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Great plot, intense action/events, wonderful characters. Overall work of art. Summary: Enid Calhoun follows her partially ex-boyfriend Wick Jarboe (they are taking a break) over 500 miles to Annapolis from her home in Vermont to make sure he's not cheating on her at a p...
Great plot, intense action/events, wonderful characters. Overall work of art. Summary: Enid Calhoun follows her partially ex-boyfriend Wick Jarboe (they are taking a break) over 500 miles to Annapolis from her home in Vermont to make sure he's not cheating on her at a party she forbade him to go to. She suspects he's going to see a stripper named Gretchen. She goes after him and the six other boys (her twin bro Landon, Wick's twin bro Dale, bros Burr and Skate Riggs, and bros Sov and Munny Paddington) onto a boat named Gretchen. From there, the four sets of twins embark on a wild, deadly, and unexpected adventure out onto the ocean.

posted by 6239582 on September 7, 2011

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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I wasn't sure what I would think of this story, as I had read some reviews by others that were mixed. A lot of people felt that Enid was annoying, flirting with all the boys while in a dangerous situation, and other issues. So I was pleasantly surprised to find myself ...
I wasn't sure what I would think of this story, as I had read some reviews by others that were mixed. A lot of people felt that Enid was annoying, flirting with all the boys while in a dangerous situation, and other issues. So I was pleasantly surprised to find myself really engrossed in this story. I've always liked, I'm ashamed to admit, stories about people floating out in the ocean with sharks and having to fight to survive. I feel awful that I find that entertaining, but I can't help it. I loved the movie Deep Water, and this sort of reminded me of a teen version of that.

Enid follows her boyfriend Wick to a party aboard a boathouse, thinking he might cheat on her since he had asked, earlier that day, if they could take a break from their relationship. I thought the author did a good job here maneuvering her characters into this situation using this plot device. Once out there, we begin to get to know the characters a lot more, as they are having to fight to stay alive. They battle the sun, lack of water and food, weakness, hypothermia, and sharks. Secrets are revealed, relationships are broken and mended. Basically, all these characters are stripped bear of their facades and barriers and you begin to see who they really are.

I didn't find Enid annoying at all, but very strong. She was a teenager, so of course there is going to be some angst. It wasn't overwhelming. She seemed to worry about the right things at the appropriate times. About the only thing that stopped me a little was the whole twin thing. I can't really explain further because I don't want to give too much away, but this was one element of the story that I never quite understood. The author never really explained this, but it wasn't enough to pull me out of the story.

The book had excitement, adventure, tragedy, sadness and love. It was really good and I was really glad to have read it. Looking forward to more Kristen Tracy.

posted by Readergirl_Reviews on August 8, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Disappointed

    I really do not understand why people rated this book so highly. It was extremely unrealistic and Enid's character was immature and annoying. She drives about 10 hours just to see if her boyfriend is cheating and then treads water overnight after the boat sinks. Just seemed kind of silly to me.

    Some of what happens on the raft is okay so I thought the book would redeem itself but the end was just horrible. I turned the page expecting a few more chapters but that was it. Don't bother with this book. Its really not worth it

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