ARC Review: A Map For Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Title: A Map For Wrecked Girls
Author: Jessica Taylor
Genre: YA Contemporary  
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: Aug. 15th, 2017
Summary: We sat at the edge of the ocean—my sister Henri and I—inches apart but not touching at all. We'd been so sure someone would find us by now.
Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.
I'd trusted Henri more than I'd trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I'd follow.
Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart. 
For the first time, I was afraid we'd die on this shore.
To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

After receiving this advanced copy at BookCon, I knew I'd like it. This was high on my post BookCon TBR pile and I finally got the chance to pick it up. This had me biting my nails as I read every page, wondering what could happen to them or go wrong next. Being wrecked on a strange, uninhabited island with a boy you barely know, has got to be terrifying, but I loved seeing the way things played out and how they handled the worst situations.

Like it says in the summary, Emma and Henri were inseparable, constantly doing everything together, until something happens that puts a giant wedge in their relationship. After they end up stranded on an island, they need to try and fix their relationship in order to get off the island together.

There wasn't much I didn't like about this book but there were a few things. I felt that not enough happened on the island. Yes, there were a few events that had me on the edge of my seat, but I expected a little more action while stranded on the island. Also, I did not like the way Henri acted toward Emma and Alex. Like come on, sure Emma may have done something she shouldn't have, but you're stranded on an island and need to help each other. Get over it.

This book is an excellent example of teamwork. They all needed to work together to get off the island. Henri attempted to push aside her differences with Emma, Emma helped nurse Alex back to health after he got sick,  and Henri helped Emma build their shelter while Alex was unable to help. I loved that the characters were able to form close bonds with each other. 

To be completely honest, I though this book was going to be more like Lord of the Flies in the sense that they would end up turing on each other and abusing power. I'm glad it didn't end up going in that direction though. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and the teamwork they exerted. In the end they were able to overcome their issues and feel real again. I highly suggest you give this a read once it's released! 

1 comment

  1. Wonderful review! I haven't read this one, but I looove the point you made about these people need to get over their petty stuff and survive lol. I, too, would expect this to be kinda Lord of the Flies-y, so I'm much more intrigued to hear it's not. Thanks for the review!!

    ~ Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover


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