survival tale. Despite the obvious dangers, including sharks, dehydration, and hypothermia, the plot revolves around the relationship among the four sets of twins. More is learned about the psychological testing that brought them together as friends, and some inborn weaknesses that ultimately lead to disaster. Enid and Landon come to terms with their own strained relationship and Enid struggles to trust Wick again. While it may be difficult for picayune readers to believe that they all had cut communication with friends and family, or that heavily traveled waters near Annapolis wouldn't have spotted the group for days, it will not detract from a tension-filled climax and satisfying ending.—Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY

[Page 138]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

VOYA Reviews 2011 August
Enid is devastated when her boyfriend announces that he wants to take a break as he, her twin brother, and their other friends from their twin studies program take a road trip to Maryland for a party. Afraid that he intends to cheat, Enid takes a road trip herself and ends up sneaking onto the boat where the boys continue the party. A major storm sinks the boat and strands the teens with no food, no water, and major injuries while sharks circle their raft Tracy's attempt to craft a chick-lit wilderness survival tale fails to fully realize its potential. The dynamics in the relationships between the four groups of twins are never fully explored—to the detriment of what is really at the heart of this story: a group of friends fighting for their lives and forced to face hard truths about themselves and their relationships with others. The story is hindered by a slow start, as well as stereotypical characters: clingy, insecure girl; strong, dependable brother; cheating boyfriend; meat head; brainy geek; and party boys. The story of survival is harsh, gritty, and intense, and readers who make it two-thirds of the way through will not want to put it down until they reach the disappointing end. All of the turmoil that readers are put through is abruptly cut off with the teens' rescue (with the required one last close call with the sharks for dramatic effect), which leaves many plot elements unresolved.—Alissa LauzonEnid is stereotypically insecure and has a completely twisted view of herself and her relationship. The interactions between the characters and the changing group dynamic while they are on the raft are the best parts of the book. The romantic element between Wick and Enid, however, is annoying and unnecessary. There is also a bizarre and pervasive focus on the differences between men and women. It is constantly mentioned that Enid is the only girl and that men think totally differently than women do about everything. Even at the end, when they are being rescued, Enid's surprise at the Coast Guard's female pilot is pointed out. Overall this book is readable, but this reviewer does not agree with a lot of what is said. 2Q,3P.—Mary Boutet, Teen Reviewer 2Q 2P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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