Author: McCall Hoyle
Publisher: Blink YA Books
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A love story with so much heart it is nearly impossible for readers not to fall in love with the characters and cheer for them in the challenges they face.
After the accident that changed her life, Sophie has trouble trusting anyone or anything. When her sister, Meredith, is left a shell of her former self and her father walks out on them, Sophie feels the weight of world on her shoulders. She spends most of her time trying to keep the family business running and working on getting into veterinary school. When a hurricane threatens them and causes an evacuation, Sophie sees that some things are out of her control. When her truck blows a tire trying to evacuate, she gets separated from her family and ends up with the last person she wants to be stuck on the island with, Finn Sanders. She and Finn have a past and she would rather not spend time with him after he broke her heart. Together they have to find safety from the storm and work past their differences to try and learn from each other how to live life to the fullest.
This is the kind of book that is perfect for young readers. It is just the right length with all the pertinent information and no fluff. The story develops at just the right speed and doesn’t ever drag. I especially liked the way Hoyle showed us the love for animals and how they can be affected in a natural disaster too. The tension is brought to an intense level with the storm, not the threat of another person, and this makes it an even better story. I enjoyed how we saw Sophie struggling at the beginning with family and the pain of her sister’s condition and then it transitioned on her having to get reconnected to her family in the midst of the horrible storm. Each chapter showed a clear progression in not only the story but the characters and their growth, something that might seem difficult in such a short novel but was perfectly accomplished here. I highly recommend this to young readers looking for a book that is full of fast paced action, drama and danger at every turn.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.