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Adrift ➻ Adrift Free ➱ Author Paul Griffin – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk From critically acclaimed writer Paul Griffin comes a fast paced young adult novel about five very different teens lost at sea with no one to count on but each otherMatt and John are best friends work From critically acclaimed writer Paul Griffin comes a fast paced young adult novel about five very different teens lost at sea with no one to count on but each otherMatt and John are best friends working out in Montauk for the summer When Driana, JoJo and Stef invite the boys to their Hamptons mansion, Matt and John find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility The newfound friends head out into the Atlantic after midnight in a stolen boat None of them come back whole, and not all of them come back.


About the Author: Paul Griffin

Paul Griffin lives, writes, and trains dogs in New York City His previous novel, The Orange Houses, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top Ten, an International Reading Association Notable Book for a Global Society, a Chicago Public Library s Best of the Best Book of , and an Amelia Bloomer Project Award winner.



10 thoughts on “Adrift

  1. karen karen says:

    until the very end of this book, i was prepared to give it two stars it s not terrible, it just reads like the YA from my youth and not like thecomplex and enticing to adults YA that we are blessed with nowadays the characters are wooden, the dialogue is unconvincing, and the sequence of events isabout making sure point a gets to point b than telling a naturalistic story but i definitely think it s a book that will appeal to teens, particularly that crucial subset of reluctant rea until the very end of this book, i was prepared to give it two stars it s not terrible, it just reads like the YA from my youth and not like thecomplex and enticing to adults YA that we are blessed with nowadays the characters are wooden, the dialogue is unconvincing, and the sequence of events isabout making sure point a gets to point b than telling a naturalistic story but i definitely think it s a book that will appeal to teens, particularly that crucial subset of reluctant readers the things that make it ho hum to a growed up reader are the very things that will attract readers who aren t looking to get bogged down in details and just want a plot driven adventure.john and matt are two seventeen year olds who come from the working class neighborhood of woodhull, queens from my computer here in wood side queens, i fist bump represeeeeent they are spending the summer working in montauk, where the wealthy come to play while they are selling ice creams and sodas at exorbitantly jacked up prices on a private beach, matt meets a lovely girl named driana she is from the upper east side, and she is lounging with her cousin estefania and stef s boyfriend jo o jojo , who are visiting from rio de janeiro dri invites matt and john to a party at her house that night, during which stef behaves recklessly taking a windsurfer out into the water late at night, and causing the four yes, all four to come to her rescue in a rickety old boat borrowed from an absent neighbor she probably would have been fine, but once they all meet up on the open water, circumstances occur that put the five teens in a world of trouble, and they end up adrift in that rickety old boat for fifteen days without supplies, shelter or cell phone service and exposed to sharks, hunger and dehydration, heat blisters, boredom and fear view spoiler and also dolphins, since that is essentially what kills stef hide spoiler one of them is seriously injured and one is off their meds they won t all make it through the story alive.complicating the matter is the tragedy that matt and john recently experienced together, an incident that john never wants to talk about, despite matt s prompts and a further complication is john himself not to mince words, john is a dick his coworkers call him iceman not because he is cool like val kilmer, but because he is silent and emotionless, partly from grief but also because he hates rich people if it s instalove between matt and dri, it s instahate between john and the other three john has a huge chip on his shoulder when it comes to the wealthy one wonders what he thinks of successful former woodhull residents like l.l cool j, young MC, al sharpton, russell simmons run DMC , and he s curt and bossy and downright rude to everyone on the boat, including matt even when dri proves herself calm and competent and john learns that there are hidden depths to the others that their lives haven t always been all rosy and carefree, he still behaves like a snide jerk and there s really no reason for it, other than just insecurity had the big tragedy that binds matt and jeff together in any way involved a richie rich antagonist it would have been one thing excusable because of grief, but it doesn t it s just part of his personality and it s ugly and misguidedShe s too pretty for me, right Too rich and as examples of dialogue that doesn t sound like it s coming from the mouths of 17 year old boys Matt, she ll rip the sweetness out of you, right through your rib cage You ll never be able to squeeze it back in there Look at him mope now.andI couldn t help myself What She s beautiful She was holding my hand How do you let go You don t You can t John, I m sorry Save your apology for my mother Then why d you climb aboard Shut up and hold the light steady and that s the kind of delightful attitude john gives off throughout the novel, to dri Dri checked under the other bench She held up a heavy duty flashlight Spot her with it, John said She ll think the cops are after her and stop Dri yelled over the engine noise Knowing Stef, I ll bet she ll try to get away Don t argue, John said Do it and even to his bestie matt I should grab the surfboard, I said view spoiler For Stef To stabilize her spine hide spoiler I have no idea what you re talking about, John said I want to use it as a I don t care why, just get it done rude.so the characters are not the strength of the book, but the survival parts are pretty good, and there s some practical information in here, should you ever find yourself in a similar situation but don t find yourself in this situation it s no fun the medical stuff is smart matt has undergone a first responder course, and manages toor less handle the various physical injuries and discuss the risks knowledgeably I felt like a fraud, acting as the ship s doctor, but I was the closest thing we had to medically trained personnel.and I knew enough first aid to know I didn t know enough.so between the things i learned and the good action parts, i enjoyed itthan the rocky beginning and all the lackluster characterization led me to believe i would.however, i did really like the ending it s got a very Paper Towns style ending, where it s unconventional but realistic and bittersweet.so many stars to the ending, if you can make it there through all the clunkiness and the irritating character of john john, you suck, dude.come to my blog


