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The Summer I Drowned

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  88 reviews
The past always resurfaces...

Five years after almost drowning, Olivia Cathart returns home to Caldwell Beach determined to face her fears and take some risks―not just by swimming, but by opening her heart. Hoping to rekindle her friendships, she’s excited about a carefree summer with her best friends Keely and Miles. But life in the sleepy town has changed, and no one and
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Wattpad Books (first published 2020)
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Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was born here. I almost died here. And in coming back, everything has change.


The Summer I Drowned may be sold and disguised as a YA thriller with a side of romance, but it's sure more than that.
It's a book about how ptsd changes your life and gets in the way of your relationship with friends and family.
Olivia isn't the best of characters, but I can tell she sounded almost too real to be just a fictional person. She was good, pretty and easily relatable, but at the same time her flaws
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***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE SUMMER I DROWNED by Taylor Hale in exchange for my honest review.***


Five years after Olivia almost drowned from risk taking behavior, she returns to see her old friends and face her fears only to encounter a series of crimes in her old home town.

The blurb is the best part of THE SUMMER I DROWNED. I had heard about Taylor Hale’s debut novel before finding it available on NetGalley and was excited to be approved for th
Rachel Finney
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

To say I'm disappointed is an understatement. The first 50% of this book was so promising, but I feel like the writing and plot took a huge nosedive at some point. I couldn't even read the last fifteen. I ONLY HAD FIFTEEN PAGES LEFT AND I COULDN'T DO IT.

I found the protagonist to be exhaust
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
*"When a summer of fun turns upside down,Olivia must figure out her paranoid imagination is playing tricks on her or she's being followed and by who"*

Well I guess I'm among the lucky few who read this in wattpad before it became a paid story.The story is kinda gripping from the beginning and won't let you keep it away even for a moment.This story revolves around a female protagonist "Olivia" who deals mental illness and sleep paralysis.This is a heart throbbing journey of her finding the truth b
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Wattpad Books for providing me with a copy of the Summer I Drowned, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!

It's been five years since Olivia left her home town, where she almost drowned.  Five years of therapy and the hope that returning to the place it happened might give her some closure. But when she arrives, her childhood friends seem to have changed so much more than she imagined, and she's worried she might have made a mistake. One of her best friends is drink
Louise Scholl
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome book! The story was great. The ending was shocking. The characters were terrific. A must read.
Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
The Summer I Drowned was a book about childhood friends and coming back to face your fears. Olivia leaves her hometown after she almost drowns and is traumatized and has PTSD. Five hears later she comes back to face her fear of the water and connect with friends. While staying with her friend Keely and her police chief dad, things start to happen and she isn't sure if they are real or imagined.

Her best friend from childhood, Miles, the boy everyone thought she would marry, is so excited to have
Virginia Winfield
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I did not want to put this book down. I needed to find out who was killing animals in this small resort town near New York and who was after Olivia years after she had moved away and then come back to try to work through what had happened to her 5 years before. No one seems the same. Everyone seems to have changed over the years. There are many twists and turns throughout. I received a copy of this book from Wattpad books for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Shannon Rochester
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I originally requested this book because I absolutely love the cover. I was really looking forward to it as it got closer and closer in my queue but I am sad to say that in this particular case, I was wrong when I judged a book by it's cover. Sometimes I hit my target and sometimes I miss. When I first checked out the reviews, I was shocked to see that so many people loved it...maybe it was just me. Bu
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a combination of thriller and romance. I don't feel the thrilled until the last parts. I didn't expect the twist. I mean.. I found out who is the bad guy when the accident happened.
Btw I feel bad for Miles phewww~ Olive didn't give him chance and what she thought about him make me don't like him. Damn!

Thank you Netgalley, publisher and author for The Summer I Drowned ARC!

Katelyn White
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story was incredibly well written. Writing crossover genres is difficult, especially when attempting to balance three in one. But with THE SUMMER I DROWNED, debut author Taylor Hale has brought readers a new kind of young adult to devour. One that bridges the gap between mystery, thriller, and a swoon worthy romance all wrapped into one. Reluctant readers who may be afraid to dip their toes into the waters of a genre outside of romance will find themselves wanting to figure out the mystery ...more
Tay Marley
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay I LOVED this book ! I’ve been a fan of Taylor’s since I read her book, Street Girl, on Wattpad. Her writing style is so serene and flows so well and it doesn’t matter what the book is, if she wrote it, I’m addicted. Her descriptions are mesmerising and her characters are relatable. She’s so talented !

Personally, I’m a fan of both romance and thriller, and to me, this book had the best combination of both! I thought it was so well done and absolutely perfect for someone like myself who appr
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc, thriller
I received this ARC free in exchange for my honest review.

I had a hard time putting The Summer I Drowned down. The pacing is very well done and while the characters are your standard YA tropes, the thrills kept me awake jumping at every creak and sigh. Y'all know it's not very many books that will do that to me anymore.

The book handles mental health issues sensitively without being brash. I don't think it necessarily needs a trigger warning for that but there is some brutality and gore.

Many (mos
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all, thank you so much to Wattpad Books for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I have read an earlier version of this book before, back when it was titled “Sea Glass”. I have to say the new title fits the story and it’s vibe better than the old one, and so the reader can know a little bit more of what to expect from the book.

