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Posted November 20, 2012
Honestly, I wasn't sure if I was ready for a modernized version
Honestly, I wasn't sure if I was ready for a modernized version of Lord of the Flies, but the historical setting caught my eye--and Thailand? Yes, please! I enjoyed learning more about life as a kid following her parents to war, and Bonnie and her friends have many interesting stories and random facts to tell.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Bonnie is an amazingly resourceful and intelligent girl. She is a realist, someone who questions the workings of the world, and a natural engineer, as her talent for creating things suggests. When the one "adult" (she is far from a responsible one, and I'll never forgive her for the first tragedy to strike) Layla Campbell breaksdown, Bonnie takes charge of the camp. She isn't afraid of doing the dirty work or telling the others what to do. It doesn't make her a favorite with the more girly girls who just want to have fun, but she'll get things done. She is the most endearing of all the girls, the majority of which don't know what they're doing, though I do have a soft spot for Jody.
My favorite part of this book is the new knowledge I accumulated. Bonnie's father is part of the army, and he taught her survival tips. Bonnie has a list of facts on how to tell whether or not a plant is edible. She wrote it down in her journal to prove to her dad that she does pay attention to him, not knowing that she'd ever need to refer to it for survival. Her friends Jas and Hope also have useful information of their own from Jas's wealth of information on the wildlife to Hope's practical knowledge that helps them build a base and try to signal for help.
Reminiscent of Lord of the Flies, Lost Girls explores what would happen if adolescent girls were stranded on an island around Thailand in the midst of the Vietnam War. The worst in the girls comes out but also the best. While it is easy to get frustrated with their situation, the girls also grow more courageous and bond together in their shared misfortunes. They learn how to cope and how to make the best out of what little they have. This is a book that I'd recommend reading at least once.
Posted October 14, 2012
Chapter by Chapter's review of Lost Girls
I have seriously been dying to start reading Lost Girls by Ann Kelley. I mean come on! A novel set during the seventies with a series of shipwrecked girls? Read the synopsis, doesn’t that sound just plain awesome? I was expecting a story that could be compared to Lord of the Flies and would be kind of like Lost minus the novel ending in a church. I was expecting so many amazing things (one of them including cannibalism) and am a bit sad to say that Lost Girls fell far from what I expected.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The novel is set in the mid-seventies from the POV (point of view) of Bonnie MacDonald whose family is in a military base in Thailand. Going on a trip with her fellow Amelia Earhart Cadets to an island that the boatman claimed was forbidden. Things quickly take a turn for the worst when a hurricane rips through their camp, killing one of their own and making a few day trip turn into weeks lost on the “forbidden island” where death seems to be causing the groups numbers to dwindle.
Lost Girls had such a promising plot, but if there’s one thing that totally set me off it was the fact that nobody was panicking. Seriously? You all just got caught in a hurricane, the ocean is a mess, nobody is gonna be coming to save you, one of your own friends just died and your holding onto stupid prejudices and acting like everything is going to be perfectly clear. It wasn’t denial. It was almost like everybody in the story except for the main character Bonnie and her friends Hope and Jas noticed that their trip just turned into something out of a horror movie.
Throughout the story their numbers begin to fall and constantly “the Glossies” and their chaperon Layla act like idiots by telling Bonnie to stop annoying them, to go get food for them while they get high and drunk and remain ignorant by saying that somebody will come to save them. The Glossies themselves just annoyed me, how did they manage to get into a cadets group that is dedicated to survival and believe that they should bring make-up and hair curlers onto their trip to the middle of nowhere? I liked how author Ann Kelley could create characters and situations that could grind my gears like that, but there did come a point where I’d have to put the book down and let my emotions sit.
The tragedies that came across in this book were great, really. They grab your emotions and take you on a ride. Especially since some of the deaths are for nine year old girls and for readers who have kids or people close to them who are that age, you’ll probably need a box of tissues. Another thing though that I think I should bring up is the lack of realism in the age groups. Kelley had nine year old girls acting like five year olds, it wasn’t too long ago that I was nine years old and I am pretty sure that I didn’t need a teddy bear to go to sleep and that my imaginary friend stopped existing a couple of years prior.
It’s probably because I’m still young that that bothered me so much, I still remember being nine and that was only four years ago. Nine year olds don’t act like five year olds and I feel like a lot of authors in YA make that mistake.
There were a ton of points in the story that left me shocked and so I expected the ending of the novel to be this big climax that would leave me feeling the way I did when I saw the Dark Knight Rises: Breathless. Sadly, I found the end of the novel to be lacking and in total the novel didn’t work for me the way I wanted it to.
I would recommend Lost Girls to rea