September 24, 2015

Book Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next DoorMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Rating: /5

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It’s been more than a week since I finished this book yet I haven’t got any clue what I should put on my review. It’s always hard to write a review days after you read the book. I’ve been there before. Every time it happened, I’d just reread the book so I could repeat the feelings I had from reading it. Thus I could write an accurate review about it. But when the book is the one you thought you’d love but ended up disappointing? Imagine the frustration I felt when I had to sit down in front of my screen to type something about it.
This is what happened between me and My Life Next Door. Rereading it was definitely not an option since I remembered just how close I was to throw this book into the fire at some points while reading… So here I am, counting solely on my memory to jot down the reasons I abandoned this book un-reviewed for days (and also for the non-existent need to reread it).

I’ll just start from the beginning (means: here's the synopsis of the book).
My Life Next Door started with a scene of Samantha Reed along with her sister and their mom watching a new family moved in to the house next door. Sam’s mother already had a ‘bad feeling’ about the family who turned out exactly like she imagined. Very unlike hers, the Garrets were picture perfect of big, boisterous, messy family Sam’s mother loathed so much. Having a bad experience with someone from that typical family, her mother totally forbids both Sam and her sister to build any relationship with them. In which, of course, brought Sam to a much deeper level of curiosity that was leading to daily observations she’d been doing to them through her window for years. Sam watched the family like drama series she enjoyed every day. Over years, she learned which kids had which names; she even learned a glimpse of their habits from their activities at home. A family of two parents with eight kids was apparently something fascinating as Sam learned that even though the house was definitely a total mess every day, it seemed much more comfortable to live in it than in her own big house. It seemed much warmer. Much more alive.
When one day someone from the Garrets decided to cross the invisible bridge between both houses and climbed up to Sam’s make-shift observatory, she welcomed him with a mixed-feeling: anxious, in-awe, scared, and most certainly… more curiosity. The summer that was originally supposed to be boring and lonely became so much more when Sam literally ‘built’ a new life next door. Jase Garrets introduced her to the life that had been just something she was only able to see from afar. For the first time, Sam could find real companies that sincerely enjoyed her present than her own family.
Though it’s hard and felt so wrong in so many levels, Sam tried hard to put the two worlds separated. But when something happened between both families, Sam had to make a tough decision whether to crawl back to her safe zone or to stand still on the other side of the road. What should she choose, though, when the family she was born into was the one that could put a black cover over the truth and the family everyone resented was the one that made her feels truly belong?

First of all, I have to say that My Life Next Door was a little too disappointing for me. Maybe I had to put a full blame on myself since I was the one who set a really high expectation for this one, what with a very cutesy cover that seems so inviting and implying a delectable romance story inside. And more, so many people put a deep liking to this book making me even more excited. Turned out, you can’t expect too much from something without having a high risk of disappointed coming from it.

I pretty enjoyed the first half of the book. My Life Next Door really had potential and I could see it in the beginning. A story between two people from very different families colliding under the name of love was always a beautiful romance to enjoy. And the fact that this is a YA made me curious how the teenage-love in this book would be played out. Jase’s character was adorable from the start. It’s impossible to not love him. He’s just too forgiving, too kind, too much perfectness in one body, both inside out. While Sam was this girl with a perfect family but always felt like missing something in her life. The appearance of Jase painted a new color in Sam’s dull life. I loved it so much whenever they’re together. Jase was so mature and he brought a maturity out of Sam too. It’s not that Sam was a childish or difficult girl. Sam was simply plain in the beginning. Being with Jase, Sam became so much better as she showed that she’s the kind of rich girl with a golden heart. I loved to see how she enjoyed being with Jase’s unique family. Really, I did think that they’re just perfect for each other. But, there’s a lacking I noticed in their romance. While it might be unfair to call their romance as insta-love, it just felt like that to me. Sam might be ‘watching’ him for years and knew one or two things about him besides his amazing body but wasn’t it takes a real interaction between two people before you could really call it a romance? That’s what I thought, and Sam and Jase didn’t have that until they were literally staring at each other with stars in their eyes just ten chapters after they first met (the book was fifty-chapters long, anyway, so imagine how fast things had been going between them).

