The Art of Drowning
“Can I kiss you again?” he asked. I couldn’t believe he asked that.
“Wow! No! First, you have a girlfriend. Second, your girlfriend wants me dead.”
I looked at him like he had three heads.
He signaled and pulled onto the road.
The Art of Drowning is an important, moving novel as much about illness as about growing up. With characters as dynamic as any real-world teens, you might find yourself rooting for unexpected outcomes. This book offers compassionate insight that will linger with you long after you turn the final page. Wild has pulled off an impressive feat—a story that manages to feel both timely and timeless.
Erica Wright, author Famous in Cedarville
I was given an advance release copy in exchange for an honest review. Let me just say, this book is intense, thought-provoking, and heart wrenching. It was one of those books I didn’t want to put down, but I had to in order to digest and think about what I had read. Wild not only takes you inside the world of eating disorders and post-concussion syndrome, but also portrays in a raw, realistic manner so much of what teens in general are dealing with. Some of the characters were absolutely despicable until the motivation for their actions was eventually revealed, and it really made me think long and hard about real-life teens in my own world.
Leta Hawk, author of Kyrie Carter: Supernatural Sleuth (series)
I've been reading it nonstop. I honestly don't know what to say other than I loved it. I don't have anorexia but I do suffer from anxiety and panic attacks and I felt... seen by a lot of what Larkin was thinking and feeling. I was crying by the end. It's just such a good book that makes me feel heard. Usually, I can't get into books that aren't fantasy but I think I needed this, reading something about someone struggling just living their life. It's a strong message that I think will reach a lot of people. I've read characters with this level of anxiety but none of them really captured how it affects your life and consumes what you do like this book does.
Teen Reader (advanced review copy provided)