The Lifeboat Clique: Kathy Parks

Posted March 4, 2016 by Erica || 10 Comments

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Welcome to my stop on The Lifeboat Clique Blog Tour! I am so happy to be a part of this tour and that I am able to share with you guys this amazing book! Make sure to stay till the end so you can enter the giveaway! 🙂


The Lifeboat Clique: Kathy ParksThe Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
Published by HarperCollins on March 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Social Themes, Friendship, Bullying, Dating & Relationships, Social Issues, Dating & Sex
Pages: 336
Format: e-ARC
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Some people might say that Denver had a death wish. Why else would she have dared to sneak into a Malibu beach party where she’d be surrounded by enemies, namely including her ex-BFF Abigail?

Oh yeah. Croix. Denver never thought in a million years he’d ask her out, but who was she to question this miracle of fate? Well, that wasn’t the only surprise fate had in store.

During the party a tsunami hit the coast of California, wiping out everything in its path. Denver and a handful of others escaped death by holding onto the roof of the house and were swept out to sea. Of course, one of her fellow castaways was none other than Abigail, who could barely stand the sight of her.

Now that she’s floating in the ocean, stuck on a small boat with the most popular kids in school and waiting to be rescued, Denver wonders what might kill her first-dehydration, sunstroke, or the girl she used to think of as a sister?

A hilariously dark and twisted story that sparkles with a remarkably fresh voice, The Lifeboat Clique is Kathy Park’s irreverent yet insightful novel about how to survive in the most unthinkable circumstances.

Going into this book I was really excited…I thought I would really like it. The whole idea sounded absolutely amazing, but I was a little nervous for the Mean Girl aspect. Yes, I love Mean Girls, but I still get upset with the whole judgemental bitches that are in books. Anywhoooo, so I was excited, yes. I knew I was going to like it, yes. But, did I expect it to love it as much as I did? Heck no. This one kind of blew me away with how much I enjoyed it. I couldn’t put it down and that is saying a lot because I am in a massive slump and haven’t wanted to read anything in awhile. But, boom this one whisked me away.

I really loved Denver and I could connect with her in more ways than one, which was amazing. She was such a relatable character. I was so happy that the author not only was focusing on the present and what happened with the tsunami, but she went into the past. She allowed us to go back and see what happened between Denver and Abigail. We weren’t just told with thoughts by Denver, we got to kind of see it go down, which was refreshing and wonderful to see.

Not only did I love Denver, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of the side characters. Parks did a fantastic job of showcasing who they were. A lot of the times the side characters are shown, but not really delved into. I think what helped with getting to know the side-characters more was the fact that there were only a few and they were all stuck on a boat. We could see inside the characters…we didn’t just get to know little things, we found some great background info about them through back stories!

This story really is about survival and growth happening between these characters. It’s really great to see how each one of these characters grows. I think they all go through a wonderful transformation! If you want a book that you can finish in one sitting and that shows you to never give up, pick up this book!

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If you were stranded out at sea and could bring one book, one person, and one thing to eat…what would they be?

About Kathy Parks

Hi, I’m Kathy Parks, author of The Lifeboat Clique. (Katherine Tegen Books, March 1 2016)

It’s about Denver Reynolds, an outcast at her high school, who ends up in a lifeboat with the popular kids who hate her.

It’s Mean Girls meets Life of Pi!

I live near the beach in Carpinteria, California with my husband and two cats.

I love questions and meeting other authors.

Hope you’ll check out The Lifeboat Clique!

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  • I’ve heard really good things about this one! I wasn’t sure about it at first, but most readers have loved it and I’m excited to pick it up myself hopefully! The characters sound great!
    Lovely review!

  • I saw this one on Edelweiss a long time ago, but haven’t seen a lot of reviews so far. I’m happy to see you enjoyed it so much!

  • This sounds awesome! I totally see how you saw a bit of Mean Girls in the synopsis – it definitely sounds like there’s a Mean Girls aspect to it!
    It kinda makes me think of Libba Bray’s book, Beauty Queens? I dunno if you’ve ever heard of it haha, but yeah, essentially a couple of beauty contestants crash onto a deserted island xD
    Thanks for reviewing, Erica! 🙂

  • danielle hammelef

    This book sounds really good! I love that it keeps you so engaged that you can’t put it down. I need to read this book–if it can motivate me not to give up, I need that right now in my life. Thanks for the review!

  • Kaitlyn A.

    Can’t wait to pick this book up! The story sounds very unique!

  • Like you I love good fleshed out secondary characters as well, they really do add so much to the story. This sound fantastic, great review!

  • Jennifer Y.

    This book sounds really good! As for the question if I had to pick only one book, one person, and one thing to eat…it’d be a really, really long book, but not sure which, Bear Grylls (survival expert…so my chances might improve), and a giant bag of Jelly Beans.

  • One person.. one book.. one thing to eat.. Hmm..

    I honestly don’t know. As much as I love my spouse, he can’t be lost with me.. It would break his son’s heart (although his crazy family would get us back asap.). I would choose my brother, but we would definitely die (no common sense among us 🙂 ). So.. I’m going with my best friend 🙂

    As for book, definitely something cute like November 9 by Colleen Hoover – we’ll need some relief!

    One thing to eat would definitely be beans. Not very tasty, but they would keep our bodies fed and going before we figured out how to get fish (or died trying!)

    Very interesting book concept!

  • My friend grabbed me a chapter sampler of this at San Diego Comic Con but I (shamefully) haven’t read it yet. I’m not sure if this is the type of book for me considering, like you mentioned, the Mean Girls aspect isn’t really my thing. However, I think it’d be a silly, don’t-have-to-think type of book, haha.

  • Becca

    I am SO curious about this one! I am glad that you loved it! I think that I need to read it now! BTW I flippin love this font.. every time I type a comment I swoon 🙂