Book Review: Lost Girls by: Ann Kelley

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: July 10, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: No parents. No rules. No way home.

Fourteen-year-old Bonnie MacDonald couldn't be more excited for a camping trip on an island off the coast of Thailand with her fellow Amelia Earhart Cadets-the daughters of the men and women stationed there during the Vietnam War. But when a strong current deposits the girls on what their boatman calls the "forbidden island," things take a turn for the worse: A powerful storm comes to destroy their campsite, the smallest of the junior cadets is found dead, and their boatman never returns. What once seemed like a vacation in paradise has become a battle against the elements.

Peppered with short, frantic entries from Bonnie's journal, Lost Girls is a page-turning, heart-pounding adventure story about a group of teen girls fighting for their lives.

Review: In the midst of the Vietnam War, a group of military brat Amelia Earhart cadets living in Thailand and their chaperone are off for a weekend island camping trip. On the way, vicious storms kick up and they’re forced to land on an island the boatman calls cursed and forbidden. Being left on this unfamiliar island for 3 days shouldn’t be too bad, right? Unfortunately, it turns out to be a horrific experience no one will come through unscathed. The reader is seeing the events through the eyes of Bonnie, a romantic and intelligent, if somewhat na├»ve, teenager. With continuing storms, little provisions, grisly deaths and grave injuries, along with a chaperone that needs to be chaperoned, Bonnie’s not sure anyone will get home safely…

“Lost Girls” is graphic, with the author laying out events (such as drug use and death) and feelings starkly. This to me is part of its appeal. However, I couldn’t relate to the characters easily, but we are seeing them at their possible worst in this situation. “Lost Girls” does have a lot of action and is a very realistic story in regard to what can happen while stranded on an island. I enjoyed the way Bonnie's journal entries helped to give more detail to the terrifying events. 


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