Title: Left Drowning
Author: Jessica Parker
Published: 16th July 2013 (Skyscape)
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+
This book has definitely pushed boundaries. I didn't expect it to be as mature as it was, especially when I'd read Flat-Out Love and Flat-Out Matt which are both, like, PG rating. But the contrast between the books shows that Jessica Parks can write a book with safety and also a book that hangs in danger.
This books is so emotionally heart-breaking.
So much history is wrapped round both Christopher and Blythe, it makes them both scared of everything in the future. Yet together they manage to battle through walls of the past to make them real, combating them together. The book is balanced with the happy and the seriousness of the issues that the characters have. The whole topics that the book covered were so greatly dealt with and the twist was so unexpected!
I have read some reviews about this book and I have come to a conclusion that this book is a bit like marmite. There is the constant drop of the f-word and also the sexual content is for a mature-er audience. But it's a book which sets up challenge. You'll either love it or hate it. I love it.