Learning Not to Drown

Learning Not to Drown By Anna Shinoda, Learning Not to Drown Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many There is a pecking order to every family Seventeen year ol
  • Title: Learning Not to Drown
  • Author: Anna Shinoda
  • ISBN: 9781416993933
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Learning Not to Drown By Anna Shinoda, Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.There is a pecking order to every family Seventeen year old Clare is the overprotected baby Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child and Luke is the oldest, the can t do wrong favorite To their mother, they are a normal, hapFamily secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.There is a pecking order to every family Seventeen year old Clare is the overprotected baby Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child and Luke is the oldest, the can t do wrong favorite To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster Clare the ambitious striver Peter the angry ticking time bomb and Luke a drug addicted convicted felon who has been in and out of jail for as long as Clare can remember and who has always been bailed out by their parents.Clare loves Luke, but life as his sister hasn t been easy And when he comes home again , she wants to believe this time will be different again Yet when the truths behind his arrests begin to surface, everything Clare knows is shaken to its core And then Luke is arrested Again.Except this time is different, because Clare s mom does the unthinkable on Luke s behalf, and Clare has to decide whether turning her back on family is a selfish act or the only way to keep from drowning along with them.
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    1. Anna Shinoda

      Anna Shinoda was raised in a mountain town so small it lacked a stoplight She used to escape into the high branches of trees to read and dream stories, out of reach from her own family skeleton Eventually, she climbed down with her debut novel, Learning Not to Drown.

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    1. Learning Not To Drown is a bit of a see saw book for me, we had ups and downs but my overall impression is a very favourable one.Clare is hard working, intelligent, diligent girl and is lucky enough to have a great bunch of friends However, her life and her family s life and reputation are stained by her jailbird brother He darts in and out of their life in the same way he flits in and out of prison This book is a very emotional read, far than I was expecting Clare has to make hard decisions ab [...]

    2. 1.5Themes and topics introduced had the potential to create a powerful, fascinating story, but the delivery slowly and with increasing force pushed me away, and I began to meh meh meh read, not caring much for anyone Themes such as idealization of another for our own needs, self identity versus familial identity, and anti social personality disorder drew my attention, but one draggy, dull scenes two, the choice to go all flippy floppy in time, back and forth from different points in the past to [...]

    3. We often hear the term career criminals We don t really have much compassion for them and just want to lock them up and throw away the key Some do some pretty horrendous crimes What we don t do is stop to think about the family they leave behind.That is exactly what this book is about Luke is a what they consider a career criminal He has been in and out of jail since he was a teenager His parents have always been on his side 100%, no matter what Luke has a younger brother and sister that are oft [...]

    4. This is a sad story about a family dealing with the actions of their eldest son namely the relationship between the son and the youngest daughter This explores the depths of unconditional love, the actions we overlook and the flow on effect of an individual s actions You can t help but be drawn into this family and every struggle will pull at your heartstrings.

    5. KlappentextClare liebt ihren Bruder Luke ber alles er ist ihr strahlender Held, mit dem sie Abenteuer erlebt, der ihr das Schwimmen beibringt und der sie besch tzt Seit ihrer Kindheit sitzt Luke jedoch immer wieder im Gef ngnis Als er nun nach vier Jahren fr hzeitig entlassen wird, hofft sie, dass er sich dieses Mal ge ndert hat Aber bald darauf wird Luke erneut verhaftet W hrend Clares Eltern versuchen, den sch nen Schein zu wahren, und Luke immer wieder mit offenen Armen empfangen, beginnt Cla [...]

    6. No Spoilers 4.5 starsMan, this book is an emotional roller coaster.This is the story of Clare Tovin A smart, kind, and pretty girl She has great friends, a great job as a life guard, and can get into pretty much any college she wants She s good Her home life however, is not good She has two older brothers Peter, the punk, and Luke, the lovable punk Luke however has a hard time staying out of jail Clare slowly discovers that her loving brother, may be not be the misunderstood guy she s always bel [...]

    7. What a very pleasant surprise this book was Well, not pleasant because of the story it told, because that was anything but But pleasant because I became very engrossed with it and enjoyed the reading of this one so, so much.This book hits on serious points It s no happy go lucky story all around, it s a very real, very blunt and merciless story of the upkeeping of appearances at all costs, the delusional world people pretend to live and and of those who fail to keep track of all of this The main [...]

    8. This is a gritty, emotional raw, debut that doesn t hold back on the demons that plague families from behind closed doors I ve read a few gritty novels, and really enjoyed them Going into this one, I was hoping for the same out come, but sadly realized this book wasn t one for me However, I appreciate what the author was trying to do, and the fact that she didn t shy away from the troubles that some teens deal with, within their own families.This book is not an easy read It s a dark read that do [...]

    9. I think this might be the first book in a long time that made me VERY frustrated Don t get me wrong, I do like the book, the family is just driving me crazy I actually had to stop reading just so I could write some things down Thoughts before I finished Clare s mom is totally delusional I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to scream at her while reading this bookI mean really, What is wrong with this woman You have three kids, not just one It s like she has an on and off switch that is flip [...]

    10. This book deserves all the stars I can give I m speechless The main character s journey was SO heartbreaking Clare had to face many difficult decisions and she handled all of them pretty well I m so proud of her character growth I can t stop thinking about this book and I don t think I will be able to in the near future.

    11. I loved this book An emotional subject, but I felt like it was healing in some ways too Hope she writes so many books

    12. Actual Rating 3.5 out of 5 Stars Received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Learning Not to Drown is an excellent depiction of the struggle of dealing with family member and loved ones involved in in criminal activity, or with addiction issues It s realistic but definitely mild enough to be considered young adult, and not too depressing either Let s get the bad stuff over with I didn t exactly enjoy reading from Clare s perspective She was extremely whiny, and spent half of her tim [...]

