Voyage of Defiance by S.E. Smith (Review)

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Kindle Price: $4.99

Official Rating: 1/5

Synopsis:

An act of defiance that will either kill her or change her life forever…
Sixteen year old Makayla Summerlin enjoyed one thing in her crazy, messed-up existence: hanging with her friends at school. Her life is uprooted when she suddenly finds herself forced to live with the grandfather she barely remembers.
One act of defiance will change her life forever when she sets sail in her grandfather’s old sailboat after she has trouble adjusting to her new home. On a journey that will challenge everything she has ever believed about herself, Makayla must overcome her fears if she, and a surprising stowaway, are to survive.”

My Review:

This was an embarrassing book to read. I found it to be poor in writing and in content which is a shame because the synopsis and the cover are what drew me in. It looked fairly good and thus is how I was misled.

I couldn’t stand Makayla and that’s a huge issue. But it’s not my fault, she didn’t attempt to get me to like her. Makayla was rude, irrational, judgmental towards people she doesn’t know, insensitive, disrespectful, disobedient (but it is praised as defiance), irresponsible, and severely lacks the required skills to make good decisions. And it’s all wrapped up in an “I didn’t have the best childhood” bundle which, of course, gets everyone to excuse her behavior.
Don’t get me wrong, Makayla doesn’t have a great childhood. She’s gone through a lot and some of her behavior is understandable. However, the entire reason for her defiance is to prove that she’s better than her circumstances, but I didn’t buy it. Firstly, Makayla doesn’t understand how an addiction works. In many cases, it’s difficult for the person who is addicted to go cold turkey or stop in general. It’s difficult and stressful and it takes lots of support and encouragement from those around them. Instead of at least attempting to understand this, Makayla angrily demands that they choose ‘her’ instead of the drugs that have rendered the person unstable in a heated moment where it is obvious that the person in question is in no shape to make such a decision. It’s an addiction, Makayla. The addict is suffering too, this isn’t all about you and how you “obviously aren’t [wasn’t] good enough…” On top of that, when that person goes to get help and is improving, Makayla insists that she should be able to go back to her hometown to be with them. She doesn’t take into consideration that maybe that person doesn’t want her there right now so that they can focus on getting better. Instead, Makayla focuses on how she feels and how she’s suffering instead of trying to understand other perspectives. I won’t say that Makayla hasn’t gone through a lot because of this situation, but I still found her to be very selfish and insistent on thinking about herself no matter what.
Secondly, as I said, she’s just so rude. First, she insults Henry’s (her grandfather) home seconds after he finished saying how he considers it to be paradise. Then, once she gets it into her head that she desperately needs to go home, when another character approaches her and says he wants to work on the project they were assigned, she tells him she isn’t doing it and that “I just don’t care.” Even after hearing that he needs this project to be good so that he can graduate, she still blows him off. Makayla is stuck in the attitude that the world revolves around her and I found it tasteless.
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