With strong writing and a compelling plot, Park tells a multifaceted story. While some of the plotting does border on contrived (such as how Blythe meets the new men in her life), it doesn’t take away from Left Drowning’s overall charm. This book contains strong language and sexual content.

It’s her senior year of college and Blythe is flailing — not failing, although academically she’s not about to win any awards. Ever since her parents died four years before in a fire, Blythe’s method of coping involves drinking and living a secluded life. It’s not until she meets Chris and his siblings, all students at Matthews College, that Blythe begins to really start living. And while they lift her out of the fog, Blythe starts to realize that they’re dealing with family issues themselves. (SKYSCAPE, Jul., 399 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9781477817155, PB, 18 & Up)

Reviewed by: 
Lauren Spielberg