Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Emigrating from India, a teenage boy named Pi finds himself in a lifeboat after a storm sinks the cargo ship on which he and his family were going to Canada. Except Pi is not alone in his lifeboat. There's a hyena, an orangutan, zebra and Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger. As you can imagine, this situation lends itself to a very interesting, creative story.
I will give this book that much. It is original. And it is well-written. It took nearly a quarter of the book before the ship that Pi and his family take is even mentioned. And that was a bit disappointing to me.
There were some parts, though hard to believe, made wonderful short stories within the larger one. For instance, a carnivorous island and the taming of Richard Parker. But as a whole, I didn't really care for it.
But if you're tired of the typical boy meets girl story and are looking for something truly different, I would recommend this book. The ending alone will cause you to think and possibly re-think the whole of the book.