Drowning Instinct | book review

13627985Title: Drowning Instinct
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication Date: February 2012
Rating: 4.5 stars

Upon finishing this book, the only thing I could think of was: wow.

Drowning Instinct is about a girl named Jenna who has been through a lot. Her mother is a drunk, her father is a raging psycho, and the two of them together is a total mess. After so many hardships in her life, she resorts to cutting herself to deal with the pain. However, when her secret comes out, she is institutionalized.

Finally, after being released, Jenna is forced to start at a new school, where she meets the one and only, Mr. Mitch Anderson – the perfect teacher. Mr. Anderson does everything possible to make Jenna feel welcome, going above and beyond to help her settle in. At first, she resists, running from him and keeping her distance. But something about him draws her in, and the more time they spend together, the more rules they start to break. But how far will Mitch and Jenna go? How far is too far?

So, I related to this book in more ways than I’d like to admit. In fact, I’m not going to go into details on how easily this story mirrored my own in some aspects. But I will say that this story gripped me and held on tight to my attention; I couldn’t put it down. The book begins in the aftermath of a terrible accident, and so I obviously was spurred on to figure out what the heck happened. The whole story is told by Jenna speaking into a tape recorder, sort of like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.

So, needless to say, I found this book to be exciting and wildly interesting. And the ending? Oh, wow, the ending…

Favorite Quote: “Everybody breaks sooner or later … Anyone can drown. Sometimes you see it. Most often, you
don’t”.

(read on July 10, 2014)

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