Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda
Release Date: Apr. 2014
Place on Hold
Synopsis:Everyone has a few skeletons in the closet, but what happens when yours is up and walking around ? Following you everywhere you go, whispering in your ear, ever present. This is the life of Clare who in her small town is constantly reminded of her family’s Skelton, her older brother Luke and his criminal past. But no matter what Luke has done her parents will always put him first. Clare must learn to come to terms with her brother, her family skeletons and herself.
I loved this book. My favorite part was that the author portrayed her ” skeleton in the closet” as a skeleton that followed her around in her daily life. It really represented how her brothers actions affected and followed her. I liked the progression of the book and how until the end we were never quite sure what her brother had done. That added a lot to the story. It was like as she found out more about her brother she lost the innocence of loving him as her big brother and came to terms with the skeleton. I hated Clare’s mother with a passion. She was so strict and mean and cold to Clare when it was Luke that needed the tough love. She was stupid to believe Luke and continue to help him. I understand that parents love their children but after so many times of him ending up in jail she should have given him some tough love instead of taking it out in Clare. I think in her own way she was trying to prevent Clare from turning into Luke with all her rules but it was stupid and unfair to Clare. I really loved everything the author did with Luke, from his crimes to his manipulative personality, it was perfect. Even though Luke was the bad guy you couldn’t help but like him a little which was the whole point because it showed how her parents must have felt about him. The while book was just amazingly we’ll doe and I loved it. I would recommend this book.