The Last Boy and Girl in the World made a town sinking funny. Now that’s talent…
Book Review: The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian
Title & Author: The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
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.”
Sinking, I’m Sinking!
The Last Boy and Girl in the World is a moving story about a girl who’s town floods her senior year, leaving her with more than a few questions about moving on and her future.
I struggled with this book a bit, but ultimately found it to be a solid contemporary. Let’s start with the good stuff first.
Lately, I’m more drawn to books with strong main characters vs super action-packed plots, which makes this story an ideal read for me right now. Keeley is HILARIOUS and silly, and I loved everything about her playful personality.
She’s also got some pretty great best friends. She’s closer to one than the other, so there’s some fighting for attention/petty friend stuff that is dealt with in a very real way.
The whole premise of the book was a great metaphor, more subtle and obvious in turns. Being forced to move on, leaving childhood behind and forging a new path ahead.
The actual part of the town sinking added its own drama and flair to the story. It’s actually based on real events in the U.S. I can’t imagine having to decide to risk your safety in the hopes your town’s flooding will finally recede.
The best parts of the book involved Keeley and her growth as a character; that’s the true strength of The Last Boy and Girl in the World, which was big enough to carry the story.
As for the problem parts: this book had some trouble with pacing. The middle section of the novel was quite slow. It felt like nothing was happening to further things along, and it was hard to feel interested.
My other critique is of the romance of the book, but it’s not fair to really judge anything because Siobhan Vivian has posted on Goodreads about the end of the story undergoing a big revision. Read the full post HERE.
I hope to read the final version to see what was changed. This may make a huge difference in the ending and relationships represented.
I liked this story but something kept me from loving it.
This is a great coming of age story where hilarious characters and fun antics are blended in expertly with the deep aches of growing up and moving on. The trouble with pacing and romance weren’t deal breakers for me – I still found The Last Boy and Girl in the World to be a worthwhile read.