Author: Kathy Parks


The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks | Book Review

February 18, 2016 Book Review, Debut Author Challenge, Young Adult 4 ★★★★

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks | Book ReviewThe Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Survival
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: TBTB Secret Santa
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4 Stars
Some people might say that Denver had a death wish. Why else would she have dared to sneak into a Malibu beach party where she’d be surrounded by enemies, namely including her ex-BFF Abigail?

Oh yeah. Croix. Denver never thought in a million years he’d ask her out, but who was she to question this miracle of fate? Well, that wasn’t the only surprise fate had in store.

During the party a tsunami hit the coast of California, wiping out everything in its path. Denver and a handful of others escaped death by holding onto the roof of the house and were swept out to sea. Of course, one of her fellow castaways was none other than Abigail, who could barely stand the sight of her.

Now that she’s floating in the ocean, stuck on a small boat with the most popular kids in school and waiting to be rescued, Denver wonders what might kill her first-dehydration, sunstroke, or the girl she used to think of as a sister?

A hilariously dark and twisted story that sparkles with a remarkably fresh voice, The Lifeboat Clique is Kathy Park’s irreverent yet insightful novel about how to survive in the most unthinkable circumstances.

The Lifeboat Clique has been a highly anticipated novel of mine for quite some time now, and I moved it even higher up on my to-read list after Hannah told me it had the snark of Veronica Mars. I’m a huge Veronica Mars fan, and so I dove into this book as soon as she compared it to VM! I finished it a couple weeks ago, and the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve realized how much I liked it. As always, my main points are bolded. :)

1. The Lifeboat Clique took me a little while to get into, but once I did I was pretty invested in the story. I’ve always been a fan of survival stories because they give us a chance to see what a character is really made of. There’s just something about hitting rock bottom emotionally, mentally, and physically. This book got deep fast, and became about so much more than being popular.

2. Hannah was right when she compared this book to Veronica Mars. Denver sounds JUST like Veronica! She has that same snark and dark humor that we all love. Denver is also ostracized by her former best friend, and is picked on a lot. She’s an outcast, but a fighter. I couldn’t put it better than Hannah did in her review when she said “If Veronica Mars was stranded on a lifeboat with a handful of 09ers, this is what would happen.” I totally agree.

3. As I mentioned before, this book gets deep. There’s a lot of soul searching and healing that goes on out there in that lifeboat. There are some heart-wrenching moments, some funny moments, some horrifying moments, and some tender moments. I loved all the different dimensions of the story.

There’s not a lot more I can say without ruining the story, so I’m going to stop right here! Bottom line, I enjoyed this darkly funny and thought-provoking book! If you’re looking for something a little bit different, definitely pick up a copy of The Lifeboat Clique.