Monday, March 31, 2014

Two for...umm Monday...The One & Only and Left Drowning

**No pictures...blogger is being weird...again**

Left Drowning by Jessica Park

My love affair with Jessica Park started with her YA book, Flat-Out Love (if you haven't read it yet, go now...right now).  She has now earned a spot on my must read author list with her latest book, Left Drowning.  This is definitely NOT a young adult book (read:  lots and lots of naughty bits), and no, the naughty bits are not the reason I love her books *cough*.  She makes you fall in love with her characters, each and every one.  Christopher and Blythe are very, very,  swoon worthy, but it's all the secondary characters that make the book worth reading.  I think Sabin needs his own spin-off...just saying.

Book Description via AMAZON

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.

The One & Only by Emily Giffin

This is hard, I rarely write negative book reviews, and I love Emily Giffin, I do, but this book was hard to love or even like, really.  First, there is *way* too much college football.  I am not a football hater, I can sit down and enjoy the game with the best of them, but in a book with 416 pages, it got to be too much.  Also, without spoiling too much, there is a vague ickiness to the storyline.  I just couldn't get past it.  I would love to talk to someone else about this book, to see if it's me (quite possible) or if this just missed the mark.

P.S. I received an ARC...the book comes out May 20.

Book Description via AMAZON

In her eagerly awaited new novel, beloved New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.

Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

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