Young Adult, Contemporary, Survival
June 9, 2015
She swam up for what seemed like an eternity, with her chest so achingly empty it felt as if it had collapsed, seeing only white bubbles in front of her face until she broke the surface.
One moment of rashness, and fourteen-year-old Emily Slake finds herself amid hundreds of panicked and drowning people in the dark ocean waters off Sumatra. Miles from shore without a life vest, she resolves to survive. But in facing the dangers of the ocean, the desperation of her fellow survivors, and her own growing exhaustion, Emily must summon wits and endurance she's not sure she has.
Striking out on her own, Emily encounters Isman, a frightened young Muslim boy, floating in a life vest. Together they swim for their lives, relying on Emily's physical strength and Isman's quiet faith.
Based on a true story, Overboard is both a riveting tale of survival and a sensitive portrayal of cross-cultural understanding in a time of crisis.
Thank you to author Elizabeth Fama for providing me a Kindle and physical copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
There’s just something captivating about a book that was based on a true story and Overboard by Elizabeth Fama is quite gripping as I only finished it in a day. Well, I know it is only 186 pages but I’m such a slow reader that finishing a book in 24 hours is a record for me.
Lately, I’ve been picking up some great friendship books and the friendship in this book is great. I like how religion was introduced in Emily and Isman’s friendship but it also felt like it weren’t forced. It was like Isman was just sharing his beliefs to this stranger, kind of just like he was having a normal conversation with someone.
The main character, Emily, who is 14 is a little bit whiny but it did not annoy me because it’s just realistic. She’s missing her home and friends back in Boston and she felt really different from the people in Sumatra because of her white complexion and blond hair.
This book made me imagine what it felt like to be stranded in an ocean and I was scared. Though it did not made me feel like I’m the one who is stranded. The writing wasn’t difficult to read even if it is told in 3rd person point of view. However because it is told in 3rd person POV I didn’t felt connected to the characters.
Overboard is a gripping story of fate, beliefs and friendship, one that will keep you turning the pages.
Now for the giveaway! Elizabeth Fama will be giving 1 paperback copy of Overboard to a lucky winner! It is a book you would want to read so try your luck and join!
Plus One was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in April, 2014. A 2015 RITA award finalist, Plus One was also a highlighted book in VOYA magazine, and was listed among the “Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014” in the Huffington Post.
Monstrous Beauty, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in September, 2012. It won won the 2013 Odyssey Honor Award, and was included on the 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list and the 2013 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list.
My first novel, Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), was named a 2003 Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association (one of only eleven books selected unanimously by the committee that year). It received the 2002-2003 honor award from the Society of Midland Authors, and it was nominated for five state readers’ choice awards (New Hampshire, Texas, Illinois, Utah, and Florida).