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The Day of the Wave
by Becky Wicks
So self-published books aren't normally my kind of thing. They always feel like too much of a risk and I tend to avoid them, with few exceptions, but the subject matter of this one made me take a chance. I went into the book wary, but hesitantly optimistic -- it did not disappoint. I sort of loved it.Summary: Isla and Ben were just sixteen when the Boxing Day tsunami tore through their beach resort in Thailand. Just days after forming a life-changing bond, both were missing and presumed dead. Unbeknown to each other and haunted by one of the biggest natural disasters in world history, Isla and Ben are living very different lives, until over a decade later when a chance encounter throws them back together.
Based on real life events, The Day of the Wave is a story of healing, learning to let go, and figuring out when to hold on with everything you have left.
The first half of the book was just okay and took me a while to get in to, but the second half? That's when it started to really hook me and get under my skin. My heart ached so much for the characters--and for the real life victims of the Boxing Day tsunami--and the story brought me to tears quite a few times.
Ben and Isla... They were great, frustrating at times, but great and I loved their relationship. They both went through this awful thing that will forever link them together but their connection was deeper than that -- I loved their teasing banter and the fact that they were the best versions of themselves when they were together.
The only thing I didn't like about the book was Kalaya, purely because it bugs me when the "rival" girl is portrayed as catty and gets vilified, as if to make the main character seem better by comparison. Anything nice said about Kalaya was just that -- said, we were never shown any examples of it. But, that's just personal preference.
That's all I have to say about the book really. If you like heartbreaking stories with plenty of cute and funny moments thrown in, I'd really recommend this one. I'd rate it 4 stars out of 5.
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