Left Drowning by Jessica Park
Title: Left Drowning
Author: Jessica Park
Publication Date: July 16th 2013
Publisher: Amazon Children Publishing
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.
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Left Drowning just left me completely breathless. I enjoyed Jessica's writing ever since Flat-Out Love, and now this....this was just amazing.
Left Drowning left me in a complete hole, digging myself back up and wanting more. When I first picked this book up, I was like 'Oh my god! I cannot put this down!'. The story starts off with a bang! We get introduced to Blythe straight away. I love her character, her personality. I like how Jessica described Blythe as 'Bananas'. I found that hilarious and was laughing out loud straight away. Blythe wasn't self-centred, she cares about her family, especially her brother James.
Jessica made me jealous, AGAIN! I mean, I've always wanted to have an older brother (maybe four) and she created this perfect family of three bothers and a sister. No, not perfect, they weren't perfect. But they were really loveable. I fell straight heads over heels over Sabin straight away when we first meet him. Funny though, I always thought he was the older brother.....hmmm. Anyway, his entrance was just HILARIOUS! I mean (spoiler) how can you not laugh when a guy comes up to you and steal your coffee and start rambling? EPIC!!
Eric and Estelle are twins brothers and sisters. Eric was AWESOME! I mean, I have nothing against gay people, in fact, I LOVE gay people. And Eric was just a perfect guy, I swear, I wish he could be my best friend. Estelle....I don't know how to describe her really. She's awesome, rude, foul-mouthed, kind, sweet...I could carry on but I don't want to bore you...LOL! She was an amazing best friend, sister and roommate. She swears a lot, but I like a girl with a foul mouth hahaha!!
And of course, how could I forget? Chris! Chris was.....not what I was expecting. And that means good and bad. The good part is that he's so charming! And his relationship between his siblings is just so admiring. He's protective over them, not letting them push things too far but still letting them have fun. Reading this, I could definitely tell that their past was tough, like, REALLY tough! And I just admire how he doesn't give up. He stays calm for his siblings, not wanting them to panic or be sad. He just wants them to be....happy.
The bad part is that I don't really like the insta-love thing. I was never really a big fan of insta-love, but I sometimes I like it unexpectedly. I mean, in this book, I like the relationship between Blythe and Chris at first, but then when I get deeper into the story, I thought that there was too much secrets going on and they barely know each other to actually be in love. But like I said, Jessica surprised me a lot in this book.
But overall, I really did totally enjoy this book A LOT! I swear, I could just blab everything out right now but then I would spoil the surprise for you. But seriously, Jessica took me completely by surprise. In my head I was like "oh I know what's going to happen next" but then BAM! It hits me straight in the face, slapping me for being so stupid. OH MY GOD! This book was amazing! The surprise is HUGE! I enjoy this book so much! And I'm so lucky, I was one of the ARC readers! But when this book comes out, you have to go and buy it! It will NOT disappoint!!
Ooooh and I have to ask, what do you think about the two covers? What do you think is better? I thought the pink dress one is better (the one on the left).....I don't know why. Lol!!
Jessica Park is the author of the young adult novels FLAT-OUT LOVE and RELATIVELY FAMOUS; five Gourmet Girl mysteries (written as Jessica Conant-Park); and the e-shorts FACEBOOKING RICK SPRINGFIELD and WHAT THE KID SAYS (Parts 1 & 2).
Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dog named Fritzy, and two selfish cats. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy addictions to Facebook, Rick Springfield, and super-sweet coffee beverages.