Waiting on Wednesday: The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry KletterPublisher: Philomel Books

Author: Kerry Kletter

Release date: March 15, 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Cassie O’Malley has spent her whole life trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically. It’s been two-and-a-half years since her mother dumped Cassie in a mental institution against her will for something Cassie claims she didn’t do. Now, at eighteen, Cassie enrolls in college, ready to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own terms.

But as she struggles to find her way forward, the startling truths she uncovers about her own family narrative make it impossible to cut the tethers of a tumultuous past. And when the unhealthy mother-daughter relationship that defined Cassie’s childhood and adolescence threatens to pull her under once again, Cassie must decide: whose version of history is the truth? And more important, whose life must she save?

A bold, literary story about the fragile complexities of mothers and daughters and learning to love oneself, The First Time She Drowned reminds us that we must dive deep into our pasts if we are ever to move forward.

Why I’m excited: I’ll tell you why I’m excited. I’m excited because of Jeff Zentner’s (author of The Serpent King) review of The First Time She Drowned. You can read the whole review on Goodreads, but let me give you a snippet: “This is a gorgeous, sumptuously lyrical, luminous book. I read it like it was a fire and I’d just been pulled from a frozen lake. It’s a feast for lovers of language. The descriptions in it made me feel like I was experiencing the world for the first time.” He also says you have never read a YA book like this one. I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK, YOU GUYS. NEEEEEED. Plus, look at that cover!!

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