Review: Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Posted January 30, 2014 by Francesca in Reviews / 2 Comments

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Review: Left Drowning by Jessica Park
Left Drowning
by Jessica Park

3.5 Stars


Released: Jul 16, 2013
Series: Left Drowning #1
Published by Skyscrape
Pages: 399
Format: eBook


“…it delivered on the angst.” ~Under the Covers

LEFT DROWNING was recommended to me as an angsty read and one that would leave me thinking about it for long after I read it.  And, in a way, it delivered on the angst.  I do think I was expecting something different though.

Blythe McGuire lost her parents in a fire.  The same fire that ruined her brother’s leg and his hopes of becoming an athlete.  She’s been in sort of a haze since.  Going through the motions but never really being fully happy or even there.  Now its come to the time that she has to be confronted with that house again, and while there bits and pieces of that past come back to her.  Of that night and what happened.

Along the way he meets a handsome senior, Chris.  He’s hot, he’s guarded.  And she can’t stay away.  I loved the draw and chemistry between Blythe and Chris.  A little bit awkward and still you can feel a deep connection.  I suspected from early on that connection was deeper than Blythe realized.

The book has a tense feeling of angst that draws the reader in throughout.  At times though, I felt as if the angst was just created superficially and I would’ve liked to see it go deeper.  It did come together nicely in the end, and this was an enjoyable read if not a favorite of mine.

Favorite Quotes:

And then the whirlwind that is Sabin exits the building, stage right.

I see perfection in things that are likely considered imperfections by others.

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About Jessica Park

Jessica Park is the author of the young adult novels FLAT-OUT LOVE and RELATIVELY FAMOUS; five Gourmet Girl mysteries (written as Jessica Conant-Park with her mother, mystery author Susan Conant); and the e-shorts FACEBOOKING RICK SPRINGFIELD and WHAT THE KID SAYS (Parts 1 & 2).

Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dog named Fritzy, and two selfish cats. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy addictions to Facebook, Rick Springfield, and super-sweet coffee beverages.

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Thanks for the review Francesca.


Thanks francesca …I like the perfection quote