I was indifferent to Sam’s character at first, but she became interesting the more time she spent with Jase, seeing how funny Sam could be around the Garrets kids and how she sincerely loved their family. Then twist after twist started to come barreling in to her way and … there come out her truest personality. Samantha Reed, the girl who used to be swayed in a perfectly easy life where her only issues were her perfectionist mom and some girly problems with school, best friend, and boys. So when she was slammed with a real twist of real life, she had no idea what to do. She frustrated me a bit there, but I put up with her because that’s exactly how a girl like her would react in that kind of circumstance. I actually liked that Sam was not entirely a flawless girl but a girl who was good and bad, both. Meanwhile, Jase remained lovely till the end. He was the too-good-to-be-true who adopted some prince charming-like attitudes. Of course, I loved him because who doesn’t, really?

I just loved the dynamic of Jase’s family so much. The kids, especially George and Patsy made me want to kidnap them and pour them with my sincerest love every single day. The people in Jase’s world were all unique and charming in their own way while the people in Sam’s world were the total opposites. Her back-stabbing ‘best-friend’ and her amazing Senator mom with her politic-enthusiast boyfriend were enough characters to make me want to throw the book all the way to the moon and back, repeatedly. Clay Tucker (Senator Reed’s *cue vomit* boyfriend) was the biggest FLAW in this potentially great read. I don’t understand why the author felt the need to include so much of their moments together. And since the book was told in Sam’s perspective, I guess my question should be: why Sam could even bear watching them together for that long? AND don’t even get me started with Nan, Sam’s best-friend slash the back-stabber. Nan’s personality didn’t make sense at all. And the reason of their fight was ridiculous. Apparently she’s not the best friend Sam thought she had all along; apparently she’s been holding grudge toward Sam for no particular reasons other than her own jealousy about what Sam had that she had not and just waiting for the right moment to throw it out to Sam’s face. What a sweet friend you kid!
Meanwhile, Tim, Nan’s twin-brother who I’d been ignored and even a bit loathed at the beginning turned out to be someone who saved the day. Or maybe not exactly like that, but he did become someone who you’d totally love in the end. I liked it whenever a side-character played a role that makes them more. Unfortunately that Sam’s sister didn’t get a chance to play one as well.

Even though there were just so many things that make me dislike this book, and though the second half of the book did feel like the story was going nowhere, I liked the essential lesson being implied in this book.
That not everyone you do wrong in life expects you to apologize a hundred times and demand you to pay for their losses no matter what it takes. Sometimes all they want is just for you to take a step back and see how they fix every ruined thing on their own. So you could realize just how far deep your action affected their life. So you would think twice before you do the same mistake again to any other people in the future.

The author didn’t actually provide a conclusive ending. So many issues had not resolved at last and though many people would think differently about it, the ending did bother me. I am a firm believer of John Lennon’s saying: “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end”. And it’s definitely not the end of My Life Next Door for me because it’s not okay. I won’t tell you what’s not okay, though.

It upset me that I didn’t really enjoy this book and that there’s no sequel whatsoever for Jase and Samantha. I’d wanted to read this for so long but now that I have, I couldn’t find what I’d been looking for eventually… *sigh*
Well, guess it’s time to move on then.

Love, read, and review,
Cynthia D.

September 21, 2015

Book Review: Something Beautiful (Beautiful #3) by Jamie McGuire

Something Beautiful (Beautiful, #3)Something Beautiful by Jamie McGuire

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I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Or with Jamie.
The graphic of me loving Jamie’s books slowly but steadily went downhill since Beautiful Redemption. Well, Trenton’s story, Beautiful Oblivion, was not exactly my best favorite as well but it was much more bearable than the following Maddox brothers’ books. So when Jamie announced that there would be a novella of Shepley and America, I was hoping that it would bring back a good time I had with Beautiful Disaster.

Something Beautiful started sweetly after such a long time we finally got a chance to see how Shepley first met America. Then it rolled down quickly as we were served with a series of Shepley and America’s moments from time to time. Reading about this couple did bring up good memories of how kind and patient Shepley was and how stubborn-in-head yet soft-in-heart America was. This couple actually completed each other much better than Travis and Abby who both were basically as hard-headed as each other. I loved every moment Shep and Mare had together. Even though Mare wasn’t my favorite type of heroine but I loved how Shep adored her so much from the very first time. During BD we knew that Shep and Mare fought several times and even broke up once but we never really knew that they actually had their own issues within their relationship. In this book, we got to see the truth from both Shep and Mare’s perspectives.

