Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Map for Wrecked Girls Review

A Map for Wrecked Girls
By: Jessica Taylor

Emma, her sister Henri and Alex find themselves washed up on shore of a beautiful, uninhabited island after a boating accident. They spend the next few days trying to find ways to survive, get off the island and not get on each other's nerves. Meanwhile Emma and Henri are dealing with the aftermath of Emma's betrayal of her sister and the unwavering anger that Henri has for Emma.

I scored an advanced reading copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I had read the description online and wasn't overly enthused about reading it, but was still excited that I had won. After reading the book I found that the description on the book's jacket does not do the book any justice.

From the first chapter I was completely hooked. The dynamic of Emma and Henri's relationship really pulls you in as the book explains and explores their relationship. You get the sense of a forever bond between sisters who are destined to be each other's best friend regardless of the year difference in their ages. But as the book alternates between the island and San Francisco you're faced with the reality that Emma has done something to Henri that has deeply affected both her sister and their relationship. Henri is determined to put space between herself and Emma but it proves very difficult to do on a small remote island that they wash up on after the boat they were on explodes.

Emma's character undergoes a revolution as she starts out as quiet and compliant allowing Henri to guide her through life without having any sort of identity of her own. She gains strength and independence on the island thanks to Henri's anger at her and disinterest in helping her and Alex find ways to help the survive, and learns to stand up for herself along the way.

Henri isn't the most likeable character but nevertheless I found myself rooting for her and her relationship with Emma. Henri is a spoiled, selfish and lost girl who depends on Emma to be her partner in crime in every escapade she gets into. She often talks about how she and Emma have no one but each other and you get the impression that she really does have a deep love for Emma that she cherishes.

Alex's character is really useful for taking the focus off the tense relationship between Emma and Henri and of the dire life or death situation they're all in; and he adds some comedic relief and an outlet for Emma's character. He's the one bit of happiness and relief that Emma has on the island and the one thing that consistently gives her a bit of hope.

The book is definitely aimed at a young adult audience, especially as the main characters ages are sixteen and seventeen, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I found the story interesting, the characters to have depth and the over-all feel of the book was a hopeful one. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good young adult read.

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Look for the book when it's released in August, 2017.

Thanks for reading,

Opinionated Bookworm

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