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Left Drowning

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Really racy romance with explicit sex and not much else.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Very inappropriate content.

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Well, this isn't full of subtlety or complex characters; readers won't even get a real sense of Blythe, the protagonist, or why everyone seem to think she's so special. Chris' siblings -- including drama geek Sabin, tough-talking Jesus freak Estelle and her sweet gay twin, Eric -- come across as especially two-dimensional.

In the end, this is a book full of descriptive sex scenes, dramatic fights and revelations, and philosophical talk about fate vs. chance -- all held together by some pretty over-the-top plotting. (Because of their pasts, both Blythe and Chris are wealthy, so this drama often takes place in hotel suites or huge houses overlooking water). Really, really mature readers who like racy romances might appreciate that this book does include a positive message: With love and support (and in some cases, therapy), the characters learn to have happy lives despite awful, tragic pasts.

Book Details

  • Author: Jessica Park
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Skyscape
  • Publication date: July 16, 2013
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Available on: Paperback, Kindle
  • Last updated: June 15, 2015

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