What’s sad was this novella that should’ve been all about Shepley and America (or so Jamie said) ended up losing its actual focus. We got to read about their first encounter, yes. We got to ride along the up and down of their relationship, yes. We got to know deeper about their feelings to each other, yes. But they all were in too little portions.

I know that Jamie always tried to draw a string between each book on both Beautiful series and Maddox Brothers series so the series could have this strong connection with each other. But it was overly done every time. She would always be too focused on threading the stories by putting too much detail from the previous books than focusing on the current storyline itself. Eventually, she would be repeating the threadbare issue―a.k.a. Travis’s drama―on each book, like she did on BO, BR, and BS. I think it’s enough to do it on Maddox Brothers series, but she had to do it again in Beautiful series novella. She had to steal a portion in an-already-short-story of Shep and Mare to be filled up with Travis’s drama and even his romance with Abby. I love Travis and Abby, really I do, but if Jamie kept slipping their story on literally EVERY book she writes then I think I have enough with this series.

Besides my issue with the shortness of Shep and Mare’s actual story on the book (and I’m not even talking about the length of the book), I pretty enjoyed the flow of Shep and Mare relationship shown in this book. How they went through a missed-communication issue where Shep was too patient/worried with things while Mare was too speculative, then there’s an involvement of a tragedy that made them realize sometimes you have to be quick in reading the sign of love coming to your way and grab it right away before it becomes too late. Even though it had similar vibes with BD’s ending I loved it anyway. I even cried a bit. Woman.

After that final twist, Shepley was jet-propelled to the top list of my favorite book-boyfriend from Jamie McGuire’s books. So imagined how disappointed I was when Jamie didn’t even provide a decent character wrap-up for him. Again, she had to focus more on Travis and Abby for the ending scene.

Something Beautiful might not come out as I expected it would be but I’m glad that at least there’s a book of Shepley and America after all. Hopefully Jamie would write another novella of them that is free from another miscellaneous detail (and couple). Hopefully she wouldn’t put too much story of The Couple on the last Maddox Brothers book as well ;)

Love, read, and review,
Cynthia D.

September 8, 2015

(Netgalley) ARC Review: Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak

Burn GirlBurn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak
Rating: /5

*I received digital ARC of this book from Albert Whitman & Company through Netgalley*

Pub. Date: September 1st, 2015

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At first, I was a little worried that this book would be that kind of dark read that would take me into a dreadful state. I’m glad that it’s more like a sad read than depressing. In fact, it wasn’t entirely sad because the story actually emanates a feeling of hopeful for those who read it. Or at least that’s what the author initially wanted to relay through this story.

Burn Girl tells a story about Arlie, a flawed girl with sixteen years of dark memories trying to live a ‘normal’ life for the first time. The opening scene was Arlie narrating a story when she found her mom’s lifeless body in their motel room. By the indifference in Arlie’s tone, we could see how her mother’s death only affected her very little than it was supposed to be. Arlie had been a tough girl her entire life, being a hardly-ever-sober meth addict’s daughter. She had to take a random job at such a young age to support their lives while at the same time taking care of her mother every time she went high. When her mother decided to live a nomadic life in Durango by moving from one motel to another trying to dodge the chase of an ex-husband, Arlie left school for good. She often thought of running away but at some points she would eventually come back. Living with her addict mom was no different than having no mom; none of them is a better choice than each other. So it was a little weird for her to feel sad when the person who’s dead is the very person who always gives her a hard time. All she felt was this hollowness of not knowing what to do and where to go after years of hiding from the world.

The last great thing happened to Arlie was from five years ago when she met a quirky girl over the motel’s dumpster. Meeting Mo, a girl who declared herself as a friend on their first encounter was the first step that made Arlie feels like a normal sixteen years old girl. Mo had not been only loyal but she introduced her to a life a teenage girl supposed to have. It didn’t take long before Arlie and Mo became a solid best friend. I am touched by the friendship they built over years. Mo is everything Arlie isn’t. But that’s where a strong friendship usually comes from. The author creates Mo’s character so lovable. Her character is a perfect picture of best friend a girl could ever have. I think she might be the most selfless side-character I ever read. It was lucky of Arlie that among all of the chaos she still had Mo, the last string that made everything bearable for her.

