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The Last True Poets of the Sea

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The Larkin family isn't just lucky—they persevere. At least that's what Violet and her younger brother, Sam, were always told. When the Lyric sank off the coast of Maine, their great-great-great-grandmother didn't drown like the rest of the passengers. No, Fidelia swam to shore, fell in love, and founded Lyric, Maine, the town Violet and Sam returned to every summer.

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Disney-Hyperion
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
I ship this f/f retelling of Twelfth Night with my bookshelf I think they'd look good together
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I'm gonna sound so cheesy, but this book rooted itself into my heart and I will never, ever let it go. From the friendships to the sibling bonds to the queerness, this was just everything I've ever wanted in a book and more. It’s set in a small seaside town in Maine and was like a mix of Summer of Salt, Wild Blue Wonder, and everything Ashley Herring Blake has ever written and I JUST LOVED IT SO MUCH AND MY HEART IS SO FUCKING FULL. Brb while I go pre-order my brother a copy and cry bc FEELINGS ...more
Madeline Miller
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book--beautiful, smart, witty, with a deeply thoughtful heart. And inspired by Twelfth Night! Love it.
May 12, 2019 marked it as arcs-to-read

Many thanks to Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Aug 03, 2019 marked it as arcs-physical
releases: 01 Oct 2019 ← This is a sapphic retelling of Twelfth Night. Also Madeline Miller loved it. Personally I think all Twelfth Night retellings should and must deal with gender confusion and I see absolutely no evidence this one does. However. the fucking gay rights of it all
Thank you, Disney Book Group!
You are too sweet to me.

I am so excited to get to this.
You had me at, Sea.

This book is freaking stunning in the most swallow-you-whole kind of way. In comp terms, I'd say it's The Weight of the Stars meets How to Make a Wish, so you know it's got complicated family, gorgeous Sapphic romance, deep secrets, a brilliant mind's obsession, a well-drawn coastal setting, grieving themes, and found family on lock, and it also weaves in backstory in all these surprising little glimpses. So good.
Ashley Blake
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, lgbtqiap
Absolutely perfect.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
I received an ARC through my job as a librarian

Okay, so I'm floored. This is a slow paced contemporary where nothing much happens plot wise. That sentence sounds like my own personal hell if I'm being honest. But the author came with some solid ass writing, strong characters, a bit of family mystery and lots of family drama. The star, strength and focus of this book is the characters. In addition, there is some wonderful queer rep. Our main character (Violet) identifies as bisexual. One of the
Amy Imogene Reads
Jul 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
Ahh! ARC received. Can't wait to read the novel that Madeline Miller calls "profound and page-turning."

Thank you to Disney Book Group via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this lyrical play on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night about a lost girl researching a shipwreck to find herself. After Violet's brother tries to commit suicide, the former party girl shaves her head and heads to a summer in Maine with her uncle. She's soon caught in a compelling love triangle with dreamboat Orion and historian Liv, and unearths a mystery about the founder of the town, Violet's own shipwrecked ancestor.
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tough book to read, yet I finished it within a day. Very funny (laughed out loud a lot), yet painful. I had to take a few breaks to catch my breath, if I hadn't there would have been tears. But I absolutely loved it.
Sharyn Berg
If you’re a fan of teen sex, (granted, it’s not graphic, but it happens) teen same-sex relationships, suicide attempts, teen drug use, and under age drinking, all with no real consequences, then you may like this book. I’m not a fan of promoting these things as glamorous or normal among teens, nor am I a fan of planting seeds in young minds, so I would not recommend this as a YA book. The writing was fine, and kept my interest, but I just think that our young people should be reading more positi ...more
May 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anticipated-2019
help i need this book its wlw and inspired by twelfth night, what more could i want
Jun 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-releases
Jun 29, 2019 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF unfortunately. I tried so many times to get into this book and I just cant. I don’t know exactly why, the writing is fine and the characters are good I just feel like this is taking forever to get going. I was really excited because so many people said this was a stunning and meaningful book and I’m sure that it is, but I feel like I would be pushing through it to see and I really don’t want to do that for a book I’m not really enjoying. I feel so bad about this but I’ve gone back about thre ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: The Last True Poets Of The Sea
Author: Julia Drake
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Fiction
Rating out of 5 Stars: 3.5

Trigger warnings: Attempted Suicide, Underage Drinking, Underage Drug Use, Underage Sex (teen-not terribly graphic but it is there.)

