The Lifeboat Clique
By: Kathy Parks
Released: March 1, 2016
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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
I liked The Lifeboat Clique. The writing was hilarious and I finished this book in one sitting.
The Lifeboat Clique is the story of Denver who is crashing a party when a tsunami hits. She is swept out to sea and stuck on a small boat with some of the most popular kids at school, including her ex-best friend Abigail.
Denver was a well developed protagonist. She's self-sufficient and knows how to survive. She's also really snarky and she had me laughing out loud a lot. She always had a quick come back to the comments from the mean girls. Denver was just an all around great character that I was rooting for right from the beginning. I never really cared all that much about any of the side characters though. Abigail was the only other character that you really got to know, so the other side characters all mostly blurred together for me.
The pacing moved fast and I liked how it alternated between the present and past. The chapters set in the past provided the background to Denver and Abigail's friendship. Then there was the suspense surrounding the group's survival stranded out at sea and that definitely made it difficult to put this book down. The plot had a good balance of humor and drama too. I loved the humor a lot and this book certainly had me laughing out loud a lot. However, it also does a really great job dealing with bullying in a honest way.
Overall I liked The Lifeboat Clique. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and funny read.