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THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD by Siobhan Vivian | Kirkus ReviewsSign up for our newsletters! The Book Report Network. Skip to main content. The Last Boy and Girl in the World. The town of Aberdeen is drowning and its citizens have been told they must pack up and leave.
The Last Boy and Girl in the World
Thank you! When disaster strikes a working-class town, the class clown learns her coping mechanisms don't help anyone. Keeley is completely psyched for her senior year in tiny, largely white Aberdeen. Unfortunately, after a spring so cold and wet that kids are wearing thermals and winter coats in May, the river floods, destroying many homes and closing the high school for good. As the worst of the floodwaters recede but the rains don't stop, the mayor and governor encourage the locals to abandon the town, offering hefty insurance payouts. Keeley's dad thinks the governor who plans a profitable dam intentionally keeps the town in poor repair. Maybe the conspiracy is real, but in a town of boarded-up shopfronts and saturated homes, what options does anyone have?
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Rate this book. From the critically acclaimed author of The List comes a stunning new novel about a girl who must say goodbye to everything she knows after a storm wreaks havoc on her hometown. What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave?
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However, this is in fact a contemporary novel, set in the town of Aberdeen somewhere in the US, not Scotland, which had me a tad confused at first until I figured it out! The novel centers around the varying reactions of the small-town inhabitants to their more-than-likely homelessness and forced relocation, as seen through the eyes of Keeley, our protagonist. As battle lines are drawn and the people of Aberdeen stake their positions on whether to accept resettlement offers or stick it out in their beloved town, Keeley must deal with strained friendships, changing family dynamics and living it up in the little time they have left with her long-time crush. I did feel that the middle dragged on for a little too long, while the ending was fairly abrupt, and I could have done with less of the Jesse-and-Keeley love saga. Hannah is a twenty-something born and bred Capetonian who adores reading and reviewing books, and encouraging critical discussion on all things pop culture.
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