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Left Drowning

(Left Drowning #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  24,334 ratings  ·  2,683 reviews
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 Chri
Paperback, 399 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Skyscape
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Sharan The book is for 17+ because it has some very graphic sex scenes, and a lot of very vulgar language and sex talk. Hope that makes sense. Think of it as…moreThe book is for 17+ because it has some very graphic sex scenes, and a lot of very vulgar language and sex talk. Hope that makes sense. Think of it as a strong R rated movie. Soft porn for sure. (less)
Lisa Dode Lawrence Not really. Mostly is written in Blythe's point of view. If I remember right, I think Chris' point of view is written in a part or two when his past i…moreNot really. Mostly is written in Blythe's point of view. If I remember right, I think Chris' point of view is written in a part or two when his past is delved into.(less)

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Aestas Book Blog
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

This book was magic! A well crafted story that built slowly and quietly in intensity. Jessica Park's writing is beautifully detailed and painfully honest. Left Drowning sneaks up on you. One moment you're fine, the next moment you can barely breathe.

I was emotionally invested in this story right from the book's dedication. I'm going to share it with you here because it's just so beautiful and truly sets the tone for the entire story:

"This book is for everyone who has survived. You are not b
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!!!

5 Beyond Incredible Stars!!!

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Emotional, beautiful, stunning, shocking, amazing. I am at a loss for words. I have been an avid reader most of my life. All through elementary, middle school, high school, college etc I have been reading several books a week. It’s not a new thing for me. I’m sure in the span of my twenty seven years I have read thousands of books. Maybe a dozen of those books have effected me the way this book did. I wish I could put it into words how I felt while reading this,
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Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*3 Stars*

Left Drowning is a touching, evocative tale that centers on a fate destined to be fulfilled. It heartbreakingly and heartwarmingly takes us on an emotional journey where life-altering friendships are formed, and painful but beautiful truths are uncovered.

If I'm being honest, I didn't enjoy this story as much as I thought I would, which pains me to admit because I loved Flat Out Love straight down to my toes. Jessica Park's writing is unique and displays such an ease and sophistication.
Stephanie *Eff your feelings*
This is one of the worst books I've ever read.


I'm not kidding.


I decided to get this book as a part of Kindle Unlimited. To be fair, this is not my normal read, but it was one of the most popular downloads, I checked it's ratings on goodreads, it had a shit ton of ratings averaging 4.25 and I've read a lot of wonderful books classified as YA, so I said to myself "What the hell." But soon I was asking myself "What the hell??"

Here, enjoy a nugget of shittasitic prose....

“At least
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one! Utterly beautiful, heartbreaking at times, emotional, angsty love story. With some serious steamy moments as a bonus and wonderful secondary characters. Highly recommend this one!
Jun 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
What a beautiful story!!
Left Drowning is an emotionally heart wrenching novel about the adverse effects of tragedy on the human spirit..
Reading about two broken hard but I loved that!
It was so intense and beautifully written!


"I can't look at myself because I cannot stomach looking at a girl who has so little hope left,who is inexcusably weak.I'm humiliated by my own inability to do better."

The story starts with Blythe,who is at a point in her life where she is "left drowning".She
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
From the synopsis we hear that Blythe is struggling with her parents death and is trying to get back on track. When the book starts with her falling into her dorm room drunk I thought this novel was going to start out a little on the dark side. We have our lead being a hot mess, then something sweet would happen, and then after several shenanigans she would snap out of it... This is not the case for Left Drowning.

Blythe is a mess for all of, I don't know, two chapters. When she sobers u
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Farah by: *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

I loved this book!
This is so beautifully written...

Blythe.. A girl so alone, Drowning in depression. What is her life? Nothing...

"What I find interesting, at least from a human-interest standpoint, is that while I am painfully aware of my feelings and symptoms, I’m unable to shake them and move forward. I am stagnant, I guess. Which makes sense given that stagnant is sort of just a synonym for depressed ."

She's lost everything which mattered and its her fault? That's what she thinks.

