Teen Review: “The Descendants” by Kaui Hart Hemmings

This story follows the life of Matt King and his family. His adventurous wife, Joanie, is in the hospital, stuck in a coma after an unfortunate boating accident. Matt is stuck with the responsibility of handling his two daughters, Alex and Scotty. He was always the backup parent before and is now having to learn everything from scratch. On top of his personal life, Matt is facing the challenge of deciding what to do with the land in Hawaii that has been passed down through his family. The family is in need of the money, and the cousins are pushing to sell. Is it worth the money if it means the land their ancestors gave to them is torn apart and covered up in shopping centers? When Matt finds out that his wife will not be waking up from her coma and her living will states that she must be taken off of artificial life support, Matt, Scottie, Alex and Sid, Alex’s friend, go off on a journey to gather all those important to Joanie and to tell them in person of her situation. This book, though serious in subject matter, had several laugh-out-loud moments that kept it relatively light. I watched the movie without ever having known about the book until recently. I was in no way let down.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 17

 "The Descendants" by Kaui Hart Hemmings book cover

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