  2. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    As always here on GR, I love to pick up ideas from my friends, and when it comes to Aussie Readers I really can t go wrong My formula is slipping I didn t love this one Perhaps it s due to the genre, or perhaps I just didn t feel this one I didn t feel any particular kinship with the characters, nor was I drawn into the story in any real way Mostly I d say my feelings of being let down was the lack of connection with the characters, this didn t entice me to keep going, but I did as it was s As always here on GR, I love to pick up ideas from my friends, and when it comes to Aussie Readers I really can t go wrong My formula is slipping I didn t love this one Perhaps it s due to the genre, or perhaps I just didn t feel this one I didn t feel any particular kinship with the characters, nor was I drawn into the story in any real way Mostly I d say my feelings of being let down was the lack of connection with the characters, this didn t entice me to keep going, but I did as it was short.The writing is great, I should have been hooked All the elements are here for a great story, but I m not the target audience for this one So in saying this, I m sure manypeople are out there to enjoy itthan I.I ve placed the book on my daughter s shelf, she might be old enough for it in the next couple of years I found myself telling her a bit about it which caused some raised eyebrows in interest The premise of a group of young people being stranded at sea and a shark or two just didn t do it for me, but if it does it for her, that s great


  3. Aj the Ravenous Reader Aj the Ravenous Reader says:

    A compelling, thrilling, and quite saddening survival story about five teens who went to sea at night and then found themselves suddenly trapped in the ocean fighting for their lives It is very well written and the backstory of the two main characters, best friends Matt and John, is also very affecting and somehow quite parallel to the suffering they re enduring on the boat for so many days It s like watching a movie with that constant feeling of worry and suspense over which of the five teens A compelling, thrilling, and quite saddening survival story about five teens who went to sea at night and then found themselves suddenly trapped in the ocean fighting for their lives It is very well written and the backstory of the two main characters, best friends Matt and John, is also very affecting and somehow quite parallel to the suffering they re enduring on the boat for so many days It s like watching a movie with that constant feeling of worry and suspense over which of the five teens will break down or fall first and how it will happen The psychological aspect is depicted very well and I thought the pacing of the plot is perfect It s a short read actually which I think is smart because stories like this when dragged unnecessarily tend to be dull Definitely a recommended YA survival story I do not find a lot of those so I m glad I came across this novel


  4. Brenda Brenda says:

    John Costello and Matt Halloway had been best friends for a long time now seventeen they were working their way through the summer before heading to college, doing any odd jobs they could find They had a past that held them together but that was a story they didn t talk about Selling ice creams at the beach one day they met three young rich people, Driana, JoJo and Stef who invited them to Dri s parent s Hamptons mansion for a party that evening It was late the party was winding down sud John Costello and Matt Halloway had been best friends for a long time now seventeen they were working their way through the summer before heading to college, doing any odd jobs they could find They had a past that held them together but that was a story they didn t talk about Selling ice creams at the beach one day they met three young rich people, Driana, JoJo and Stef who invited them to Dri s parent s Hamptons mansion for a party that evening It was late the party was winding down suddenly Dri realized Stef was missing When they located her gear on the beach and saw that the windsurfer was missing, they made a split second decision to borrow a boat and search for her out in the ocean but with a storm brewing it became one of the worst decisions of their lives With the four young teenagers in a boat they didn t know, with only rudimentary knowledge of the art of sailing, they had no idea of the dangers they faced Would they locate a reckless Stef in the darkness of a wild night Was Mother Nature and the Atlantic ocean about to wreak havoc on those young and impressionable lives Wow Adrift by Paul Griffin is an extremely fast paced young adult novel filled with heart stopping tension A gripping and terrifying story of survival and hope, I had trouble putting it down and am blown away by my first foray into this author s work Highly recommended.With thanks to Text Publishing for my copy to read and review


