Lost Girls

Lost Girls

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"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. But when a strong current sweeps Bonnie and her friends past their appointed campsite, depositing them instead on what the boatman calls a "forbidden island," they're just happy to have reached dry land.
Overnight, things take a turn for the worse. Three torturous days pass, but the boatman doesn't return, and what once seemed like a vacation in paradise becomes a battle against the elements.
Peppered with short, frantic entries from Bonnie's journal as she struggles to survive, "Lost Girls" tells the page-turning, heart-pounding story of a group of teen girls fighting for their lives.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 319 pages
  • 146 x 214 x 28mm | 440g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 031609062X
  • 9780316090629
  • 1,951,429

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"Strong and provocative, offering readers a forum to discuss friendship, blame, forgiveness and situational morality." ""Kirkus Reviews"""
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About Ann Kelley

Ann Kelley is a novelist, poet and photographer and lives on the edge of a cliff in Cornwall with her husband and two cats. After surviving several winter disasters including being struck by lightning they now move into town during the worst of the weather, to live next door to her daughter and grandchildren.
Ann has won several awards including the Costa Children's Book of the Year in 2007 for her novel, Bower Bird. Lost Girls is her first novel for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, originally published under the title Koh Tabu by Oxford University Press in the UK in April 2010. Ann invites you to visit her online at www.annkelley.co.uk.
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Rating details

362 ratings
3.42 out of 5 stars
5 20% (73)
4 26% (94)
3 35% (125)
2 15% (53)
1 5% (17)

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I'll just come out and say it, I didn't like LOST GIRLS. So, to spare you and myself, I'll make this short. I can't even give a definite reason to back that up, either, which makes me feel like a jerk. It's odd, really, since I typically love survival stories. LOST is maybe my favorite show ever, and I even loved Castaway. I think the reason I didn't like LOST GIRLS is the narrative. The entire story is told through the eyes of Bonnie, a teenage girl living in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The story read as a "stream of consciousness" which is a hit-or-miss for me. Bonnie is by turns horrified, hysterical, numb, detached and angry. All of those reactions are understandable, but it made reading the story a chore for me. Oh, and there was a scene that was total "WTF"-ery for me. It was bizarre, surreal, and unexplained. I will say this for LOST GIRLS, the author didn't sugar coat the story at all. The girls endured horrific circumstances, realistic dangers, and extreme brutality in their living conditions. So while this made for fairly gross scenarios, I appreciate the author made the story as realistic as possible. LOST GIRLS just wasn't the book for me. If this had been a book that I happened to pick up, rather than received from the publisher, I wouldn't have finished it. I also kept reading because I wanted to know if the girls were rescued, and who survived. This was not due to an investment in the characters, but simple curiosity. I hate that I felt that way, since I'm usually an empathetic reader, but there you have it.show more
by Andrea Thompson
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