The descriptions are really good, and inmersive. But when it came to dialogue, I think it could been better developed, with more length and depth
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4/5 Stars

Before we get started, I just wanted to say thank you to Netgalley, Taylor Hale, and Wattpad Books for the ARC (advance reader copy)! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.

Trigger Warnings
At the beginning of the book, there’s a trigger warning. I wanted to go over that first to, well, warn you of possible triggers within the book. Possible triggers include “death, drowning, PTSD, suicidal ideation, paranoia, ment
Kirsty Bookworm86
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review for 'The Summer I Drowned ' by Taylor Hale

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for WattPad books and Penguin publishers.

Preorder this book ready for release on the 23rd July.

This is the first book that I have read by this author. I would happily read more books by this author.

I always read the reviews of books just before I'm about to read them just to gage other people's interests. I have now decided this is a bad idea. After I read a few negative reviews on this book I was actually not lo
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Summer I Drowned by Taylor Hale is a young adult book that I really enjoy. Olivia returned to Caldwell Beach five years after she almost drown. After years of therapy, Olivia wants to face her fears. Olivia doesn't know what real and what is not. Someone in town is mutilating animals, and they might be after her. This book kept me reading from the minute I started it. I will be reading more books by this author. I really liked this book, and highly recommend it, if you enjoy young adult thri ...more
CW Knight
My second Wattpad book, and boy, it was a much better experience than the first. The Summer I Drowned, once known as Sea Glass in its original form, is a debut novel by Taylor Hale / solacing (her username) from Wattpad by Wattpad Books. It is a mixture tale of a girl returning to her home to face her ptsd-inducing past, flames of a childhood crush igniting, and a mystery/thriller that always has an edge of disbelief due to Olivia -- the mc’s -- ptsd-induced hallucinations.

I’m going to start wit
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book was intense from the first page, to the last. There isn't a moment or word wasted, everything adds up to something, it is all important.

I love the representation within this book, of mental health, teen pregnancy, alcoholism, ageism and stereotypes. There is something that everyone can relate to within the pages.

Olivia is such a unique character, her struggles are heart-wrenching, but it is so incredible to see her find herself, to see how she battles against her mind and slowly
*I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I'm giving this book 2 stars simply because it wasn't the worst book I've read in my life. But I didn't like it, and the only reason I finished it was because I wanted to follow through in providing my promised review.

I can't think of a single character in this entire book that I actually liked. Olivia and all of her "friends" were selfish, reckless morons. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of them
Chhavi Singh
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
review soon!
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, kindle
**i had the awesome(!!) opportunity to read an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

The Summer I Drowned is about 17 year old Olivia who, several years after nearly drowning, decides to return to her hometown where it happened to get over her fear of the ocean. However, the friends she had before the fall have changed, and so has she. Faced with recurring nightmares about the summer she drowned, and disturbing happenings in the place she once called home, Olivia str
Alison Morquecho
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
When I first saw this book, I loved the cover. It caught my attention right away. After reading the synopsis I knew that I had to request it.

We follow Olivia as she struggles with her PTSD from falling off a cliff into an ocean when she was 12. She almost died. After her fall, she and her family moved to NY to get away from Cadwell Beach and where she fell. Since being away she has dealt with a lot of trauma but sees a psychiatrist every week to help her. She has her moments of panic but she can
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing

**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I had never read a book by Taylor Hale before, but just from the description I knew I was going to like this book. I’m so glad The Summer I Drowned did not disappoint.

This story had a really unique storyline. While the main story followed Olivia and her coming back to her hometown to face a fear instilled in her years before from a tragic acc
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, young-adult
To read the full review on my blog, click here!

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review.

As those of you who know me in real life know, I have my very own story of the time I drowned. And that’s lowkey the reason I decided to request this book on Netgalley. Unlike for me who left the incident with just a fun story, Olivia’s drowning incident caused her a lifetime of trauma. So going into this book I expected a mystery lac
Katlyn Ulinski
ARC provided by Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

This book just wasn't what I thought it would be. I think it was more of a drama than a thriller, which just isn't a genre I typically care for. I appreciate the opportunity, but I just can't bring myself to finish a book I'm not enjoying.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs, x2020
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review

The Summer I Drowned started off so strong and I was enjoying it so much that for the first half of the book I thought this was going to be a 4 star read for sure. From what I've seen this was originally published on Wattpad under the title "Sea Glass" but as I never read the original version I can't really comment on how much this differs. The book tells the story of Olivia, a teenage girl who used t
Raathi Chota
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
When I read the blurb and started this book, I was expecting recovering and mending friendships—what I didn’t expect was the thrilling mystery adventure I’d be taken on. A distortion of reality versus make-believe.

The writing was fast-paced which made me fly through this book. However, it wasn’t the best writing. There were many phrases overused, and the dialogue felt like it should’ve been more original to its character. Even though it was fast-paced, it took a while to reach its rising tension
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary eARC of The Summer I Drowned by Taylor Hale in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.  Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this opportunity.

The Summer I Drowned by Taylor Hale is a young adult mystery thriller.  It is about a teenage girl named Olivia who is attempting to deal with her post-traumatic stress disorder from when she nearly drowned as a young teen.  Five years later she has returned to the place where it all happens.  I gave 
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Taylor Hale was born in Southwestern Ontario in 1994 and started writing online in 2007, eventually finding her way to Wattpad in 2015. When she isn't writing, she can be found bartending at a live music venue and thinking up her next idea.

Follow her on Twitter @taylorhwrites or Instagram @taylorrhale

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