Arlie was sure now that her mother had died, she would eventually end up in a foster home knowing that she might be the last person in their barely existing family tree. But when someone named Frank from Texas claimed he was Arlie’s mom’s brother, she realized that maybe, just maybe, her life would be all different now.

With companies of a weird yet kind-hearted uncle she never knew about, a best-friend who never left and a boy who could never saw the world yet able to help her see one, Arlie had to face a brand new chapter of her life as a normal girl with a normal life. It might sound easy but when the ghost from her past kept haunting her every step, Arlie realized that sometimes it takes more than just a self-bravery to fight your demon. Sometimes, you have to let others in so you can all fight them together ‘till the end.

Even though Arlie’s literally the ‘victim’ here, it’s kind of hard for me to really connect with her. She kept getting on my nerves all the time. I understand the wary feeling Arlie constantly felt toward the ‘new life’ she was about to face considering how happiness seemed so far away from her reach for years. I want it so bad to sympathize with her circumstance. But she made it difficult by keep shutting out people who truly cared for her. She constantly pushed people away because she believed that everything was just a camouflage that would disappear from her sight at some point. Moreover when she tried to be all tough and brave, for me it just came out as reckless and very irresponsible of her. Truthfully, I liked her character much better when her mother was still alive. The Arlie ‘before’ was so mature and reliable. Reading the memories of her past, I felt so much ache for little Arlie for having to deal with ugly things her mom always did then how growing up she became this strong girl practically taking responsibility for them both. It’s just sad that the Arlie ‘after’ became kind of frustrating with her I-don’t-deserve-everyone personality.

The romance she had with Cody was really sweet. Though some people might see an irony of the pair (with Cody was blind that he couldn’t see the ugly burn scar in Arlie’s face), I like to think that they made a beautiful couple with their flaws. Cody who could never see anything in life showed Arlie that sometimes the beauty of something doesn’t always need to be seen through the eyes. Sometimes when you just close your eyes and let the other senses to work, that’s when the beauty feels even more intense. The progress of their relationship might be considered fast but I loved it alright. I just wished though that there’s a deeper background story of Cody’s character and their very first encounter.

Mo and Frank easily become my favorite characters in Burn Girl. While friendship with Mo is something to envy about, Frank offers a beautiful uncle-niece relationship to Arlie. For a man his age, Frank is really patient with Arlie’s difficult personality. I love him so much for trying so hard to give everything his sister could never give to Arlie. He showed so much effort to give his best even when Arlie least expected him to.

Even though Arlie made a lot of stupid decisions throughout the story, I liked that there was a scene that made her character somehow stand out a bit in the end. It was a little dramatic but I loved the message implied within the scene that after all Arlie was just simply a sixteen years old with a rough past; that every mistake was solely driven by her one-sided love for the mother who had disappointed her all her life. In the end, I’m glad that she finally realized her self-worth―thanks to the people who never stopped reminding her of it.

This book had a quite predictable plot and a really slow pace but I pretty enjoyed it. The amazing side-characters made the book much more interesting than its actual simple storyline. Burn Girl offers a story of a scarred girl trying to find a place in her new life while dealing with the shadow of the dark past that keeps following her everywhere.

Arlie’s story teaches us that the ugly past isn’t something you need to eliminate completely from your mind but it could be the foundation of our future strength; something to remind us that we were once survived from such breakdown and we could always do it again when we need to.

Love, read, and review,
Cynthia D.

September 5, 2015

Book Review: Until Friday Night (Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines

Until Friday Night (The Field Party, #1)Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
Rating: /5

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Finding out one of my favorite romance authors releasing a new series made me so, so excited. I’ve read all twenty-one books of her from both Sea Breeze and Rosemary Beach series and fell in love with most of them. So I didn’t even hesitate to pick this starter book of the Field Party series, expecting a beautiful story to enjoy.

Had read a lot from Abbi Glines, I always know what to expect from her books: main characters with baggage, insecure heroine, possessive boyfriend, and a bunch of hot guys on a tight circle of friendship. You can pretty much find all of these things on her every book―or at least on both series that I’ve read and I find out that that might be what got me into her books on the first place. How she creates two flawed characters to meet and fall in love with each other, how she proves the old ‘love-will-conquer-all’ saying through the romances, how such insecure and weak heroine could eventually turn into a kick-ass girl making their alpha-male boyfriends become more laid-back, and how heartwarming the friendship the characters have; all of these are the reasons I always come back for her books no matter how cliché the romance. You know, the romance in which two people with issues meet then fall in love, throw in some twists, a little push-and-pull scenes also, and voila!... love is in the air as they make up. I’m not being sarcastic here because in fact, I like that. Hell, I love that because Abbi seems to always know what topic of issues to combine with that typical romance. For example, Sea Breeze series brings up various topics making me feels a different shade of feelings all over again every time I open each book.

