After his best friend The King falls from the forty second floor of his father s skyscraper while the two are climbing JC is traumatized and chooses not to speak The friendship between the boys is
After his best friend, The King, falls from the forty-second floor of his father's skyscraper while the two are climbing, JC is traumatized and chooses not to speak. The friendship between the boys is highly unusual since The King's father is wealthy and he can have his choice of any of the girls in their school while JC (also known as Sharky and Sharkboy because of his passion for the species) is deemed odd for his singular obsession with the environment and lack of social graces. It is not unexpected that there is also a girl involved, one Daffodil Blue, and Sharky feels guilty about his love for her, blaming himself for The King's demise. His mother works for one of those reality romance shows in which one "star" romances and chooses from a bevy of candidates to make a love connection, and she must leave New York City to go on location. Since she is concerned about her severely depressed son, she arranges for him to stay with his father on an island near Vancouver, Canada, during the summer. The visit probably saves Sharky's life since he spends his days sending texts to his dead friend and composing and then deleting messages to Daff while he tries to make sense of everything that has been happening. Things are awkward on the island at first, especially when he realizes that his father is involved in a romance with one of the summer residents whose daughter Kelby and son Charlie help him heal. As Sharky tries to find himself and figure out a reason to live when someone who seemed to have it all couldn't, he sees possibilities in the world around him and realizes that perhaps he has misjudged his father as well as others around him. The book jacket indicates that meeting another girl helps him learn how to live and love again, but I would argue that his recovery and decision to speak and live again is more complicated than that. As concerned as he is with those sharks and the environment, if he can't save himself or anyone else close to him, what would the point be? This book forces readers to tackle some tough issues while weaving in interesting snippets about the depletion of sharks from the ocean for shark fin soup and other human needs and also contains biting comments about how humans amuse themselves in the most shallow of ways. My heart broke for Sharky, and I desperately hoped that he'd be able to heal from such a traumatic experience. When he finally learns the truth behind his friend's actions, the secret and The King's decision are not all that unexpected although they are terribly sad. His friend's decision makes readers realize just how hard it is to go against one's upbringing or parental expectations. Teen readers won't forget Sharky or Daff or The King, for that matter, even though they only encounter the last two through Sharky's memories and messages. Books dealing with issues this complicated and, perhaps unexplainable, are rare, and characters such as Sharky himself are as precious and worth nurturing because they care so deeply. But as I read the book, I kept asking myself how in the world we can protect those teens like Sharky who care about saving the world and yet find themselves powerless to save themselves or anyone else, much less the world or an endangered species. This one will stay in my heart and mind for a long time, perhaps influencing how I think and act toward others. A viral Before We Go Extinct By Karen Rivers Viral Book Grief can sometimes feel like being caught in the jaws of a great white shark.J.C who goes by the nickname Sharky, has been having a hard time ever since his best friend died in front of him in what might or might not have been an accident Shell shocked, Sharky spends countless hours holed up in his room, obsessively watching documentaries about sharks and climate changGrief can sometimes feel like being caught in the jaws of a great white shark.J.C who goes by the nickname Sharky, has been having a hard time ever since his best friend died in front of him in what might or might not have been an accident Shell shocked, Sharky spends countless hours holed up in his room, obsessively watching documentaries about sharks and climate change and texting his dead friend.Hoping a change of location will help, Sharky s mom sends him to visit his dad on a remote island in Canada There, Sharky meets a girl who just may show him how to live and love again.. Karen Rivers is too thrown by the Date of Death drop down that has appeared below her name in the editing section of this page to actually write anything about her life When she recovers, this box will be filled with imperative biographical information and may include SECRETS and probably also a few LIES Now she is going to sit back and anxiously track that Date of Death box in case a date suddenly appears, foretelling her imminent doom.. The best Ebook Before We Go Extinct As far as YA books on grief go, I would say this is better than The Fault in Our Stars, better than The Lovely Bones. JC (known as Sharky because of his shark obsession) has recently experienced the death of his best friend, and has stopped speaking. His mom doesn't know what to do with him so ships him off to his father, who is living on an isolated island. JC tries to process how he feels through texts and photos to his best friend's phone, emails he erases to their mutual friend Daff, etc. It felt very true to the voice of a teenage boy, and as the story gets filled in a bit his grief seems even more devastating than when it started.