Book Review – Left Drowning #1

Left Drowning #117325147

By: Jessica Park

–  399 pages  –

Book Description:

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+

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This story follows main characters:

Blythe McGuire & Chris Shepherd

Important minor characters:

James McGire and the Shepherd siblings: Sabin, Estelle, and Eric

Book overview:

Our story opens up with Blythe returning back to her dorm from a party. She is still torn up with dealing with her parents’ tragic death. “At least it will be something, though. Something other than numbness. It will be a distraction, and distractions are always welcome.” Ever since the accident Blythe has had a rocky relationship with her brother James. Blythe believes that James blames her for everything thing that happened that night… everything that they lost. Following the night of partying the Shepherds come crashing into Blythe’s life when Sabin steals her coffee in the student union. Her world is about to change and it’s  going to be for the better. With new people entering her life, Blythe must also deal with her past and what has happened to her. Parts of Blythe’s memory leading up to the accident and also post-accident remain a little fuzzy. She must let the past in, in order to deal with everything. “You have a future. Deal with the past so you can stop looking back. It’s just pain.” With Shepherd’s help, Blythe’s life turns around, Chris, in particular, helps Blythe deal with her past.Image result for couple at the beach tumblr gif “Right now, I embody failure and surrender, but I see in him the possibility of what I could have.” Blythe although is not the only one with a troubled past. The Shepherd’s believe as if they are not good enough for other people’s love. “The downfall of shaking depression, though, is that I feel the letdowns harder.” This book is told from Blythe’s point of view, but also has a couple chapters told in the third person- outsiders view.

Her world is about to change and it’s  going to be for the better. With new people entering her life, Blythe must also deal with her past and what has happened to her. Parts of Blythe’s memory leading up to the accident and also post-accident remain a little fuzzy. She must let the past in, in order to deal with everything. “You have a future. Deal with the past so you can stop looking back. It’s just pain.” With Shepherd’s help, Blythe’s life turns around, Chris, in particular, helps Blythe deal with her past. “Right now, I embody failure and surrender, but I see in him the possibility of what I could have.” Blythe although is not the only one with a troubled past. The Shepherd’s believe as if they are not good enough for other people’s love. “The downfall of shaking depression, though, is that I feel the letdowns harder.”Image result for boy and girl crying tumblr gif This book is told from Blythe’s point of view, but also has a couple chapters told in the third person- outsiders view.

 

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is full of sadness, heartbreak, and overcoming your inner demons. I really loved Blythe’s relationship with all of the Shepherd siblings. They were always there for each other no matter what. Family drama aside they were always there. Besides Chris and Blythe’s relationship, my favorite Shepherd relationship was the friendship between Sabin and Blythe. This was such a cute friendship, he is so sweet to her. Back to Chris and Blythe, these two are the best thing for each other when they aren’t pushing each other away. At times I got a little mad at Chris when he started pushing Blythe away because my heart broke for her. Her love for him and how he couldn’t take it anymore. These two characters dealt with so much in their lives but the connection they share is incomprehensible. It’s as if fate keeps pushing them toward each other but they or a certain someone isn’t ready for it. I really enjoyed reading this book it was full of emotion and I would definitely

Back to Chris and Blythe, these two are the best thing for each other when they aren’t pushing each other away. At times I got a little mad at Chris when he started pushing Blythe away because my heart broke for her. Her love for him and how he couldn’t take it anymore. These two characters dealt with so much in their lives but the connection they share is incomprehensible. It’s as if fate keeps pushing them toward each other but they or a certain someone isn’t ready for it. I really enjoyed reading this book it was full of emotion and I would definitely recommend it!  5/5 stars

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ashley

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