Book Review: The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks

Hardcover, 336 pages

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: March 1, 2016

Rating: ★★★★ 4/5 stars

Available at: Amazon/ B&N/ Book Depository

Synopsis: 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 really really really enjoyed this book; it was so much fun to read. Is that weird to say since this book is full of tragedy and death? I just really appreciated how Parks managed to weave in comedy in a book that should have been heartbreaking.

Denver is such an excellent narrator and full of dry wit. She’s so snarky and had me laughing out loud and giggling throughout the book. She carried the story really well and had some awesome character development.

Although the teens in the novel weren’t a realistic, accurate depiction of this generation’s teenagers, I slightly enjoyed it because it added to the humor. Speaking of the comedy, The Lifeboat Clique is full of dark humor and I enjoyed every minute of it. This book was so fast paced so it was easy to fly through. I highly recommend this book. It’s super unique amongst the YA contemporary books.


Until next time,

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