The sound of drowning

Katherine Fleet

Book - 2019

"Meredith Hall has a secret. Every night, she takes the ferry to meet Ben--her best friend and first love--who she has a second chance with. Though their relationship must remain a secret, Mer's determined to make it work. She lost Ben once before and discovered the awful reality: she doesn't know how to be happy without him. Until Wyatt washes ashore--a brash new guy with a Texas twang and a personality bigger than his home state. He makes her feel reckless, excited, and alive in... ways that cut through her perpetual gloom. The deeper they delve into each other's pasts, the more Wyatt's charms become impossible to ignore. But a storm is brewing in the Outer Banks. When it hits, Mer will find her heart tearing in half and her carefully constructed reality slipping back into the surf. She'll soon discover that even the most deeply buried secrets have a way of surfacing, and as they do, she'll have to come to grips with the fact that nothing is forever--especially second chances." --

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Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Published
Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Co 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
377 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
1624147119
9781624147111
Main Author
Katherine Fleet (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Meredith Hall sneaks out almost every night to meet her boyfriend, Ben, on the deserted beach of a tiny island off the North Carolina coast. After she learned she was pregnant with Ben's baby, Mer had an abortion without involving Ben, a decision that led him to break up with her—but he forgave her, and they're finding their way back to a healthier (but secret) relationship. The reader will quickly figure out we've got an unreliable narrator, so torn up over recent losses in her life that she has created an alternative world. When she meets new boy Wyatt, Mer starts to feel awake again, but his presence may unsettle her entire world. On the surface, this is a unique love triangle with a confused girl in the middle. The unusual setting (isolated island communities, schools so small the junior class consists of 11 students) and presence of star teen athletes who step away from their sports may intrigue readers, but the primary readership will be those who swoon over a doomed romance. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Ben is the love of Meredith's life, but after a terrible accident in which Ben almost drowns, she is forbidden to talk to or see him. The only way they can stay together is to keep their relationship a secret, meeting nightly on a secluded beach to spend time together. For a time, Meredith is content. Then, Wyatt appears. This strange, mouthy, handsome boy from Texas with a huge personality washes ashore (literally) and turns Meredith's life upside down, introducing a new level of excitement and joy that she has not experienced before. Slowly, Meredith begins to realize that she might just be developing feelings for this handsome, arrogant boy. As their relationship deepens, Wyatt discovers that Meredith has a past that doesn't want to stay hidden, and once revealed, will change all of their lives forever. Can Meredith deal with the consequences of her secrets? Which boy will she choose? The plot twists in this enjoyable novel are unexpected, and the characters are just quirky enough to be endearing, although Wyatt gets a bit annoying at times. Readers will appreciate the supporting characters who help guide and direct Meredith as she comes to grips with some difficult realities. Give to fans of Jennifer Niven and Marieke Nijkamp. VERDICT A first purchase for YA collections, especially where mystery and realistic fiction are popular.—Corey Hall, Manheim Central Middle School, PA Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When she's given a second chance to make her relationship with Ben, her best friend and first love, work, Meredith Hall takes it, but a new guy with the ability to make her feel alive becomes impossible to ignore.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Meredith Hall has a secret. Every night, she takes the ferry to meet Ben--her best friend and first love--who she has a second chance with. Though their relationship must remain a secret, Mer's determined to make it work. She lost Ben once before and discovered the awful reality: she doesn't know how to be happy without him. Until Wyatt washes ashore--a brash new guy with a Texas twang and a personality bigger than his home state. He makes her feel reckless, excited, and alive in ways that cut through her perpetual gloom. The deeper they delve into each other's pasts, the more Wyatt's charms become impossible to ignore. But a storm is brewing in the Outer Banks. When it hits, Mer will find her heart tearing in half and her carefully constructed reality slipping back into the surf. She'll soon discover that even the most deeply buried secrets have a way of surfacing, and as they do, she'll have to come to grips with the fact that nothing is forever--especially second chances." --

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"A heartbreaking love triangle, for readers who can't stand love triangles." – Kirkus reviews
“A moody and moving, richly scenic romance.” – Kelly deVos, author of Fat Girl on a Plane
“An emotional riptide of a read! I’m still searching for my next breath...and my next tissue.” – Darcy Woods, author of Summer of Supernovas

Meredith Hall has a secret. Every night she takes the ferry to meet Ben, her best friend and first love. Though their relationship must remain a secret, they’ve been given a second chance, and Mer's determined to make it work. She lost Ben once before and discovered the awful reality: she doesn't know how to be happy without him…

Until Wyatt washes ashore—a brash new guy with a Texas twang and a personality bigger than his home state. He makes her feel reckless, excited, and alive in ways that cut through her perpetual gloom. The deeper they delve into each other’s pasts, the more Wyatt’s charms become impossible to ignore.

But a storm is brewing in the Outer Banks. When it hits, Mer finds her heart tearing in half and her carefully constructed reality slipping back into the surf. As she discovers that even the most deeply buried secrets have a way of surfacing, she’ll have to learn that nothing is forever—especially second chances.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Katherine Fleet moved with her family to the Caribbean island of Curaçao in 2007. When she's not writing, she spends her time baking, chauffeuring her three amazing, talented kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with her wonderful friends. Follow her on Twitter @KatherineFleet.