Title: Stranded on Castaway Island
Author: Amy C. Laundrie
Release Date: April 2nd, 2022
Page Count: 262
Start Date: August 26th, 2022
Finish Date: August 27th, 2022
Story: I thought this story was very interesting. It was full of healthy lessons for a younger audience that I feel like we don’t consider as adults. Even though we went through the same thing at that age. Actually, I kind of got Hatchet vibes from this. That’s a novel by Gary Parson. Instead of a plane crash, it’s a boat crash. Instead of a teenage boy, it’s two teenage girls. I found that very interesting. I really loved Hatchet. I read that the author really got into writing this story to the point where she experienced many things that happened in the story. I’m so impressed by that.
Characters: Most of the story follows Annie and Mirra. Annie is a pretty introverted shy girl and Mirra seems to be an up and coming mean girl. I could be harsh on that assessment. I’m curious on how things would have been different if they had never wound up on that island.
Critiques: There are many places that I really feel needed to be explained a little more. I feel like they got rushed over just a tad. I also would have loved some things been explained a bit better in the end. I won’t get into details of that. The biggest issue I have is the cover. I just feel it’s a bit too dark. It gives gothic ish vibes. I think it could use a bit of a makeover to be honest.
Final Thoughts: I think this would be an amazing book for middle and high schoolers to read. I could even like to see some schools use it as lessons in their English class like they did with Hatchet. I enjoyed the story far more than I thought I would. I didn’t want to stop reading about these characters and wanted to see what happened long after it!