    13. This book intrigued me from the moment I looked at the cover Refreshing and unique, Shinoda tells this story through the eyes of Clare in present tense We are introduced to Clare s version of events in THEN and NOW time frames, the chapters alternating back and forth between the two This swinging between time helps the reader piece together the murky parts of Clare s childhood into a clear picture of the present.I was particularly impressed with Shinoda s creativity as the symbolism in this book [...]

    14. Clare has lived in the shadow of her older brother, Luke, her whole life Since she was 7, Luke has been in and out of prison Her mother has always told her the reason for his incarcerations is simply that Luke has been at the wrong place at the wrong time So, of course, Clare believes that whatever is happening with Luke isn t his fault How wrong she is I loved the way first time novelist, Anna Shinoda, told this story She begins with a frightening, attention grabbing chapter that describes alth [...]

    15. This is one of those books where I can appreciate what the author was trying to do, but I m not sure I was the right audience for it LEARNING TO BREATHE is a dark, disturbing tale from Anna Shinoda about one girl s struggle to realize that her family isn t what she thinks That everything she knows is a lie and yes, they are teetering on the edge of full blown disaster It s that book you know can t go anywhere but downhill and there won t be a happy ending.But still, I entered into this book hope [...]

    16. 3.5 really.It s slow to get into and the main character comes across as quite whiny, although it is understandable when we are introduced to her family.It s a story of how somebody who adores her brother so much, who has been sheltered from her brother s true nature, who refuses to let her families skeletons out of the closet, has the truth of it all coming crashing down around her.I wish there was focus on some of the minor storylines, like Clare getting to know of Chris s story and teaching [...]

    17. You never know what to expect from the debut novels, also I had a very high hopes for a very first book of Anna Shinoda When you re following someone s creative path and could see how much energy and love, time, thoughts and herself author put in her book it s hard to stay distant Nevertheless I don t feel like my reaction was prejudiced The book is absolutely brilliant.I always hope for some kind of magic when you re loosing the feeling of time and place and totally drown to the book With Learn [...]

    18. This should be required reading for any young adult dealing with family addiction issues The portrayal of family dynamics is so honest and raw There were things I saw happening the bank account for one but was shocked and surprised by how they played out It was unexpected who the thief ended up being You will root for clare You will hate the parents by the end of the story You will be so proud of the growth and strength of Clare If you have had an addict in your family you will feel moments of d [...]

    19. I am in love with this book When I started it, I didn t quite know what to expect But the characters that Shinoda creates are heart breaking It is such a fascinating journey to travel on to see Clare go on from seeing her oldest brother as a shining perfect brother who gets into trouble from being at the wrong place at the wrong time to what he really is at the end Her growth as an adolescent and adult really solidify at the end with her decisions and actions I feel like I can t do justice to th [...]

    20. Probably 3.5 but I m a fan of rounding up Interesting look at how addiction and crime can affect the family as a whole While I don t think it was necessarily the most compelling of stories, I did appreciate the light it shed on the enabling behaviors of family members of a person battling addiction committing repeated crimes Incorporating a Skeleton as a character to act as the family s skeleton was an intriguing idea However, most of the other characters outside of the immediate family proved t [...]

    21. Wow, what a incredible story about learning to fully embrace your skeletons, remembering and cherishing the good things but ultimately moving forward and putting your future and needs first I love this book, it s so honest and deals with a topic that a lot of people can relate to Heart breaking but it still makes you hope for better things to come I am so happy for the main character Clare She s a strong character I can t say enough good things about this book Please, please pick it up There is [...]

    22. From the first page to the last I was completely intrigued I absolutely loved the main character Clare She was such a strong individual for someone who harbored so many raw emotions Her mother on the other hand, really upset me It was frustrating to read how she treated Clare It s like she was punishing the wrong child In the end I was happy with the choices Clare made for herself It s time that she focus on what she wants, pursue her hopes and dreams.

    23. ABSOLUTELY ASTONISHING This book, wow The realness The way everything was put together I enjoyed every single page of this book.

    24. Quick Thought This book could be educational Leaning not to drown is a necessity is it not I think I ll enjoy the lesson

    25. Every family has at least one skeleton in the closet For seventeen year old Clare, their skeleton is almost too much for her to bear Her brother, Luke, the oldest, is a convicted drug addict who has spent most of his lifetime in and out of jail Their mother has always adored her first born child, bailing him out of jail each time Clare has another brother, Peter, the rebellious second born child, but Clare has always had a special connection to her brother Luke All she s ever hoped for was for L [...]

    26. Anna ShinodaLoved this book I have been waiting for this book from Mrs Anna Shinodasince she announced 10 years ago that she was going to publish her own books.She did not disappoint I loved this book All her hardwork and dedication to releasing this book showed This book was well worth the wait Anna hit subjects in real life that a lot ofus had or have dealt with one time or another whether it be in our own lives orlife around us.Even though this book is marked as a Young Adult book, thisbook c [...]

    27. This was my first read of the new year, and holy moly was it a good one I originally took an interest in it because of one of Anna s blog posts, in which she wrote about her experience dealing with her brother, who is also convicted of several crimes The honest understanding of Clare s circumstances is extremely evident in the book I find that when authors write from experience rather than purely imagination, their stories feel much real and easy to relate to While I have never had to deal with [...]

    28. Meet Clare Tovin She s an ambitious, smart seventeen year old with great friends and a bright future ahead of her However, as the younger sister of a convicted felon who has been in and out of jail, it s extremely hard to lead a normal life and maintain her good reputation It doesn t help that her mother is extremely overprotective and that her second brother, Peter, is annoyingly rebellious.But when Luke is let out of prison yet again, he promises that things will change this time His mother re [...]

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