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Left Drowning [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Park
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,581 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.



Editorial Reviews

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Left Drowning is a powerful, sexy, unflinching story about letting go and learning to love. It's about sinking and swimming, collapsing and surviving, and ultimately about the strength it takes to love. You won’t be able to put it down.” –Tracey Garvis Graves, author of On the Island and Covet

“Beautifully emotional and ferociously sexy!” –Colleen Hoover, author of Hopeless and Slammed

"The romance and intensity left me spinning, left me breathless, left me wanting more." –Jamie McGuire, author of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster

"With strong writing and a compelling plot, Park tells a multifaceted story" –Romantic Times

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jessica Park mines the territory of love’s growing pains with wit, sharp insights, and a discernible heat and heartbeat. Her previous novels include Flat-Out Love and Relatively Famous, and she authored the e-shorts What the Kid Says (Parts 1 and 2) and Facebooking Rick Springfield.
Please visit Jessica on the web, Twitter, and Facebook at these locations:
jessicapark.me
@JessicaPark24 https://twitter.com/JessicaPark24 https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark

Product Details

  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477817158
  • Publisher: Skyscape (July 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BJQR23C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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119 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left Mesmerized July 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There is one thing that I will give Jessica Park credit for in addition to her impeccable writing, and that is contributing to my reader's anxiety. I, myself, am a writer. I'm not much a reader. It takes a lot for me to get sucked into a story long enough to actually enjoy a book or to connect with the characters, so when I do, and the book ends, I mourn slightly. I feel sad, and would like to know what has happened since then. (They ARE real people, damn it!) I think other hardcore bookies will understand that - either that, or I'm crazy. Regardless, after discovering Jessica Park earlier this year, I am hooked. Her writing style is fresh, fearless, pushes boundaries, and utilizes the eloquence of our language while beautifully flowing from scene to scene, infusing modern-day, young vernacular with hints of sarcasm and freely dropping an F-bomb wherever she deems fit. (That's my kinda writing!)

Left Drowning was no exception to any of this. I will admit, I'm not typically a fan of any sort of erotica, but the "adult content" fit so well with the storyline and made the bond between the characters that much stronger. It was beautifully written, with that hint of "naughty" that 99% of people pretend to be offended by but are secretly wishing their significant others would say to them in the middle of a midnight romp. (Don't lie, you know it's true. You're mad because you got caught. It's okay.)

The love story is believable. Whether or not you agree with me completely depends on how you feel about God, or Fate, or whatever entity (or lack thereof) that you may or may not hold dear to you. I have read a few reviews from readers who "didn't get" Chris and Blythe's immediate connection or thought it was weird, and I'm honestly sorry for you.
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172 of 194 people found the following review helpful
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[[This review contains HUGE HUGE SPOILERS!]]

I wanted to like this book. I really did. Flat-Out Love was charming. And, although the book has some of the interesting character dialog as that in Flat-Out Love, I just couldn't bring myself to accept this book.

Maybe I am too much of a feminist to enjoy it? Maybe I just want my heroine to have self respect? I have no idea, but it achieved the opposite effect within me. What I was reading felt like a horribly toxic relationship that made me want to take a mental shower.

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First, the characters. The main character, Blythe, showed promise. She had issues, which suggested some sort of growth potential. I liked that she had an obstacle to overcome, and I would have loved, just loved, if the novel addressed more of self-forgiveness, growth, and realization of self worth. Or maybe her renewed interest in faith or maybe something else that gave her comfort? I don't know. But, within the story, it is like Blythe is measured and measures herself based on her relationship with the other characters. As such, Blythe's personality falters. Once she is defined by her relationship with the other characters, her personality becomes secondary, and we readers are left to assume Blythe is just stellar and fabulous only because others find her so.

Christopher, the main love interest...where do I start... It seems that the book goes to great length to describe just how he looks, how hot he is, etc. But, his supposed wonderful personality is just not present or just wanes as the story goes along. The actions of Chris, however, speak loud and clear. Of course he is protective, he is damaged, he is hot, but why exactly am I supposed to root for him?
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books of 2013!!!!! July 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been racking my brain for the right words to clearly describe my love for this gut-wrenching, amazing, brilliant novel. I've looked up words in the Thesaurus and still, nothing can quite fit the bill. I can only compare it to the feelings I had when I read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I was left feeling overwhelmed by the tragedy these characters faced. My chest ached (I caught myself rubbing my chest to try to alleviate the discomfort quite a few times), my heart hurt and my brain was buzzing with all kinds of emotions. I had this crazy urge to flag people down on the street and tell them to mark their calendars for July 16, 2013 so they can buy this book, because it's going to rock their world. Left Drowning is the perfect combination of angst and sex with a storyline that is gripping, thought-provoking, tortured and dark.
Blythe McGuire breaks my heart. To say she is an emotional wreck is an understatement. Her life was changed forever when a fire took half of her family. I can't even imagine how one would live with a tragedy like that. She drinks to numb herself from the emotional pain she carries around. She's haunted by a brother, who she was once extremely close to, and now isn't. You can feel her desperation in wanting to be forgiven for her actions the night of the fire. Blythe is closed off, shut down and barely functioning when she meets Chris Shepherd. Almost instantly, Blythe feels a connection to Chris that leaves her reeling, wanting more, and suddenly... hopeful. Hopeful that she can pull out of her despair and be normal again. Hopeful that she and Chris can become something more.
Blythe becomes close to Chris and his siblings, since they all attend the same college together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Loved this book..it was a great fun read that was hard to put down. Good feel good book. Quick read
Published 4 hours ago by hayden
3.0 out of 5 stars Was a nice read while traveling by air
The ending is predictable. Was a nice read while traveling by air.
Published 1 day ago by Paula Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved every page!
Published 4 days ago by roberta brower
2.0 out of 5 stars The story itself isn't too bad, but I could have done without the...
The story itself isn't too bad, but I could have done without the frequent graphic 'college girl loses her virginity' sex scenes. I skipped over maybe 1/4 of the second half.
Published 7 days ago by Lauren McCord
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book :)
I loved the book. I have to say there were a lot of parts I saw coming before they happened but quite a few that were surprising to me as well!! Great story and lovely ending!
Published 8 days ago by Sierra Eskra
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I really enjoyed this book had a good story line that kept me wanting to know what came next in this book
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This book was great! I started it and didn't think I would like it...but once you are in you are stuck!!!
Published 8 days ago by Tawny Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Gasping for Air.
Left Drowning was a great read. I could imagine seeing this story on the screen. Jessica Park's characters came to life as each page turned. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Cinsaer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!!!!
This book was so emotionally charging!! There were times when I felt like I was a part of the love and pain it these characters lives... I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kendrea Randles
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't believe in fate this story will make you a believer, if...
if you think you know how Jessica Park writes, you are in for a surprise! I have read all of Jessica Parks books, her flat out books more than once and I was blown away! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Stacy Mitchell
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More About the Author

Jessica is the author of the paranormal romance CLEAR, A Death Trippers Novel, LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE, the companion novella FLAT-OUT MATT, FLAT-OUT CELESTE, and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24

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