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The Last True Poets of the Sea

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  108 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
Published 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 rated it really liked it

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

[10/01/2019] - DNF at pg. 127. I am temporarily DNF-ing this. When the audio comes out, I'll try that and see if it snags my attention more than the physical copy. I chose to rate this four stars because I want to convey that this book is not bad. I'm just not feeling it right now. I'll try again later.


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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
Amy Imogene Reads
This was, without a doubt, one of the most amazing YA contemporaries that I have ever read.

Writing: ★★★★★
Humor: ★★★★★
Heartstrings: ★★★★★

The Last True Poets of the Sea hit me hard, knocked me out, and left me in the dust of its emotional magnificence. Like the coastal Maine, aquatic version of Jandy Nelson's The Sky is Everywhere, I couldn't stop the feelings. Talk about an unputdownable one-day read.

Violet Larkin grew up in a family of shipwrecks. Her great-great grandmother Fidelia was the sol
This is such a lovely, and rather hard-hitting, story (and from a debut no less!) that it feels a little strange to not rave about it and slap it with a high rating. But while there was so much good, so much of it moving, some of it also left me a little unmoved, too.

I became a bad sister and a bad daughter in an hour; an exile in just under two. By comparison, the Titanic sunk in two hours, forty minutes. Pretty impressive, to have sunk to the bottom even faster than the twentieth century's gre
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: lgbtqiap, young-adult
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
Sep 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
Sounds like this is going to destroy my entire soul, and honestly? Bring it on 😈

(also, I heard this compared to Summer of Salt and Wild Blue Wonder, two books I absolutely ADORED, so, like... where is my copy??? Ya girl needs one)
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
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3.5 Stars

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake is an interesting retelling of Twelfth Night. There are strong themes of family and friendship in the story. However, there is more focus on romance in the novel than I would have preferred.

It has been a while since I have read Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, but the connections that Drake makes in The Last True Poets of the Sea are intriguing. The characters are loosely similar, and the plot line of Viola (Violet
Anna Luce
Oct 05, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
DNF 10%

Reasons I did not finish this book:

1) Slut shaming ahoy!

2) Eyeliner, shorts, and long hair: bad. No makeup, dad's jeans, big shirts, shaved head: good.

3) Our protagonist is one TALL girl, so yes, a lot of tallgirlproblems (*ahem* not like other girls)

4) Her parents...? Laughably unbelievable.

5) Hot guy alert within pages of our character swearing off love
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.
Sep 27, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2019-releases
I received this as an ARC from NetGalley. I did not finish this book nor did I get very far into it before I abandoned it.

I found something very juvenile about the writing even though I know it is a YA novel. I also found the storyline jumped back and forth too much without any real context or depth to these backstories. It very much skimmed the surface of these events and could have dived deeper.

My ARC also had a random emoji representing a certain letter grouping in the middle of words which w
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
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
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
after my last, unsatisfied read, THIS was precisely what i needed. bi representation, summer love, family support??? perfection in its truest form.

it's one of those that every single sentence you read, you feel. her writing was a gentle breeze in your face, made me giddy, warm, happy all over; i cannot begin to count how many times i was screaming throughout the whole story.

the characters, each one a beautiful mess; violet, the protagonist whom i didn't understand at first. she, who became a dif
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
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
Paige Green
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Author: Julia Drake

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Main is bisexual, one of the female characters is straight but then goes into a F/F relationship

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 17+ (TW suicide mentioning and possible food control/anorexia/bullimia)

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Pages: 400

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Synopsis: The Larkin family isn't just lucky—they persevere. At
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
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
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. 🤓💜📚
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