  5. Mish Mish says:

    Wonderfully compelling story of sanity, courage and survival The story involves 5 teenagers who found themselves in the worst possible situation imaginable After a party, 4 of them took a neighbours fishing boat out to sea to check on friend who decided to go windsurfing after midnight It was a snap decision they didn t think of the consequences they may face, or to check on supplies or fuel on board Their focus was to get to their friend quickly But unbeknown to them a storm was heading Wonderfully compelling story of sanity, courage and survival The story involves 5 teenagers who found themselves in the worst possible situation imaginable After a party, 4 of them took a neighbours fishing boat out to sea to check on friend who decided to go windsurfing after midnight It was a snap decision they didn t think of the consequences they may face, or to check on supplies or fuel on board Their focus was to get to their friend quickly But unbeknown to them a storm was heading their way After a short while out to sea the waves became stronger, drifting the boat further out from shore The had no fuel in the tank to make the journey back, no food or drinking water on board When their days turns to weeks and there s no sight of land or indication of being rescued, their chances survival was looking awfully grim.Adrift filled me with so much terror and anxiety that I thought my heart would stop Griffin makes you feel and seeing the excruciating pain the teens were enduring, from hunger, to the burning sun blistering their skin, to having their already frail bodies tossed around by extreme weather conditions that was vividly detailed As days and weeks go by, you can see these kids mentally struggling with their predicament, and at the same time they are slowly dying before your eyes It was a tough and powerful read but hypnotic nonetheless I really couldn t turn away Griffin gave originality to his characters voices that really suited his teens Although in saying that, it did take me about two chapters in to adapt to their way of speaking.Great book I would certainly recommend it to teens that are looking for a fast paced, realistic tale to read Thanks to Text Publishing and Goodreads for my review copy


  6. jv poore jv poore says:

    Reading Adrift is like floating on the ocean, basking in the sun one minute being tugged under icy, churning waters the very next It s a kick ass story delivered in an almost detached voice, packing a powerful punch It s gritty and raw, in a naturally understated kind of way The story of two guys living on the border of Brooklyn and Queens with summer jobs in Montauk, selling cold drinks and ice cream on beaches starts quickly, gaining momentum as it unfolds.The brother like bond between the Reading Adrift is like floating on the ocean, basking in the sun one minute being tugged under icy, churning waters the very next It s a kick ass story delivered in an almost detached voice, packing a powerful punch It s gritty and raw, in a naturally understated kind of way The story of two guys living on the border of Brooklyn and Queens with summer jobs in Montauk, selling cold drinks and ice cream on beaches starts quickly, gaining momentum as it unfolds.The brother like bond between the boys is easily evident early on Subtle suggestions of a shared, sinister moment are intriguing An impulsive gift of slightly melted Klondike bars to three strangers one of which is a beauty with a heart stopping, crooked smile immediately integrates two very different worlds and forces them to embark in a volatile, enthralling, seafaring expedition Five of us went out on the water that night None of us came back whole and not all of us came back The story is, quite simply, stunning A cunning confirmation of the importance of perception is rare and remarkably well done here Reaching conclusions quickly, accepting the obvious answer when studying only one, very limited, view can be disastrous The snippets of correspondence among law enforcement, searchers and rescuers interspersed with the narrative are shocking and scary in their simplicity Mr Griffin weaves a wicked good tale flirting with foreshadow while revealing bits of the characters past, creating a web of questions, confusion and abruptly apparent answers With a diverse cast of captivating kids, an epic and mysterious escapade turned mission, and authentic dialogue, Adrift will have mass appeal Appropriate for the Middle Grade reader but too broad to be limited, Mr Griffin s upcoming survival story will be an awesome addition to anyone s Summer Reading List This review was written for Buried Under Books Blog


  7. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    Adrift is a book I finished in a few hours it s a very easy to read and not very memorable young adult novel Telling the story of several teens trying to survive at sea, it wasn t a bad book and although I didn t find it all that great, I still liked it.