The Last True Poets of the Sea is first and fore-most a story of self-discovery, self-healing and family. With nods to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Drake spins a tale of learning that though life can be hard, it’s still worth explorin
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Violet is an out-of-control NYC teen who is shipped off to her mother’s hometown in coastal Maine after her younger brother attempts suicide and her parents try to get a handle on both of their children’s problems. While living with her uncle, Violet is forced to volunteer at the aquarium in town. While there, she makes friends with some of the local teens and begins to research her family’s origins, with help from her new friends Orion and Liv. Supposedly her great-great-grandmother survived a ...more
Sarah Levine
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book about grief and healing and the power of connection. Lyrical prose and gorgeously developed relationships. Unexpectedly romantic in the best way. This book reminded me of the power sibling relationships have in our lives, how healing is a continuous process, a choice you make everyday of your life, and that no one can get better or move forward alone. We should all remember to reach out when we feel like we’re floundering in the deep.

Sometimes we need something to remind us to
Tara Weiss
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you start a book with a quote from Adrienne Rich, you've already got me hooked. This wasn't an easy read because there were heavy discussions and metaphors that pushed you into the deep end of the pool. It was complex and it took a while to get used to Violet's life choices because she's a unique narrator. It is a good coming out story that takes the subject seriously enough without being the only topic covered. Family drama, discovery, adventure . . . it was leveled so that you could read th ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spectacular, remarkable, anguish-filled, yet breathtakingly beautiful book. I loved absolutely every bit of it, from the intertwined plots to the tangled relationships. I loved the settings and the weirdness of the specificity of the locales. And what an ensemble of a cast. I mean, damn!!! So gloriously wrought that I feel them next to as I read. Goddamn this book is good. Really. Freaking. Good. 🤓💜📚
Abbie Donoghue
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this at BEA/BookCon. This book is FANTASTIC. Julia Drake weaves together an incredible story with whip smart and voicey prose. I can't wait to buy it for all of the teens in my life. Here's to swimming up.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Disney-Hyperion Hachette Book Group for a digital ARC of this book.

This was a let down for me. I was so excited about a story about an adventure, a shipwreck, a neat little Maine town and friendship. This turned out to be mainly focused on the love story instead of the adventure and shipwreck. Which I found to be incredibly disappointing. The only character I could relate to was poor Orion! I would have liked to see more emphasis on the adventure, the aquarium, the history and the
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yabc-reviews
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THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA is a beautiful coming-of-age story. After her brother attempts suicide, he is sent to an in-patient treatment in Vermont and Violet is sent to Lyric, Maine, a town founded by their ancestors where her uncle owns a bakery and where she spent summer vacations growing up. Violet has decided that she needs big changes- she is determined to cast-off her party girl ways and disappear, shaving off all her h
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Based loosely on Twelfth Night by Shakespeare, The Last True Poets of the Sea is a beautiful blend of family hardship, what is means to be a friend, how we are more than the "family name and legacy," and mental health wellness. Violet is sent to her uncle Toby's house in Lyric, Maine for the summer after she can't turn off the "romance channel," even while at the hospital visiting her brother who attempted suicide. Sam, meanwhile, has been sent to get better at a treatment center in Vermont.

Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Twelfth Night is such a great story, and Julia Drake is someone who I will definitely be following as she (hopefully) releases more books. I liked this one, but ultimately I didn't love it.

I liked:
- The witty/odd sense of humor throughout the book. It reminded me a lot of Ariel Kaplan's writing.
- The bi-representation and the character development of the love interests. I honestly couldn't decide who I wanted Viola to be with more, and where this book could have easily devolved into love triangl
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, suicide attempt of a family member

Violet is on the page bisexual. There's also a SC who is gay and another who is questioning their sexuality.

The Last True Poets of the Sea is one of those books where I knew I would love it before opening. A sapphic Twelfth Night inspired book?! But what I didn't expect was how swept away I would be by this
Beth Mendelsohn
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
I received this ARC at BEA 2019 from Disney Book Group.

There is a LOT going on in this book. New York City girl, Violet, age 16, is sent to live with her uncle in the ancestral family house in Lyric, Maine. The town is named after the shipwreck in which her great-great-great-grandmother was the sole survivor. Violet has a lot of issues: she drinks, smokes weed, has indiscriminate sex with males and females. Prior to leaving for Maine, her younger brother attempted suicide and is at a rehab facil
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance reader's copy!

Violet is a f*ck-up. At least she thinks so. While her brother's been losing a battle to depression, Violet's been partying it up in every way she can in NYC. When her brother takes a turn for the worst and Violet's sent out to Lyric, a small town in Maine, to stay with her uncle Toby, it feels like banishment.

Violet swears off love, shaves her head (calling it at prophylactic) and grudgingly starts working at a local aquariu
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! There were things I enjoyed like the whitty dialogue and some of the characters like the uncle and new friends she made. There were things I didn’t care for-I felt like the Broadway thing came up of nowhere and then became a big part of her comparisons and her life (it needed woven in better from the beginning). I thought her romantic feelings were unclear and then all of a sudden full force as if that’s who she liked all along. I also didn’t get the my ...more
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