Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Review: Left Drowning by: Jessica Park

Release Date: July 16, 2013 from Skyscape
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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."

My Thoughts:

I had absolutely no expectations going into this book. I stumbled across it at BEA, saw Colleen Hoover blurbed it, and decided that I must read it, so I grabbed it. I kind of love going into books with no expectations because it usually allows the book to take you by surprise. That is exactly what happened here. Left Drowning was a captivating and emotional read, and while I do have some reservations, on the whole I really enjoyed it. 

Our main character Blythe is a broken character. Over the past four years she has been mourning the tragic death of her parents and not really in a healthy way. Then she meets Chris and he helps her. I don’t want to say he fixes her, because she was beginning to become self-aware before meeting him, but he definitely assists in the process. I genuinely liked Blythe’s character. I felt for her and I admired her determination. Sure, she pretty much lived in a haze for four years, but once she decides to fix her life she is determined to make it happen. 

Then we have Chris. I’m not going to lie; I struggled with Chris a lot. I try not to judge characters for their decisions, because everyone makes choices for different reasons, but this was supremely hard with Chris. I understand he had a rough past and I understand where he was coming from, but he was very hot and cold. Honestly, he was kind of an asshole a lot of the time. I personally wouldn’t have forgiven him for some of the crap he pulled, but hey, maybe Blythe is a better person than I am. I liked him but I really wanted to strangle him. 

I think my biggest reservation is the length. At times I felt the story dragged. I think the story could have wrapped up quicker. For me, things just seemed to fall apart one too many times. 

This was definitely an emotional read and it made my heart hurt a lot. However it also made me smile. The banter was great and Sabin is a fantastic character. He made the book hysterical. Although he is not without his demons as well. I also need to take a second to acknowledge some of the steamy moments, because this book delivered them. Some of those moments will require ice cubes and cold water. I really loved those scenes and they were done so well. 

All in all, Left Drowning is a truly heartbreaking yet heartwarming read. I am so glad I stumbled across this one. This is a book that is perfect for those who enjoy having their heart ripped out.


  1. I think I would struggle with Chris as well, but think I would love Blythe and I like a heartwarming but wrenching story

  2. Everyone seem to enjoy this book and I must read it soon. I hope I won't struggle with Chris. Great review :)

  3. I was just talking with my husband about books that just seem to have "too much", and some of it isn't even necessary. I do plan to read this eventually, but I have reservations about Chris.
    Great review, Teresa!

  4. Ah! Yes, best way to go into a book is with no expectations! I try to do that, too :) Chris definitely sounds like an asshole! I probably wouldn't enjoy his character as much either.

    Sounds like a good, emotional read! I might have to check this one out!

    AWESOME REVIEW!!! *muggle huggles*

  5. I've seen a lot of read reviews for this one but I don't do very well with stories that drag. Very curious as to what I'll think. Great review!

  6. Great review! I never heard of this one before, but I love when I stumble upon books. I will definitely check this one out. It sounds really good, Chris doesn't sound like a character that I'll like at all though.

  7. I am so excited about this book! I saw it on goodreads and I am definitely going to be picking it up! Although, I am worried about Chris' characters but at least he kinda grew on you. lol ;p And I hate it when stories drag. :( But, I am excited to read it! Glad you enjoyed this Teresa, even with the drawbacks you had!

    Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

    1. It is definitely worth the read and it is enjoyable.... but Chris made me crazy! Haha cant wait to see what you think of it!

  8. Thanks for the heads up on this one Teresa. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews and people saying similar things- it was good, but they got exasperated at times. It's good to know you still enjoyed it, despite having a few reservations. Great review dear!

  9. Oh, sign me up! I love having my heart ripped out! ;) Awesome review, Teresa. It is nice to stumble upon books like this and have no expectations - and then enjoy them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)


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