  8. Kelly (Diva Booknerd) Kelly (Diva Booknerd) says:

    3.5 Stars.http www.divabooknerd.com 2015 07 aAdrift was terrifying A psychological thriller and fight for survival Imagine being stranded at sea, no land in sight and with strangers you had only met hours prior That s what faces the both Matt and John, best friends who neither are strangers to violence Dri is a Manhattan girl, but cousin Stef and her boyfriend JoJo are Brazilian nationals, enjoying the summer before it all begins to fall apart Told from Matt s point of view who has lim 3.5 Stars.http www.divabooknerd.com 2015 07 aAdrift was terrifying A psychological thriller and fight for survival Imagine being stranded at sea, no land in sight and with strangers you had only met hours prior That s what faces the both Matt and John, best friends who neither are strangers to violence Dri is a Manhattan girl, but cousin Stef and her boyfriend JoJo are Brazilian nationals, enjoying the summer before it all begins to fall apart Told from Matt s point of view who has limited medical knowledge, Dri who had basic survival skills and John, with his calm exterior that has him dubbed the Iceman JoJo spends most of his time fawning over the heavily injured Stef, her arm torn to pieces and the limb now turning grey It s eerie Between the group of five, it seems inevitable that one is on the verge of snapping.As they started to turn on one another, I found myself incredibly anxious With a hammer and makeshift harpoon as potential weapons, the storyline has a dangerous undercurrent of unpredictability and I loved every moment My only real issues were how the group came to be out there in the first place An idiotic snap decision when there seemed to be no real danger at the time, yet there were no safety checks on the boat and no one, even the stoic John, showed any real common sense Although superbly written, it lacked emotion sadly The thriller aspect was pure perfection, but the quieter moments between the characters, especially Matt and Dri fell flat Matt was still coming to terms with a horrific incident that he and John were involved in three years prior, but even as their story emerged, I felt emotionally disconnected to them both I really enjoyed it I loved the thriller aspect and survival story, but it needed a littleemotion within it s characters and their plight It s the only difference from it being a good read into an incredible read.Adrift was an enthralling thriller that simmers along, leaving readers anxious and defenseless Well written and a unique tale of survival in the most desolate of conditions Thoroughly enjoyed it


  9. Book Riot Community Book Riot Community says:

    What an intense book Five new friends working on Montauk for the summer must trust each other with their lives when they become lost at sea, after a midnight party goes horribly wrong As the drama on the boat plays out, each teen s story and true nature comes to light Can, and should, they trust one another I love it when disaster novels mention that not everyone makes it back alive I try and guess who it will be This is a read in one sitting book , for sure Tune in to our weekly podcast What an intense book Five new friends working on Montauk for the summer must trust each other with their lives when they become lost at sea, after a midnight party goes horribly wrong As the drama on the boat plays out, each teen s story and true nature comes to light Can, and should, they trust one another I love it when disaster novels mention that not everyone makes it back alive I try and guess who it will be This is a read in one sitting book , for sure Tune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new books, All The Books


  10. RitaSkeeter RitaSkeeter says:

    This was the perfect kind of holiday read Light, unchallenging, easy reading I m really drawn to books set in and around water, so that combined with the cover love it called out to me to read it.What I liked most about the book were the earlier scenes of the five young people on the boat seeing both their attempts to keep themselves alive as well as the affect the stress and fear had on each character and their subsequent reactions.What didn t work so well for me was that I thought the cha This was the perfect kind of holiday read Light, unchallenging, easy reading I m really drawn to books set in and around water, so that combined with the cover love it called out to me to read it.What I liked most about the book were the earlier scenes of the five young people on the boat seeing both their attempts to keep themselves alive as well as the affect the stress and fear had on each character and their subsequent reactions.What didn t work so well for me was that I thought the challenges thrown at the characters became increasingly unconvincing.The last chapter was, in my opinion, just superb If the entirety of the book had been written with the same poignancy as that final chapter, this would have been a four or five star read For that reason I m not ruling out reading further books from this author


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