Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 26th 2016
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Received a copy of this book from the publishers and NetGalley.
This is a really hard book for me to rate as there were parts I really liked and parts that just dragged for me.
The premise of the book is interesting. There is rain, a lot of rain….so much rain that the town is going to be under water soon. I really liked the weather reports at the beginning of each chapter. This really was a nice touch.
As the weather begins to get worse, Keeley finally begins to get attention from the boy she has had a crush on since 6th grade, Jesse. Keeley likes to make a joke of things. It is how she deals with things in her life. Her crush, Jesse is pretty much the same as her, a big joker. He likes to pull pranks and catch things on video to share with others. So as the town is sinking, she and many others decide to have one last party before their town goes under. I get it they are teenagers and their lives are about to change forever. This may be the last time they are ever around their friends as their families have been told to pack up and leave. As things get worse, we see Keeley finally finding first love (as only teenagers can) while her relationships with her friends begin to crumble and change.
This book deals with heavy issues: natural disasters (a flood erasing a town counts as one right?), death, moving, leaving for college, starting new in new towns, new schools. These are heavy issues and not everyone can or will take them as seriously as others. We see Jesse and Keeley make the most of it. Do they see the rain as a joke? Or is this one last attempt to have fun before facing the cold hard facts of life? I enjoyed the ending. I think this is where we see Keeley’s growth. She is growing up. She is more mature and finally realizes what she has lost and what she had right in front of her the entire time.
I really hoped to like this book more. The premise is a really good one but there were parts that just dragged on for me. Rating this book was a hard call as there were parts I enjoyed but then the parts that dragged really lowered the score for me.
Would I recommend it? I would say to give it a shot. I can see where some will enjoy this book much more than I did.