on April 26, 2016
Also by this author: Not That Kind of Girl
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together?
While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together.
And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.
There’s a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there’s nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn’t. Or say things you shouldn’t. The reward almost always outweighs the risk.
It’s the end of Aberdeen, but the beginning of Keeley’s first love story. It just might not turn out the way she thought. Because it’s not always clear what’s worth fighting for and what you should let become a memory.
The Last Boy and Girl in the World sounded like such a unique book. I read Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian a few years ago and absolutely loved it. I had some high hope for this book but ultimately, it didn’t deliver.
I saw a few other reviewers mention that the beginning of the story was promising and I have to agree. Keeley was interesting, the premise was great, and there was all kinds of intriguing foreshadowing. Sadly, I felt like things unraveled after the beginning.
Keeley is a very unlikeable character. I can appreciate the jokester in a group, but Keeley was never serious. She really seemed like someone that would’ve gotten on my nerves in real life. She was also really selfish. Honestly, she didn’t have many redeeming qualities and my opinion of her dropped and dropped as the story went on. There were a few side characters that were interesting and much more like-able.
My other issue with the book was the pacing. It really, really dragged at many different parts. I had a hard time convincing myself to pick it up some nights.
The Last Boy and Girl in the World has a great premise going for it. I’m still giving it 3 stars because I was fascinated enough to finish it, but I was definitely pretty disappointed.