Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com
All Jane Goodall Yearling and Camille Tafoya wanted was to have the best summer ever before they entered their last year of high school. Hanging out with friends, doing whatever they wanted, and helping Camille to forget about that jerk, Brett. Unfortunately, the girls' freedom is replaced with their parents' supervision, all because Camille didn't do too well on her SATs.
So now they only get three choices for their summer vacation: hop on a plane and live with Jane's parents in Tanzania along with other primatologists; fly over and live in tents with Camille's mom; or work on Camille's dad's cruise ship. That's right, they would have to actually work. After comparing and contrasting their options, the girls believe that the best choice is to go on the cruise ship. It couldn't be too bad, right? It was much better than having to hang out with old people and there is Internet access, great food, and tons of new people (maybe even some cute guys).
But when the girls arrive on the ship, the other choices they once had seem to become more appealing. Turns out the ship is nowhere near a party ship, and the old people they were hoping to avoid are suddenly everywhere they turn. Well, all except for the guys who work on the ship, too. So maybe it won't be too bad. That is until Jane becomes the one that parties too much, and the girls' friendship is starting to diminish. So now it's up to Camille to control her friend and save her summer vacation.
CHICKS AHOY is a novel about friendship, finding your true self, and learning from your mistakes. Lynda Sandoval creates a cast of characters that are easy to relate to and the reader is able to witness each girls' obstacles firsthand. A coming-of-age novel that is perfect to read while lying on a beach or while on a cruise.