But I felt different with Until Friday Night.
Or at least, I wanted to feel different with this book.

Until Friday Night picked up a theme of football as part of Field Party series. Our heroine is a 17-years old girl (with baggage) named Maggie. Lost both parents in a tragic accident, Maggie decided to shut herself from the world by staying quiet. Living that way for two years, Maggie felt it works just fine for her. Nobody could demand her for telling what had happened that one terrible night. Though Maggie had to fend for herself with the constant nightmares coming to her every night, staying silent did limit some of the trigger of her panic attack. Everything would be just fine or so she thought. Until a boy―a hot gorgeous boy with issue on his own―came around and brought down the only defense she got against the scary world. West was one of the football players from Lawton High. The popular and cocky boy seemed like having an amazing life when he actually hid something behind the happy façade as he counted down the remaining days of his dad in the world. To his surprise, what started as one little mistake became so much more as he depended more and more of the silent girl to keep him strong.

The first few chapters got me hooked instantly. It didn’t surprise me since all of her books that I’ve read did exactly that to me every single time. I’d prepared myself to smile, laugh, cry, and be mad along with the characters as I always did. I even did a bit of everything at first, I did smile; a bit teary-eyed; and I was only on chapter five. What I didn’t expect was for me to feel this ‘uhh’ feeling repeatedly throughout the story. I kept waiting for some damn-let-me-marry-this-book scenes for nothing. My excitement died somewhere past 30% mark when things got more and more… cliché.

Maggie’s insecurity was something that I focused on intensely. I loved it when Abbi slowly turned her into this stronger girl though Maggie’s way to help West was a little dramatic and nonsensical to my opinion. West, in the other side, was an eye-candy in the beginning that slowly became such an… (sorry) eye-sore. His possessiveness was just a big no. I mean, if his character is put to Abbi’s NA characters like Rush or Cage (lol, these buddies are my fave, anyway) then it would be a total turn-on. But this is a 17 years old high-school boy we’re talking about. Isn’t it a little too early for him to go alpha-male on his classmate? And not to forget, the way he treats girls other than Maggie. Oh boy, I prefer my YA book-boyfriend to be a little ‘tame’, I guess…

Until Friday Night became more like Abbi Glines’ previous books each page. The romance plot and the delineation of the characters, all of that was just too similar in this book. I said before that I don’t mind with this similarity before. I do, really I do. But Field Party is a new series and a YA. I wanted a fresh idea of story, a fresh characters, a fresh everything. I read so many YA these past several months and most of them brought up a fresh topic or just old topics mixed together in a fresh serving. Until Friday Night is a good read but I think it’s not Abbi’s best one from this series.

Even though this book swerved a little from my expectation, I still enjoyed the writing style that was Abbi Glines’s. Until Friday Night might not be my favorite but I like to believe that the next book on the series would be much better. Gunner’s story is next, I guess? Well, I’d like to read a more gripping story of his then.

Love, read, and review,
Cynthia D.

September 1, 2015

(Netgalley) ARC Review: Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley

Drowning Is InevitableDrowning Is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley
Rating: /5

*I received digital ARC of this book from Random House Children's through Netgalley*

Pub. Date: September 8th, 2015

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A heart-breaking story of a girl who tries to find herself in between reality and illusion, memories and projections, .... life and death. 

I have a complicated feeling about this book. At first, I was really excited to start reading this. Then halfway through the book, I found the story was too dark and the characters were too morbid to my liking. In the end, it felt like I just read a really gripping story of a confused girl trying to find her true self among layers of tragic memories, negative-judgments, and non-existence parental guidance. And when I re-read my highlights once again before writing down this review, I just realized how sad yet beautiful this book was.
This is the thing about reviewing a book: you could end up falling in love with the book you think you dislike after reading it. It’s only one of so many reasons I love reviewing books.

