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Clear Water by Amy Lane
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Read in September, 2011

Another sympathetic study of a young man struggling with mental illness. Amy Lane is carving out a niche with this type of story and she does it very well. Clear Water is less angsty than her other recent offering, A Solid Core Of Alpha, but its quirky and vulnerable lead character will definitely worm his way into your heart.

Patrick suffers from ADHD. He's trying to get his life back on track, has started taking his meds again and has re-enrolled in college. But neither his workaholic father nor his manipulative boyfriend are impressed with his new resolve. A shocking accident in the waterways throws him into the arms of biologist and activist Whiskey who takes the younger man under his wing.

Amy Lane has created some very eccentric characters in this book. Patrick is the one with the diagnosed mental illness but in fact everyone is a bit on the unusual side, including the crazy frogs and the skeevy houseboat. Whiskey is a perfect foil for the flighty Patrick. He's experienced, sensitive and patient and he's very attracted to his lithe and needy passenger.

There's a neat plot with threatened local wildlife, toxic river systems, bombs and drug dealers that contrasts well and adds a bit of action and movement to the emotional core of the book. Very enjoyable.
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