Author: Shalanda Stanley
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Knopf Books For Young Readers (September 8, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
"A literary knockout with the loudest of beating hearts."
John Corey Whaley, Printz Award winner of Where Things Come Back
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.
Shalanda Stanley’s breathtaking debut novel explores the deep ties between legacy, loyalty, and love, even as it asks the question: How far would you go to save a friend?
Drowning is Inevitable is a heart breaking, beautifully told story about four people coming to terms with growing older, finding their places in life, dealing with family problems, and loving for the first time.
Beautifully detailed and worded, this is the type of story that sticks with you long after you have read the pages and put the book down.
Stanley's debut novel is one that will worm its way into your heart and your mind forever. With memorable characters that feel for all intent and purpose real. Like flesh and blood as their story unfolds heart breaking page after heartbreaking page until you are so spent you don't know whether to smile at the new beginnings or be saddened at the endings.
Devastating, fantastic, and emotionally draining, this truly was a masterpiece all its own and one I am so thankful I took the journey with.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*