Drowning Is Inevitable.

Book: Drowning Is Inevitable.

Written By: Shalanda Stanley

Pages: 288.

Category: Children’s Fiction.
Teen & YA.

Publisher: Random House Children’s.
Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Release Date: September 8th, 2015.

Synopsis: Olivia has spent her whole life struggling to escape her dead mother’s shadow. But when her father can’t even look at her because Olivia reminds him of her mother, and her grandmother mistakenly calls her “Lillian,”  shaking a reputation she didn’t ask for is next to impossible. Olivia is used to leaning on her best friend, Jamie; her handsome but hot-tempered boyfriend, Max; and their wild-child friend, Maggie, for the reality check that her small Louisiana town can’t provide. But when a terrible fight between Jamie and his father turns deadly, all Olivia can think to do is grab her friends and run.

In a flash, Olivia, Jamie, Max, and Maggie become fugitives on the back roads of Louisiana. They’re headed to New Orleans, where they hope to find a solution to an unfixable problem. But with their faces displayed on all the news stations, their journey becomes a harrowing game of hide-and-seek from the police—and so-called allies, who just might be the real enemy.

My Thoughts: To be honest, when I started reading, I was bored during the first couple chapters, and I forgot what the book was about. It started off slow, but once I got pass the boring part, it was MUCH better! Unlike a lot of YA books, it wasn’t as predictable. I was actually/truly shocked by what happens in the end!

Drowning Is Inevitable was VERY heart wrenching! Of course, once again, I CRIED!! I couldn’t help it! What is wrong with me!? I keep choosing books that pull at my heart strings! Oh well it was worth it.

The best thing about the book, is Olivia and Jamie’s friendship. They would do/did do absolutely anything for each other. Most of the time in YA books, when a boy and a girl are best friends, one of them wants more out of the relationship, but not in this book. I’m very glad, because best friends in love can get old quickly! It was refreshing to see a boy and a girl be best friends without the mess.

The thing, actually the PERSON, I didn’t like was Max. He seemed too clingy. He didn’t take no for an answer. I guess in the end it was best that he didn’t listen to Olivia, because he turned out to be a real big help! I just didn’t like how jealous he was of Olivia and Jamie’s friendship. He was constantly trying to come in between them. He might have thought he was being slick, but no Sir, everyone noticed. In my opinion, Olivia didn’t really love Max. It was just easy to say she did because he loved her so much.

If you love a book packed with family drama, heartbreak, and adventure, this is the book for you. I gave it 4 Stars!




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