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Deep Green Paperback – November 1, 2013
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
From Once Upon a YA Book: "The author addresses prejudice, abuse, and relationships with men in a way that makes it easy for the target audience to relate to... (Leah's) courage and spirit are uplifting... This is a beautiful story and is well written... As a teacher of middle grade students, I would encourage teenage girls to read this adventure." (12/14/13, onceuponayabook.blogspot.com)
From KStew's Book Reviews: "Leah was a strong female lead for me. She adapted when needed and she prevailed. There aren't enough strong females like her in the book world!" (kstewsreviews.com)
From A Little Something to Chew On: "Deep Green held my attention from the moment I began reading... Deep intrigue and intense plot are carefully weaved throughout the story...I see similar qualities to the Life of Pi, as Haddad adds intellectual reflection and discussion from her main characters, and is why I would recommend this book to an audience beyond YA." (alittlesomethingtochewon.com/)
From Mom With A Reading Problem: "I must say it blew me away! I absolutely loved it! And props to the author for keeping it a clean... It was such a refreshing read!" (momwithareadingproblem.blogspot.com/)
About the Author
Trisha Haddad lives in sunny Southern California with "her guys" (her husband and little sons). Her passions include writing, reading, and travel. She is the author of Deep Green (2013), Nihon Nights (2011), and Best of Luck Elsewhere (2009).
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Christy's Review: We received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I read Deep Green in twelve hours. No really. Twelve hours.
This coming-of-age story follows Leah as she is forced to come out of her shell in a life or death situation. Leah discovers how strong she really is. The author addresses prejudice, abuse, and relationships with men in a way that makes it easy for the target audience to relate to. I enjoyed the references to classic literature and appreciate how the protagonist is intelligent and is okay with that. She prefers books to other activities. Her courage and spirit are uplifting.
The story begins on a cruise ship, which is taken over by a group of men and women with guns. Musir tries to tell someone there is something going on, but speaking English is difficult for him, especially when he is upset. He tries to tell Leah what he has seen, but she does not understand him. She finds Blue McCree in the dining hall, and he comes to translate the Arabic for Musir. Things explode in a fury of guns and screaming. Musir grabs Leah and unceremoniously throws her overboard! Luckily there is a lifeboat there to break her fall. Gunmen try to stop them, but Musir is able to launch the lifeboat before they are stopped. Leah falls hard upon launch and is knocked out cold. She awakens to find that she is on board a lifeboat with four people she does not know. Blue McCree is a talkative idealist and student in college. Musir is a quiet, intense young Arabic man, whose actions speak louder than his words. Kent Carson is man, presumably to be in his fifties, who is a bit of a chovanist and makes Leah uncomfortable. That leaves an unnamed woman who was injured badly when she jumped from the ship. After several days the supplies on board are dwindling, and the group decides to seek land and sustenance. What follows is an adventure, to say the least. The differences in Blue and Musir, who are competing for Leah's affection, are obvious. Leah must decide...does she choose the scholarly college student or does she choose the quiet young Arabic man.
This is a beautiful story and is well written. I was rooting for Leah and a particular boy all along. I can't tell you who, that would spoil the fun! As a teacher of middle grade students, I would encourage teenage girls to read this adventure. I might even read it again. :)
Leah was a normal girl like us (the socially awkward nerd who loves reading more than interacting with live human beings) when the cruise she was on with her family was attacked by terrorists. The story follows her survival on a life raft with 4 others and then on the island where most of them live until they are rescued.
I enjoyed this story because I liked Leah a lot. She was a strong female lead for me. Being 16 and stranded with 2 boys that are both showing interest in you probably isn’t the easiest situation in the world to be in. She handled it very well! She adapted when needed and she prevailed. There aren’t enough strong females like her in the book world!
I liked Musir more than Blue from the beginning. Blue just rubbed me the wrong way, and I was glad that Leah didn’t want more than just friendship with him. Musir was the guy from the novels she’d spent her entire life reading about so they were obviously destined to be together!
Kent - what a creeper!!
Overall, it was an easy, enjoyable read that I was able to finish in one sitting, which is nice sometimes. The only thing that I think I would have made it better is if it were more in depth. I wanted to know what happened to everyone after the island. Did Blue kill Kent? Is Blue going to be held responsible for his actions? Were Leah’s parents ok? Will Leah and Musir’s relationship continue?
Maybe there will be a sequel to answer all of my questions! :)
I really enjoyed the story as it took me on a journey of survival and love with some very interesting characters. Trisha Haddad is a talented author who is able to paint a vivid picture of the characters and their environment. I am sure you will enjoy reading it.
Leah is a regular girl, if not a little bit of a recluse,(I find her normal, because I hide away to read all the time too!) forced to take a cruise with her family. Where she runs into a dark mysterious stranger. He is silent, and doesn't seem much for talking, even when she introduces herself. He emanates wild emotions and causes the same kind of reaction from Leah.
When Musir (the hot, mysterious stranger) tries to warn everyone that there is danger, his tongue gets tied. (Since his first language is Arabic) he cant relay the message in time.
All heck breaks loose, during which Musir is able to toss Leah into a lifeboat, followed by himself. But once they are on the boat and away from danger, they face a new threat. Hunger, Thirst, and the other strangers that were rescues from the ship as they rowed away. Each of the people on the little life raft has a secret, something to hide. There's enough tension to keep you on your toes.
Blue, "the translator", Musir, "The dark mysterious God", Leah, "the recluse and book worm", And Kent, "the perv" I loved all the characters, even the less huggable ones. :)
The forced adventure takes many twists and turns along the way. A definite recommend. Especially for people who enjoyed Lord of the Flies, or other similar books. A quick and very enjoyable read. Only took a couple hours to devour. And if you don't have the time, FIND SOME!
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