Lost Girls: A Hot Hot Mess

Lost Girls
By Ann Kelley
Published by Little Brown
Published on July 2012
Source: Finished copy from Publisher

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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.


I will keep this short.  I didn't like this book at all.  In fact, I thought it was pretty awful.  I disliked it so much that I wanted to make a gif review, but then decided to leave that to Sarah.  

Where should I start?  I had no idea what was going on for the first 5 chapters of the book.  There was absolutely no world building, no way for the reader to know what on earth is going on.  Sometimes this works for a book- this time, it absolutely did not.  I had to come to my own conclusion about when the actual story took place (and yes if I would have read the Goodreads summary I would have known this, but I don't typically make a point of doing that BEFORE I read a book). 

Even most of the way through the book, I still didn't know who most of the characters were- with the exception of the one adult, the main character, and her best friend.  All the other characters felt the same.  When one of them died... I didn't really care. I can tell I don't like a book when I start to root for the island to win.

 I can't say I recommend this book- I didn't like it at all, but there are a many people who did- so go check out the Goodreads page to find out who did.


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