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The Lifeboat Clique

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The Lifeboat Clique

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Mean Girls meets Life of Pi in this darkly humorous, compulsively readable teen novel that's perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Andrew Smith. A hilariously dark and twisted story that sparkles with a remarkably fresh voice, The Lifeboat Clique is Kathy Parks's irreverent yet insightful novel about how to survive in the most unthinkable circumstances.

Some people might say that Denver has a death wish. Why else would she dare to sneak into a Malibu beach party where she'd be surrounded by enemies?

Oh yeah. Croix. Denver never thought in a million years he'd ask her out, but who is she to question this miracle of fate?

Well, that isn't the only surprise fate has in store.

During the party a tsunami hits the coast of California, and Denver and a handful of others escape death and are swept out to sea. Of course, one of her fellow castaways is none other than her ex-BFF, Abigail, who can barely stand the sight of her.

Trapped 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?

Mean Girls meets Life of Pi in this darkly humorous, compulsively readable teen novel that's perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Andrew Smith. A hilariously dark and twisted story that sparkles with a remarkably fresh voice, The Lifeboat Clique is Kathy Parks's irreverent yet insightful novel about how to survive in the most unthinkable circumstances.

Some people might say that Denver has a death wish. Why else would she dare to sneak into a Malibu beach party where she'd be surrounded by enemies?

Oh yeah. Croix. Denver never thought in a million years he'd ask her out, but who is she to question this miracle of fate?

Well, that isn't the only surprise fate has in store.

During the party a tsunami hits the coast of California, and Denver and a handful of others escape death and are swept out to sea. Of course, one of her fellow castaways is none other than her ex-BFF, Abigail, who can barely stand the sight of her.

Trapped 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?

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  • As a baby Kathy Parks was thrown out with the bathwater. This experience shaped her life and art. She is the author of five novels and also works as an advertising copywriter. She lives with her husband, Michael, in Carpinteria, California.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Poor Denver. First, she's ostracized after being accused of betraying her best friend, and now she's part of a group of teens who were swept into the Pacific Ocean after a tsunami struck the California coast. Allyson Ryan deftly narrates this darkly humorous story of the social dynamics of a group of teenaged castaways. The story skips through time, keeping up with the present of the lifeboat survivors, who include Denver's ex-BFF and current nemesis, Abigail, while also unraveling the explosive events that led to the detonation of Denver and Abigail's friendship. Parks submerges listeners in the lifeboat's brutal realities while convincingly voicing the teen emotions that come into play. Parks's story is unique, irreverent, and definitely worth a listen. L.L. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 14, 2015
    Denver Reynolds, 16, is an outcast at school, while her former best friend, Abigail, somehow made the leap to the popular crowd. After a small earthquake, Abigail throws a party at an empty house in Malibu, and Denver crashes it. When a bigger earthquake hits, it sends a tsunami sweeping across Malibu. Abigail, Denver, and several other popular kids end up stuck in a lifeboat—bickering, freaking out, and sometimes leaning on each other. Parks (the author of Sisters of Shiloh and other novels for adults as Kathy Hepinstall) gives Denver a whip-smart, hilarious voice as she delivers sardonic commentary on popularity and their dwindling hopes of survival (“I can’t recommend apocalypse in the springtime highly enough”). Part adventure, part sly critique of high school politics, Parks’s novel only dips during flashbacks to Denver’s collapsing friendship with Abigail. It’s a sweet, moving novel about loss, friendship, and the will to both live and forgive. Ages 13–up. Agent: Mollie Glick, Foundry Literary + Media.

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