The Lifeboat Clique

Finished The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

I’m a huge fan of natural disasters (fictional ones, anyway) and sarcasm.  So a book with both? SOLD. This book succeeds as both a comedy and as a scary survival narrative.  Basically everyone who reads this will go away happy.

I absolutely love Denver.  She’s smart and funny, and she is unapologetically herself.  Sure, she’d have more friends if she were a little nicer, but who needs that kind of hassle?  And it is not her idea of a good time to (a) nearly die and (b) survive but be stranded with her former best friend and her school’s most popular people (who are, of course, now led by said former best friend). It’s not an ideal situation but it makes for a great read.

Recommended.

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