LEARNING NOT TO DROWN by Anna Shinoda (WoW #142)

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Learning Not to Drown

There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the-can’t-do wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family. And then there are the roles we give ourselves. Clare: the ambitious striver; Peter: the angry ticking time bomb; and Luke: a drug addicted, convicted felon who has been in and out of jail for as long as Clare can remember. To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster. Clare has long refused to believe her brother is truly bad…he dotes her, doesn’t he? But as Clare starts piecing together the truth about her brother’s stints in jail, it starts changing the way she thinks about him. It has also changes the way the community views the family. The only thing it hasn’t changed is the way their mother feels about Luke. Each time she welcomes him home with open arms and brushes off his crimes as “wrong place and wrong time,” Clare can feel a little piece of her happy home life being taken away. And when her mother does the unthinkable–takes Clare’s hard-earned college savings to post bail for Luke’s latest transgression–Clare has to decide if sticking up for herself and her future means selfishly turning her back on family…or if it’s the only way to keep herself from drowning along with them.

Debut novelist Anna Shinoda’s raw, gritty, powerful novel cuts right to the bone and brings to life the skeletons the lurk in the closet.

LEARNING NOT TO DROWN will be released April 1st 2014 from Simon & Schuster.

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    Jessica@a GREAT read

    June 12, 2013

    Interesting title! Haven't heard of this one, but I hope you enjoy it!

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    Natalie Natflixandbooks

    June 12, 2013

    This does sound really interesting. Where does the hospital come in though? That last line came out of nowhere. I'm always so drawn to water covers. Great pick!
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      Hafsah - IceyBooks

      June 12, 2013

      That would be my fault – I didn't remove the last bit from last week's WoW :P

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    Alyssa Susanna

    June 12, 2013

    Ooo, I hadn't heard of this one! You always have the coolest and most obscure WoW picks! This one is so far away! Almost a year! But I'll definitely picking it up if I can.

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    Kaitlin Snider

    June 12, 2013

    I know what the newest book on my Goodreads to-read list is . . . it sounds like a great book!

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    Christianna Marks

    June 12, 2013

    Whoa, this one sounds cool, but it's so far away!
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    June 12, 2013

    Great pick! This is the first that I've heard of this one though I really love the cover. :b

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian