Review : The Living by Matt de la Peña

“Shy takes the summer job to make some money. A few months on a luxury cruise liner–how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two . . . every cruise has a fresh crop of passengers, after all. He’ll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. But then, an earthquake more massive than any ever recorded hits California and Shy’s life is changed forever. The earthquake is only the beginning. Twenty-four hours and a catastrophic chain of events later, Shy is lost at sea, fighting to survive–and stuck with her. She’s blond and she’s rich, and never in her life would she have dreamed she’d be adrift in the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by death and completely dependent on a guy like Shy. 

And Shy hasn’t even faced the worst yet.”

i’ve been dying to read a book by Matt de la peña since i read his short story in My True Love Gave to Me. 

The Living was an interesting book, but  something about it felt pretty dry. I want to start with what I enjoyed about it. The writing is absolutely wonderful. I love his writing style so much. It’s beautiful and extremely well-written. I also liked the characters. Shy is smart and I love is voice. I didn’t cared much about the other characters.

Now for what I disliked. mostly, it was the lack of originality. The premise was interesting, but not very surprising. The twists are easy to see and even a bit dull. The book has a really slow begining. I had a hard time getting into it. it took about 100 pages before it starts getting interesting. When the main event happens, things get better, but this book was still pretty meh to me. Also, the romance was absolutely unnecessary. Every scene with Shy and Carmen was so cringe worthy. I don’t believe in their relationship, I don’t think I want to see them become a couple. And we have a love triangle, yup…… a stupid love triangle and it was not well-done. I hate it. I think Shy was better with Addie, they have chemistry. Shy and Carmen were just boring. 

So, did I like this book? Yes, i enjoyed it, but it was nothing spectacular.

The Living : 3/5


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