Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

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Synopsis

There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.)



Jenna Lord's first sixteen years were not exactly a fairy tale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Iraq. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire.



There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and everyone cries for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.)



Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain...magnetism.



And there are stories where it's hard to be sure who's a prince and who's a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.)



Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds—and the rules.
 

About Ilsa J. Bick

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Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, film scholar, former Air Force major, and now a full-time author. Her critically acclaimed, award-winning YA novels include Draw the Dark, Drowning Instinct, and Ashes (a 2011 VOYA Perfect Ten). Ilsa currently lives in rural Wisconsin, near a Hebrew cemetery. One thing she loves about the neighbors: they're very quiet and only come around for sugar once in a blue moon. Visit her online at www.ilsajbick.com or adr3nalin3.blogspot.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Carolrhoda Lab TM. 352 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Readers will easily unravel the tired, central plot twist, but they may be confused when Jenna morphs abruptly, without explanation, from a teenager under surveillance—lacking cell phone, driver’s license, privacy—into a free spirit enjoying all of the above.

Jan 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Drowning Instinct

Examiner

Bick is one of those stories that when you finish the last page, you close the book and think about it for a bit, and then you open the book and read the first pages again so you really understand what is happening at the beginning.

Jan 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Drowning Instinct

The Bookbag

It’s also not a graphic book – you know what the couple are up to, but you don’t get the, erm, ins and outs, or, erm again, blow by blow account.

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Birmingham Public Library

Like Draw the Dark, the story is a bit drawn out and slow at points but that's really the only nominally negative thing I can say about Drowning Instinct and Ilsa's writing in general.

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