Drowning is Inevitable starts when Olivia, the narrator slash the female lead, began telling a story about what truly happened to her and her best-friend for life, Jamie Benton. The paragraph is written in a way that you could assume that Olivia was addressing it to someone particular. This what I think is a riveting start and is also what makes me believe what I would read more later wouldn’t be so pretty. And it is.

The majority of this book consists of Olivia’s depressing description of her deceased-mother’s―Lillian’s―past life and how it affected her life ever since it happened, with people’s scrutiny of whether she would end up remain eighteen forever like her mom. ‘Seeing’ it from Olivia’s perspective is much more depressing than the story itself because at seventeen Olivia had this morbid thought that following Lillian’s habit would somehow lead her to the biggest mystery in her life. A mystery of why her mom walked into the Mississippi river and never came back―all she did when Olivia was still three-years old, all she did on her eighteenth birthday. I know it’s just really sad that Olivia thinks and acts like that considering her very unsupportive environment (father who’s drowning in his own grief and couldn’t own up his responsibility as a parent; grandmother who takes care of her well―as Lillian) but I felt that it’s just difficult to relate to her. When Olivia was in ‘Lillian’ mode, she tended to do reckless things that only made her friends worried and people’s judgment worsened. I tried to understand her―really, but sometimes it’s hard to truly understand someone’s mindset when you never experienced what they have. Even until I went through halfway of the book, I still couldn’t figure out where I stand about her character. It’s a good thing Shalanda Stanley gradually and steadily directed us to understand where her characters actually come from.

When something awful happened to Jamie’s family, Olivia decided to keep their childhood promise made on Fidelity Street―where every promise was taken very seriously by people in St. Francisville. Along with Maggie, their other best friend, and Max, Olivia’s on-and-off again boyfriend, Olivia took Jamie away from their small town on a trip to anywhere people couldn’t find them. She was aware that what they did was totally illegal but leaving Jamie alone to deal with things on his own felt more illegal than anything forbidden in the world. So began their journey of finding safe haven where happiness was possible and actually existed for them. Olivia’s friendship with Jamie is eerily beautiful and strange. From Olivia’s description of Jamie, we could see how much Jamie meant to her. It’s actually such an interesting part to go into but it’s just unfortunate that we could only ‘see’ this portrayal of friendship from Olivia’s perspective. Majority things we knew about Jamie we got them from Olivia’s narration instead of an actual scene of him. It somehow made it looks like their friendship was unbalance to Olivia’s side. It’s as if Olivia was obsessed too much about Jamie rather than they both felt an equal amount of chemistry to each other. I guess I could say that Jamie’s character was a little too shallow especially when the book tried to include a topic of friendship involving him. What’s funny is I could actually feel more with Maggie and Max than with Jamie. It’s strange because Maggie and Max are only side characters who naturally are supposed to be easily forgotten.

It’s when Olivia was on this escapade with her friends where she found the answer of every question she had ever since forever. Olivia’s character was more reachable when she finally meets someone who could really tell her about Lillian. I guess getting a shade of light on such long-directionless search opened her eyes wide to the reality. As Olivia learned the truth and realized what she should’ve been doing all along, it became much easier to connect with her character.

Reading this book, I felt these series of frustrating feelings: dreaded, disturbed, and sad. The latter I felt somewhere near the ending because during the three-fourth of the book I was too focused on its dark and heavy situation that it’s so hard to feel sad or even shed a tear.

The ending was my best favorite part of the story. For the first time since I picked this book up, I felt like I could release the breath that I didn’t realize I’d been holding. I was anxious about how the author would end it but I’m so thankful that she managed to wrap it up very well for such a complex issue.

Drowning is Inevitable is a story about a girl who’s supposed to fight her demon but ended up fighting her best friend’s instead. It tells about a kind of friendship that could make someone have no fear doing their worst and the best because to be a friend is to give your all. But it also tells you that being a best friend isn’t about blindly doing everything for them but knowing exactly the right things to do for them. Because sometimes to be a friend is not about giving your all. Because sometimes to be a friend is about to give and to receive as well. And most importantly, whether you’ll lose yourself or find yourself through that friendship you build.

With a smooth and lyrical writing style, Drowning is Inevitable is a read that suits tastes of readers who enjoy heart-rending story of one’s journey to find herself among complexities.

Love, read, and review,
Cynthia D.