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Author: Anna Shindoa
Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Publishing Company: Antheneum Books for Young Readers
Summary from Goodreads:
Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.
There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.
To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster. Clare: the ambitious striver; Peter: the angry ticking time bomb; and Luke: a drug-addicted convicted felon who has been in and out of jail for as long as Clare can remember—and who has always been bailed out by their parents.
Clare loves Luke, but life as his sister hasn’t been easy. And when he comes home (again), she wants to believe this time will be different (again). Yet when the truths behind his arrests begin to surface, everything Clare knows is shaken to its core. And then Luke is arrested. Again.
Except this time is different, because Clare’s mom does the unthinkable on Luke’s behalf, and Clare has to decide whether turning her back on family is a selfish act…or the only way to keep from drowning along with them.
Debut novelist Anna Shinoda's raw, gritty, powerful novel cuts right to the bone and brings to life the skeletons the lurk in the closet.
Reasons why I cannot wait for this book:
1) GENRE AND SUMMARY:
YA contemporary/fantasy? Please, Anna Shinoda and Antheneum books, give to me now, please, please, please.
2) WHAT THIS BOOK FEATURES: Learning Not to Drown features dysfunctional families, secrets, lies, and basically heavy subjects. I've been searching for a good YA book like this, and have yet to find one. I'm holding out a lot of hope for Learning Not to Drown.
3) OVERALL: I just have a feeling that this book is not only, one of the most anticipated of 2014, but will be on many reader's list of BEST OF 2014. Just a little feeling:)
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?