Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review: Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Left Drowning by Jessica Park
Excerpt

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.


Genre

Contemporary

Review

I felt conflicted on rating this one. There were some good parts and some not so good parts. One thing I'm happy with was that Jessica Park ventured into writing some pretty hot R-rated scene and it was long drawn out. *fan self*

First of all, her Flat out Love was Amazing and I love the 'Wow' factor and those 'what the heck was going on' factor. Left Drowning did started with a hint of suspense and mysteriousness that left me panting after.

Even when you're drowning and so far under,
there is always time to reach for someone
who will teach you how to breathe again.
 

For the past 4 years, Blythe had been living her college life in numbness. She was an orphan now with an estranged brother, James. The tragedy that hit her family ruined everything good in her life. It was depressing to see Blythe live like that, but on one fine morning she life just changed.

She met Sabin, a quirky guy who talked funny, stole her coffee and invited her to watch his play. On the same day, she met Chris, the guy who was skipping stones by the lakeside. As it turned out Chris and Sabin were the Shepherd siblings and there were also the twins, Eric and Estella. 

Chris and Sabin brought Blythe into their fold and for once Blythe was enjoying her social life in college and felt connected to someone. 

Let me first get to the parts I like in the book. 

1. The Shepherd siblings dynamic was wonderful. They bicker and fight, but they love each other so much. On the surface they were a bunch of energetic teenagers with their days to days problem, but underneath you knew they were hiding some kind of family secrets.

2. I enjoyed Blythe and Sabin friendship and their closeness. But when they got more touchy feely, I felt a little weirded out.

3. I love Blythe and Chris blossoming romance. There were a time when they were together, but not really together, which was just so heart warming. 

"Don't ever say that I'm too good for you. Say, "Not now". Say, "Maybe never."

3. I love seeing how Blythe turn her life around and she became this amazing girl.

4. Jessica Park can write one hell of a sex scene.

The parts that I don't really like

1. Their insta-connection felt unnatural. It felt like some spiritual stuff was at work.

2. I got the reason behind Chris initial reluctance to be with Blythe, but I found the reason not that strong. I didn't felt like 'of course you can't be with her'. Mostly I felt 'you dumbass, quit being a wimp'.

3. (view spoiler)

In the end, I found it predictable because from all the flash back throughout the book, we can already guess what it was all about. How Chris's life was interlink with Blythe and how he felt he didn't deserved her love. We got our HEA, but the resolution was not as epic as I had hope. It was still a heartwarming story about a bunch of close friends and young love.

"When we are together, the world gets sharper, the past becomes unobstructed, and... the floodgates open."

Ratng 3.5/5

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