Title: Drowning is Inevitable
Author: Shalanda Stanley
Genre: Contemporary, death, romance, YA fiction
Publisher: Random House Children’s (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Pages: 288 pages
Publication Date: 8th September 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Hi there friends,
This was a definitely different book to what I normally read. I hope my review reflects this and the strange world Olivia lives in…
I received a free copy of this book by the book’s publishers in exchange for an honest review – thank you!
Olivia is 17 years old and is haunted by the ghost of her late mother, Lillian. In the small, close-knit Fidelity Street, her mother’s ghost follows her everywhere with even her grandmother calling her Lillian. The only friend who reminds her grandmother of her real name is her best friend and next door neighbour Jamie. Jamie’s family are no longer the family they used to be. Olivia is swept into a world of chaos after one slip up, but can she avoid falling into the shadow of Lillian and become her own person…
Stanley’s prose is brillant and desriptive language makes this a pleasure to read. However, the entire setup of the book is somewhat morbid. The relationships between characters is executed perfectly but the struggles, particularly of Olivia and Jamie, are rather depressing to read. The ending of the book also let this down for me personally, but all in all it was an enjoyable read.
If you would like to obtain a copy of the book, you can do so from a variety of sources including: Amazon UK and Barnes and Noble. Please don’t restrict yourself to only these options, there are lots of brilliant local bookshops that rely on your custom so please support your local booksellers.
Anna 🙂 x