Now 4 year
Jennifer Kyle
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cry-baby-books


Jessica Park brilliantly wrote this novel and had me from the first couple of pages. I’m still wrapping my mind around the complete story, it was truly an experience. The writing was fantastic, the cast of characters were truly unique and the story… was so heartbreaking and uplifting that a full 5 Star rating and a standing ovation is warranted!

I don’t think I’ll give a full description in this review but I’ll say that Sabin, Eric, Estelle and Christopher Shepard were absolutely fantastic. They
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
Wonderful! 5 Stars!!

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Ok so if you know me, you know I HATE running in books. It is played out and usually the same boring thing about how she loves running blah blah blah. The running actually worked well in this book and I loved how it was incorporated into the story!! So for this book:
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So this book starts with Blythe who is drunk and drowning in her sorrows. Her parents are dead and her brother hates her. She is falling and can't deal with life in general.

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She meets Sabin a spunky
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-e-book

Left Drowning started off harmlessly enough and then ripped through ALL of my emotions, bringing me to soaring heights only to crash me down to earth shattering lows!! Jessica Park thankfully left me on a blissful high. Ms. Park, you have done a number on me, and I’m still recovering from the roller coaster ride my heart and mind rode!!

When we first meet Blythe, she’s not putting her best foot forward. She’s coming home, after some college party, in a drunken stupor and barely makes it into
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Anna by: Christy
5 together we kick heartbreak's ass ~ stars !!!


What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Blythe has mastered the art of melancholy. She has a deep sadness in her. She is drowning in her loss and grief. It has been 4 years since the tragedy and she is still lost.

Chris has scars of his past also and he is non-committal. But the heart wants what the heart wants....sometimes you don't stand a chance against FATE.

He is the past, the presen
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-books

I have star confusion with this book. I loved the writing style but the story didn't do it for me. I'm trying to decide between 3 or 4 stars. I wanted to love this book. In fact in the Spring when I first heard about this book I had predicted this was going to be my EPIC summer read.


Everyone seems to love this book and finds it EPIC. Ms. Park has an amazing writing ability that I admire and by no means should you judge your decision to read this book off of my review.

115th book of 2013
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
1 Star

Really good sex ≠ a cure for mental illness

This book follows Blythe, who is still reeling from the loss of her parents. She spends her nights getting drunk and numbly moving through existence. In the first chapter she says:

“So continues my endless search for physical feeling, sensation. Anything.

She spends her days not wanting to get out of bed to so much as wash her hair, spending hours after hours mourning, and continuing to drink almost every night.

“Not that I would classify m
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing


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This book was simply deep, ugly crying, and breathtakingly emotional. I was a utter and total wreck. Bought all my emotions out for good and even horrible reasons. I was so pulled into this story emotionally and mentally it felt like my own heart was breaking, it was ripped out, stamped out, stabbed a few times and tossed in the trash.

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My first book of Jessica Park and it's blew me away!! This author is def one of my favourites.
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ★'s

Blythe has never recovered from a traumatic event that killed her parents and permanently injured her brother four years ago. She carries all the guilt on her shoulders and she can barely keep her head above water. That is, until the day she meets two of the Shepherd brothers, each affecting her in ways she could never imagine, and allowing her to breathe once again.

To start off, I'd just like to say that I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book. First, the title is a bit daunting and eve
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
After this paragraph, this is a super-spoiling recap review. Sorry about that. I entirely agree with the New York Times critic A.O. Scott about genre stories and knowing the ending in advance. If a contemporary erotic late young adult novel is your type of book, you’ll like it no matter how much you hear from me ahead of reading it. As for me, the more frustrated I get while reading a book, the more I feel like telling you what crazy things happen in the story. Today I'm also in a life lesson mo ...more
Tessa Teevan
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites, reviewed
When we first meet Blythe McGuire, she's not living, she's barely existing at a small college in Wisconsin. Still grieving over the loss of her parents in a tragic fire four years ago, she shuts everyone out, spending her time going to class and drinking her nights away. She has an estranged relationship with her brother as she believes he blames her for the loss of their parents, so she is, on all accounts, alone.

Enter the Shepherd family. Y'all, if there's ever a fictional family that I want
Aug 04, 2013 added it
5 stars for an unbelievably beautiful story!

