by Jessica Park
Published by Skyscape Release date : July 16th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I feel like I am Drowning in this NA craze right now. Everywhere I turn, there is a new title popping up, flashing in my face. They are like a damn train wreck. Sad, horrible and damage inflicting but you can’t help but WATCH.
Drowning in sorrow and guilt over her parents death, Bylthe is barely skating by in her last year at college. After meeting Sabin- then Chris- her live changes and she starts to live again. Soon, she discovers Chris and his siblings have secrets of their own. But will her love be enough to save them all?
I have to say that his book was way too long for my taste. For starters, the writing is wordy. Sorry, but it shouldn’t take an entire page to describe the color of the lake. It’s not necessary. There was also this mini flash back, in third person, that was just SCREAMINGLY OBVIOUS on who those people were. Granted, I didn’t realize the significance until later. That being said, I was engrossed in the story and I actually found myself laughing out loud quite often. The story takes place over quite a long stretch of time and I thought the summary between time was done well.. Except at the end. It was a year and it just seems like NOTHING had changed. I mean, in a year you do a little growing, right? Or something. So, that was rather irritating.
There are quite a few steamy scenes. I don’t mind sex in the books I read, but there comes a point where there is too much. At one point, I was skimming because I just didn’t want to read another repeat of what happened 3 pages ago. Also– I applaud the author for actually mentioning masturbation. Not the best thing to read –mind you– but it’s so scarce (from what I read) It’s refreshing seeing an author break out of the box and break some ice.
And yes, she was a virgin and he got around. C’mon, this is NA people.
My favorite thing about this book is how much character growth we see from Blythe. She is sad and depressed, harboring so much guilt over the death of her parents, using alcohol to numb her pain.. Watching her break out of she shell was beautiful and gave me the feels. The tables turned and she was the one taking care of everyone else. However. She let that dirt bag Chris walk all over her and I was thoroughly pissed off at how she let him treat her. I was a little put off that she opened up to Chris so quickly too, after having not talked about what had happened that night with anyone. Then after her brothers confession, I was rather disappointed with her reaction. Maybe I was looking for a fight. Whatever way you look at it– it was wrong.
Now lets talk about Chris and their “relationship”. Both, obviously, are attracted to each other. Hello, Insta Love- welcome to the party. Yet, they do this dancing around that eventually gets old. It really bothers me when a one of them says shit like “You’re too good for me” or “I don’t deserve you” and this is Chris’ theme song the entire book. He was a major douche. He’s a liar, a hypocrite and just ARG! What he did to Blythe was just… I’m at a loss for words here. I was really hoping someone would kick him in his baseballs. What’s worse is, his family knew. Yeah, y’all are fucking winners if you ask me. His only saving grace was how much he DID help Blythe through her turmoil. Then again, his actions to protect his family is admirable too. He is flippin walking contradiction.
All the secondary characters, are flushed out so well. Everyone is pretty screwed up seven ways from Sunday. We don’t learn about all the details of the Shepherd’s family past until the end. While we don’t get into too much detail— there’s enough for your mind to wander.It’s horrible. I loved how supporting they were to Blythe (save for the secret keeping) and watching all their interactions was heartbreaking yet fun.
There is a semi plot twist– which threw me for a loop. I had a feeling things could only get worse but that revelation was pretty twisted. *High Five*
Overall- Although there was quite a bit that frustrated me, Left Drowning was an intense and powerful story about love, friendship, and forgiveness.
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic, and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.