I’d see Kathy Perks’s The Lifeboat Clique advertised and on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but I never really gave it a second thought.
Until, I read someone compare it to Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens. And then I was like I MUST READ THIS BOOK THAT IS LIKE BEAUTY QUEENS!!1
So, of course I dashed off to Amazon and ordered it.
After finishing Daughters Onto Devils, I picked it up. And let me tell you, I nearly read it in a day — if I’d have the time to read all day. Once I got going, it was hard to put down. I was basically walking around reading as I was doing things. (No lie, I made pancakes while reading.) I was like Belle.
So, without further ado, here is the review…hey, that rhymed!
The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Perks
Katherine Tegen Books, 2016
What It’s About:
The basic premise is, an earthquake-caused tsunami overtakes Malibu, California, and ends up killing a bunch of high school kids at a party. A small group of five of those kids survive on a floating roof. Three of them are Popular Girls, one (our narrator) an outcast, and a boy who drifts between groups.
Here’s the more direct run-down. Denver, a social outcast and self-proclaimed loner, attends a party in Malibu, thrown by her ex-best friend, Abigail, after being invited by hot-Popular Boy, Croix.
All day, California has been feeling tremors of tiny earthquakes, which of course sets up for the Big Disaster later in the novel. (And by later, I mean by Chapter 4 or so.)
I’m going to skip over the play-by-play, because while the plot is interesting, it’s not really the “heart” of the story, or what makes it so good. So, skip to behind the cut if you’d like to read more about the plot, and maybe be a little spoiled…