Author: Guerrero, Tanya
The resilience of two cousins is tested when one of them is lost at sea and washes up on a deserted island while the other remains at home, holding on to the belief that her beloved cousin is still alive.
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/22)
Booklist (+) (09/01/22)
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Booklist - 09/01/2022 *Starred Review* Half-Filipino Coral and Isa are more than cousins: their mothers are sisters; their fathers are brothers. It is no wonder they feel as close as sisters. This bond is tested when Coral and her family set sail on a long boat trip, only to get swept up in a tidal wave. The shock hits Isa hard, and though she holds out hope, it’s soon clear that she will have to accept that her “Star Sister” is gone. Except, she isn’t. Across the sea, Coral washes up on the shore of a lonely tropical island. Her parents missing, and food and water dwindling, she must gather all the skills her parents taught her to survive and get back to her home. The action follows the two POVs of Coral and Isa, each girl an example of facing life with courage. While Coral lives out a harrowing survival story, Isa’s story is quieter but no less intense. In this way, Guerrero adroitly unfolds this tale of grief and triumph by showing a visceral story of determination alongside the effects a tragedy has on the people left behind. This is a stirring page-turner that will move readers to appreciate the people in their lives. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.