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Learning Not To Drown by Anna Shinoda
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
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.
So, first things first….I want to remove all the typography from this cover and hang the image on my wall. Holy smokes is it stunning!!! As for the book itself, I am riveted by books that center around social and familial issues. They seem to hit me the hardest (in a good way) and make me really think. As a person that doesn’t get along with her brother (and his slew of stupid ass mistakes) this book sounds like it might hold a few very poignant lessons for me. Anyways, THIS is what I am waiting for…
What are YOU waiting for?