Monday, June 10, 2013

Left Drowning by Jessica Park

It’s no secret to anyone who has read my reviews how much I love Jessica Park. I pushed her novel “Flat Out Love” to anyone who would listen (well, to anyone who would read is more accurate) to my rantings of how great the book was, and how it pulled at your heart muscles.

Left Drowning her new book that is in the category of “New Adult” which is basically College age or characters in their early twenties, so needless to say Left Drowning was said to be more of the adult variety.

Here is the amazon version of what the book is about:
"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.”

Okay, so now that you know what the book is about, know this… You know nothing. This book is truly the most emotional journey I have ever taken in just one novel. I cried so hard that I got the hiccups, and I laughed so hard that I snorted. They were both in the same chapter.

There were quite a few characters to this novel, and somehow I never doubted in my head that they were all real people. I felt the deep emotional sadness of Blythe in the beginning of the novel and felt her start to really breathe after she met Chris and his own troubled family.

There was one character that is not even mentioned in the short snippet from Amazon who was my absolute favorite character in quite a long time; Chris’s Brother Sabin. His personality was strong and real and I feel in love with him throughout his friendship with Blythe.  I think he should get his own book, just saying Jessica!

To summarize my randomness, this book is great. But, it is not a light easy read. It is deeply charged with many emotions that take you through a roller coaster that could leave you laying on the floor in the fetal position (okay I didn’t actually get in the fetal position, but I was crying like a little bitch).  I happily give this novel 5 stars, and you all need to make sure and keep a close eye on Jessica Park, she is going to be bigger than Stephen King someday.

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