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Review: Learning Not to Drown

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!
This morning, I’m back with a review of an unexpectedly enjoyable read, Learning Not to Drown. I had this book sitting and collecting dust on my shelf for years, and I’m so glad that I finally worked up the motivation to give it a read.
I hope you enjoy!! 


Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Pages: 352
Publication Date: April 2014
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read August 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.
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 oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.
To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster. 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—and who has always been bailed out by their parents.
Clare loves Luke, but life as his sister hasn’t been easy. And when he comes home (again), she wants to believe this time will be different (again). Yet when the truths behind his arrests begin to surface, everything Clare knows is shaken to its core. And then Luke is arrested. Again.
Except this time is different, because Clare’s mom does the unthinkable on Luke’s behalf, and Clare has to decide whether turning her back on family is a selfish act…or the only way to keep from drowning along with them.


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