by Fiona Wood
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Poppy (September 16, 2014)
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During a semester in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sib expects the tough outdoor education program and the horrors of dorm life, but friendship drama and an unexpected romance with popular Ben Capaldi? That will take some navigating.
New girl Lou has zero interest in fitting in, or joining in. Still reeling from a loss that occurred almost a year ago, she just wants to be left alone. But as she witnesses a betrayal unfolding around Sib and her best friend Holly, Lou can't help but be drawn back into the land of the living.
Fans of Melina Marchetta, Rainbow Rowell, and E. Lockhart will adore this endearing and poignant story of first love, true friendship, and going a little bit wild.
I LOVED YOU!! *Cough, cough* Um, yeah. I did, like a lot. You're pretty much one of the best contemps I've read in awhile, which is especially awesome, because you were my first Aussie read! I'm dying to get my hands on more of your kind now!
Wildlife, you switch chapters between Sib, the girl who just went from not so popular to very popular due to being put on a billboard and starting to date the most wanted boy Ben Capaldi, and Lou, who's still reeling from the loss of her friend and boyfriend and isn't looking for any friendships. Both girls are spending a semester of their senior year in the wilderness. Yup. That's right. The wilderness. Think Summer Camp for nine weeks, with all your classmates. I think that's the part of you that hooked me. I absolutely loved every single second of the time I spent at summer camp growing up. It was just my thing, and always seemed to last way too short of amount of time. Also, I resonated with Lou a lot, because I lost one of my exes in a horrible accident. It wasn't as horrible for me, because it was after we dated and we were just friend, but still I understood most of her feelings from a deeper part of myself. Sib was more wishy washy in my opinion. It frustrated me how much she wanted to fit in, because she would just be a push over and let people treat her like crap, even her "supposed" best friend. I mean, I seriously just wanted to punch the majority of Sib's classmates, because they were just a-holes to her, but I also wanted to knock the lights out of Sib, because she just took it for the majority of the book until she reached that lightbulb moment and finally stands up for herself/her friends.
It took most of you for Lou and Sib to connect as friends, which was kind of a bummer. I liked them as friends. As for your swoonish boys? Yeah, they didn't really make me swoon. Like at all, which was a good thing, because if I swooned over them, then I seriously need to check my guy criteria. Ben was a douche canoe, and Sib just couldn't see it, because she was enamored with the idea of love. Hey, we've all been there, but gosh, it's frustrating watching someone else go through it! Although there was a couple that I really wouldn't mind seeing get together in a future novel. That's a hint to your author, Fiona Wood. Could you pass it on for me, Wildlife? I'd really appreciate it.
All in all, Wildlife, you were a fabulous story of loss and betrayal and teenage angst and heartbreak and all the things basically. I really think fans who enjoy Sarah Dessen's books would really like you too. I know I did, and for that, I give you four stars! You rocked, and satiated my thirst for a campy novel. I wouldn't have minded going to a mountainous camp ground like you have in you back in my day! I'm sure it would've been an epic and enlightening adventure, just like your character's had, except minus the drugs/drinking parts.
Becca @ Pivot Book Reviews!