Lissa's Review: Left Drowning (Left Drowning #1) by Jessica Park
Kindle Unlimited/Audio Publisher: Skyscape Released: July 16th 2013
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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.
Five Boundless Stars This book, this story is.. Well it's hard to put into words.
Blythe, has pretty much done nothing with the outside world. She's in college but hasn't yet experienced actual college life. By chance one day she meets a boy. That moment in her life changes everything. She's spent so much time with her past, that she hasn't given herself a future.
Then comes Chris, equally as broken as her. Through out the book I had a love/hate relationship with him. Though I loved, what he eventually does for Blythe. I hated that he wouldn't let her be the same, as she is too him. Now I pretty much knew the twist in the beginning. So really it was something I was able to watch unfold. There a lot of things that happened, that would make anyone feel heart ache for these characters.
Blythe is a really strong character, once you learn her story and what she's overcome. It's just you can't run from your past because eventually all these memories, feelings will catch up and boil over.
This story is filled with so much emotion. At times, I felt like my heart was just being ripped out and shattered into a million pieces. Then eventually made whole again. As these characters regain, what they've lost in some way. Be aware if you read this. There are some topics that can be hard to read.
All of the characters you grow Close to in a way and you want to see it through. I think what the author did, was really genius. I actually read and used audio through out the story. The narrator was actually perfect and the voice that meshes well, can be hard to find.
I really really thought about this and I can't give this any less than a five. It really did just tear at me through and through. Left Drowning, isn't easy. It's messy. But life is messy.