the last boy and girl in the world by siobhan vivian
overall rating: 4.1/5 ⭐️
character development: 3.5
genre: YA, romance, apocalyptic
What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together?
While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together.
And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.
There’s a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there’s nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn’t. Or say things you shouldn’t. The reward almost always outweighs the risk.
i’ve been wanting to read this since it came out. it showed up all over instagram, and the premise sounded really interesting. plus, i’d read vivian’s other series (burn for burn), which i LOVE, so i was pretty excited for this, and i’m happy to say that i wasn’t disappointed.
i have mixed feelings about the characters. keeley can be annoying, but i like her overall—she’s very realistic, and i can relate to a lot of the things she says. keeley’s friends are interesting, but i don’t love them, nor do i love the main love interest. i do really like one of the side characters, levi, but i wish there was more about him. even though i don’t necessarily feel strongly about the characters themselves, i love the interactions between them.
the character development is okay, not great. keeley does seem more serious as the story progresses, but she’s still impulsive. although she’s definitely different by the end, she changes quite suddenly, and i would have liked a little more development over the course of the book.
the romance…i also have mixed feelings. i like some aspects of it, and it’s cute at times. however, it’s a bit lacking for me, maybe lacking chemistry? there’s also a little bit of a love triangle, but i don’t hate it.
the plot and writing are definitely my favorite things about this book. the plot is exciting and doesn’t drag at all, making the book very quick. i love/hate the ending. it’s sudden, but it also resolves a conflict. i almost wish it ended differently, but it’s realistic, which i appreciate. i also like the way the story wraps around, opening with the end scene and then explaining the events that lead up to that scene. the writing is very simple but flows so well, and i love it! i’m really looking forward to reading more by vivian.
overall, the last boy and girl in the world is an enjoyable read with interesting characters/interactions, an exciting plot, and amazing writing.
have you read this? what did you think?