Before We Go Extinct: A Novel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Jun 28, 2016 - Young Adult Fiction - 256 pages
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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 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.


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This is the third book I've read by YA writer Karen Rivers, and she continues her tradition of writing strong and introspective characters. The main character, JC, also known as Sharky, is obsessed ... Read full review

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Disclaimer: I'm usually not a YA reader. I find it hard to connect with YA narrators, so I tend to avoid them. That said, I loved this book. Sharky's character was written like a true teenaged boy ... Read full review

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Karen Rivers is the author of many award-winning books for children and teens, including The Girl in the Well Is Me. She lives in Victoria, BC, with her children.

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