- Publisher: Skyscape
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 30mm | 431g
- Publication date: 16 July 2013
- Publication City/Country: Las Vegas, NV
- ISBN 10: 1477817158
- ISBN 13: 9781477817155
- Sales rank: 71,056
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 audiobook 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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By Moodyno1 05 Apr 2014
Favourite Quote: “Slow motion, I think decidedly. He can make things happen in slow motion. The rest of the room grows blurry while Chris stays sharply in focus.”
Jessica Park is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors! There’s just something so beautiful and real about her writing that I just can’t get enough! Just like her previous novel Flat-Out Love, Left Drowning recieves a 5/5 stars from me!
Let’s start with the plot, I find it really hard to like and relate to character-driven novels but Jessica’s Parks books just do it for me! Even though there is a loose plot (it’s mostly about the characters developing) I still really enjoyed it! However just like Flat-Out Matt, I guessed the main twist straight away but that never took my love for the plot away! All the story arcs are heartbreaking but sometimes you just need a good heartbreaker! Though I have to admit, I never cried at all in this so unlike Flat-Out Matt haha!
Onto the characters who just made this entire book! First there’s Blythe who I struggled to connect with in the first few chapters though I understant why she was doing what she was doing! But after that she really grew on me with her kind, caring personality. Then there’s Chris who was just my favourite, loved him so much! He was so broken that I felt broken along with him. He was strong, caring, selfless, honourable and so much more, the list is endless! And him and Blythe together? I thought it was kind of insta-love but that didn’t really bother me because of all their history, it’s the kind of love we all want. That love that is forever, that is fate, that proves soulmates exist. This relationship is one of my favourite ever! So real and heartbreaking!
As for the other characters, there were all brilliant and broken! Sabin, Estelle, Eric and James were all damanged in their own ways but they were fighting through it and they made the book that more touching and realistic! Liked them all a lot!
Overall this book is just touching and wonderful at the same time! Cannot recommend this enough! Cannot wait to read Jessica Park’s future books!
By Rob Zimmermann 16 Jul 2013
I've read a few of Jessica Park's books in recent months and they're great. But none of them have come close to how Left Drowning has blown me away.
Park has written a story that pulls at the reader's emotions. Pulls in many different directions, and it doesn't let go even after the story's over. It does this by creating characters that have so many great, loveable qualities, as well as many flaws and troubled pasts.
What I really felt was great about Left Drowning's storyline is that it wasn't just the story of Blythe coping with her tragic past and finding herself. It was also about the Shepherd family, who are in need of their own way to deal with the past. It's a complicated journey, but that's not a negative. It's organized and won't trip the reader up. There are so many different issues occurring at once that there isn't a boring part of this book. I kept on reading and reading and becoming more emotionally invested in each character as it went along.
Why is there a mention of sexual content in the description? Well, this book does get very steamy at times. And I feel like this wasn't added in just for the sex appeal. I felt it was a great tool to show a unique bond between characters. It showed the passion, the hurt, the need for escape.
I haven't come across a book like Left Drowning in a long time. It pushes the envelope in some aspects, but with a story like this it pushed just far enough without going over-the-top. It's realistic. The characters drew me in. The overall emotional feel throughout captured my attention early on. When the characters relived their troubling events, I felt like I was there seeing it with them. I wanted to help in some way. Park is very effective when it comes to the descriptions in this book. There won't be many readers with dry eyes, at times. But there will also be many smiles, especially when Sabin in involved.