This was my first Jessica Park book and I cannot believe how much I loved it! This story was so much more than just a book; It was a heart breaking journey of family, love, guilt, healing.

Meet Blythe McGuire. 4 years ago, she experiences a tragedy that took away her loved ones, and since then she's been just a shell of the person she once was. She hasn't been living her life, she's just been surviving through it.

She pushes away everyone and lives a lo
Jacqueline's Reads
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 4-star-books
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4.5 fully submerged Stars!

Left Drowning not only has a beautiful, title and cover, but an emotionally gripping story of intense love.

Left Drowning is nothing like Jessica Park’s last book I’ve read Flat-out Love and it just amazes me! Sure, the title Left Drowning is a little depressing, but I seriously thought I was going into something light and fluffy and boy was I in for a shock! BUT A GOOD SHOCK Oh Left Drowning is very steamy … yeah I know
Initial reaction: This book had a lot of caveats to it with respect to elements that I think could've been presented better and fleshed out. I really didn't like the heroine much - whereas the surrounding cast of characters were a little more tolerable, and the fact that the ending came full circle bumped this up to a higher rating than I was initially going to give it.

This is probably going to be a solid 2.5 to 3 stars, depending on how I sort through how to explain what this novel did well and
5+ Stars!

"This book is for everyone who has survived. You are not broken. You can love and be loved, despite what may feel like the eternally brutal nature of the world. Even when you're drowning and so far under, there is always time to reach for someone who will teach you how to breathe again." -Jessica Park

Park has the ability to create perfectly imperfect characters. They will tug on your heart strings and drown you with their sorrows. She gives true meaning to beautifully broken. Th
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love

Damn, this book had my emotions all over the place. Jessica Park can tell a a way that sucks you in. You become invested in all of the characters. You feel what they feel--you experience their pain and suffering and sadness...and their happiness and love.

Chris and Blythe. Two people Left Drowning in their own pain. Two people forever connected yet leading separate lives. A chance encounter that unknowingly saves them both. A tragedy that brings them togeth
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Sea urchins stars!

I was a fan of Jessica Park since I’ve read “Flat-Out Love” and I started this book knowing that I would probably like it. But this was a surprise. It was a completely different story than what I was expecting and I didn’t liked it… I pretty much loved it! ;)


Blythe is broken by her parent’s death. She only has her brother left but their relationship is strained. She bears fears, guilt and sadness that no one understands. She is lonely because she can’t even be herself lon
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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What happens when a broken girl meets a broken boy?.......

......What's happens when piecing the fragments of your past together means you inadvertently break apart someone else's?.......

..and what happens when you are drowning but the person trying to save you is drowning to?.....

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A mind blowing five star read. A tender, erotic, heart breaking love story about fate, hope, friendship and forgiveness. A story about accepting our pasts and moving forward, about let
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing

There are so many books out there with the ‘broken souls coming together’ premise, but there are only a few of those books that made me feel as much as this one did! Just… wow!

When we first meet Blythe she is a complete mess. Drinking heavily and a virtual recluse, she cannot cope with the loss of her parents four years ago, and the trauma that she endured as a part of that. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure I was going to like her at the ve
Tough Critic Book Reviews
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it

If two vaginas could mate; I'd probably just go ahead and have Jessica Park's babies...

Jessica Park knows a lot, but the one thing that she knows better than anyone else is dialogue. It's what made me absolutely fall in love with her in Flat-Out-Love (hence the vagina mating). She's random in a way that makes perfect sense, and she makes me laugh...a lot!

Her fingers form dialogue better than any mouth I'ver heard, and her fingers pleasure better than any mouth I've ever experienced. Wai
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
3.5 Stars

I love Jessica Park; I really do. That's why I wanted to read this when it released. However, this wasn't one of those couldn't-put-it-down type book like Flat-Out Love was. It took awhile for the story to get going. I wanted to stop on numerous occasions, but my curiosity got the best of me and so I kept going. I had a feeling the Hero and heroine were connected somehow. As the story unfolded, I formed some of my own theories and in all actually, when everything was all said and done,
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