Review: Lost Girls by Ann Kelley

Title:Lost Girls
Author:Ann Kelley
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Adults
Rating: 3 Hoots
Reviewer: Angela
Buy From: Amazon/ Barnes and Noble

Sum It Up!  If you enjoy thrill seeking adventures that end in casualties, then Lost Girls is right up your alley.

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. (Goodreads)
Lost Girls reminded me a lot of Lord of the Flies- but without the gory details. I wasn’t thrilled with this book; however Kelley was able to keep me reading so I give her props for that.
A group of young ‘girl scouts’ venture off the shores of Thailand for a camping trip but when a ravishing storm rolls in, their boat lands on the wrong island- the ‘forbidden island’ to be exact.
Safety in numbers, or so they thought until deadly winds blows their make-shift shelter to shreds sending vital gear in every direction, injuring many and horrifically killing one. Their leader is useless and a small group of superficial girls refuse to help acquire what little supplies they have left.
It’s up to Bonnie and her friends to keep the younger girls from falling into a tailspin of depression, starvation and loneliness. One step forward and ten steps back, each time Bonnie and her friends attempt to keep the others from freezing, starving or dying, another storm or unfortunate event takes place- shattering any hopes of returning to the life they once had.
Lost Girls is a devastating turn of events that keeps you hanging on for dear life, as like the characters in the story. If you enjoy thrill seeking adventures that end in casualties, then Lost Girls is right up your alley.

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