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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Left Drowning Review


What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?
Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

Note: due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+

5 out of 5 stars

Jessica Park has simply knocked it out of the park with this one. Flat out Love was where I discovered Jessica's amazing humor and wit, but in Left Drowning we get so much more. This is nothing like Flat out Love is darker, sexier and just wicked good. 

"There has to be a list of my successes, too, doesn't there? Or at least my...adequacies? I try to focus. All the fucking liquor makes it hard, but I try. This is important. 
I'm not a terrible student.
I shower regularly.
I know a lot about tides.
I will eat nearly anything, except for raisins."

Blythe has a lot of issues. 
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She is surviving, but just barely. Then one day she meets Sabin who is so OUTLANDISHLY awesome and just makes her day brighter, leaving her a little more open to pushing out of her comfort zone, which leads her to Chris. Chris and his family are "shitting rainbows"
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They have also been through a hell of a lot, and are coping but they have always had each other, they welcome Blythe into their family and she begins to heal. She has an unexplainable bond to Chris, but Chris doesn't "do" relationships. He builds her up, but in the end will he only end up being the one to ultimately break her? 

I truly wished this book could never end, I could have read about Blythe, Chris, Sabin, Estelle, Erik, Zach and James forever. We all know Parks is witty and has a knack for sarcasm, but she is also amazing talented when it comes to wrapping us up in her world with only her words. 
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I have never reread a book *pauses for gasps* but I can easily see myself picking this one up again, because this is not a book you rush through, you have to take your time and savor it like a good wine on a sunny day.  This is a BOOK, its not something you can get through in a few hours, yes you will want to know how it ends, yet at the same time wish it could go on and on.
I wish all books could be this well written and just well words can't describe how awesome I think it is.

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