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.
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Here’s what I loved: Realistic depictions of that crushing and unsettling loss when best friendships dissolve over time. That heartbreaking moment when you realize that when turning points in life happen, friends, no matter how true, sometimes are changing just as much as you are and that the result isn’t always going to mesh with the new “you” you’ve become. Sometimes, as we grow, we need space, and that space is not always surmountable. It’s tough, and brutal, and unfortunate, but true. There were points where I wanted to dislike certain characters, but it’s easy to see where they’re coming from. When you only see one side of the story, the whole spectrum of feelings and emotions on the other side are just poignant. That letter. Harsh, and bittersweet, but oh so honest.
- The premise is fantastic. There’s a whole lot going on and it’s super shady, it puts all the corruption that can happen in cities when it comes to money and land into perspective and may just open some eyes. The opening of the story is AMAZING. Just enough mystery and crazy to drag you in and leave you thirsting for more. Who is that boy? Why are their houses under water? What is this pseudo-Atlantis happening?
- What I like about Keeley is that she’s imperfect and real. She makes terrible, horrible, selfish mistakes, and despite how she lies to herself, they aren’t always made of good intentions. Keeley chooses to push her feelings aside and shuck off reality in order to have a good time. When faced with the absolute certainty of what stands in front of her, she has to reevaluate everything she is and who she hopes to become. Truly an insightful coming of age novel. Keeley is also funny, loud, aggressive, and awkward…which sometimes reads as juvenile, but charming. It’s hard to dislike her.
- The organization and pacing were off. Apart from the epic intro, things sort of fizzled out and became a quest for a somewhat silly romance and fallout. It seemed to start with a climax and end with disaster, the middle was hard to sludge through and oh so slow.
- The story felt sporadic and random, like it didn’t know what exactly it was trying to be. The romantic elements felt a little monotonous and not really exciting. Keeley and Jesse are…okay. While it did give off that rush of a first crush and the butterflies when he starts to notice, it was almost too easy and fell into place so fast that it made you wonder why it didn’t happen sooner and if it were worth it in the first place.
- The whole thing with the principal. I don’t get it. It felt like random animosity inserted with little reason and it distracted from the rest of what was going on.
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