Left Drowning - Jessica Park
I’m gonna start off by saying this is my first Jessica Park book. Yep, that’s right. I haven’t read Flat out Love. I have it, but haven’t read it yet. When I first opened this book, I didn’t know what to expect. To be honest, Kait and I were having a conversation about books (as always) and she said something about it being about aliens. Needless to say, we were both talking about different books. So for about 70% of this book, I thought there was going to be some grand unveiling of the aliens. If you’re curious, I thought that Chris and his family were the aliens. I kept waiting and waiting for it. Then I finally talked to Kait (we were dual reading this) and she just laughed at me. I mean rolling around on the floor peeing your pants laughing at me. So – with that said… this book is NOT about aliens. It IS sexy, funny, angsty, STEAMY, adorkable, and I fucking loved it.
How can I express the emotional rollercoaster of AMAZINGNESS that this book is. One word, FEELS. The storyline is completely addictive. The characters were absolutely flawed in the most perfect way. I’m honestly having a hard time with this review. I just don’t know what to say. Even though it took me a couple days to read this, since as we know real life does exist (UGH!) but this is definitely a book that is able to be devoured in one sitting. I didn’t want to stop reading. Each and every chapter hooks you in and delivers so much emotion.
The romance doesn’t completely over run the book, it’s more about mending their broken souls. I LOVE broken characters. Jessica delivered not one, but FIVE broken characters!! Blythe and the Sheperd family, Each. One. BROKEN. All of them like a puzzle that needs to be put back together. Of all the characters, I really loved Sabin. Even though all the characters were beautifully written and so real that you felt as if you were right there with them, Sabin was my favorite. I liked Chris, and yes… I wanted to throw the book a few times because of him for the stupidity that I swear men are just born with. (Yes, even characters in a book!) The story is from Blythe’s point of view, but there are a few chapters in which you see the story from Chris’ POV. I can’t even deal with how the story intertwines so brilliantly with the slow building but steadily intense settings.
Left drowning is definitely a book that I would recommend to anyone. Especially for someone who needs to work through a tough time in their lives. Not only is Left Drowning about finding mechanisms to learn how to cope with what has happened, but also about finding yourself and forgiving yourself. . Left Drowning is honestly the perfect title for this book. I was left drowning when I finished, and you will be too. I know I rave about books all the time, but Jessica’s writing is perfection. The sexy scenes were just utterly amazing. I love how it wasn’t sugar coated and the wording was real. I get frustrated sometimes when authors use certain words with sexual encounters. I scoff, literally. Seriously, Why can’t I have mind blowing crazy escapades like that!? I get so jealous of the chemistry of the characters in books sometimes, hehe.
Jessica Park is magnificent, stunning and absolutely exquisite. I’ve had the chance to meet her twice, once in Boston at the Boston Author Event, and then again in NYC at BEA. I couldn’t say a bad thing about her. I most definitely look forward to her next NA novel. Jessica’s a genius in putting all her favorite authors names in her book. Every time I would see an author’s name I would smile, cause that’s such a sweet gesture. In either case, there is no way that this work of magical art won’t become a NY Times Best Seller.
Congratulations Jessica Left Drowning is an intense masterpiece.