Ever accidentally stumble across a book and have it be just what you needed at the time?

I don’t mean self-help books, necessarily. Whether you’re reading romance, adventure, mystery, biography, metaphysical, etc., sometimes a book comes along and just hits the spot. That’s what happened with me and The Living by Matt de la Peña.

As I mentioned in my last post, I learn a bushel of great information about incredibly interesting and even important topics through the work I do in narration.  But even as a full-fledged adult, I still have a bit of the kid in me that just wants to be entertained sometimes.  Ya know?  So when I pick up a story that’s a mash-up of Poseidon Adventure and Andromeda Strain and Cast Away with a dash of James Bond thrown in, I’m intrigued.  When that story is well-written and well-paced, I’m a happy camper.

This is a story aimed at the young adult reader, but it has enough action and adventure to keep an adult (well, one like me) interested.  I’ll admit that the denouement started to feel just a tad long … until I saw that it was building to a sequel.  Something to look forward to!

From the Book Jacket:

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 . . . there’s always going to be a fresh crop of passengers, after all.  He’ll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom 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.

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