The Last True Poets of the Sea
Book cover
Author(s): Julia Drake
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN/ISSN: 9781368048088

This is a riveting young adult novel debut by Julia Drake about a teenaged girl named Violet. Violet is sent to stay the summer with family in Lyric, Maine (a town founded by her ancestors) after her partying lifestyle becomes out of control and her younger brother attempts suicide. There she finds friends, romance, mystery, adventure, family connections, and answers to questions she didn't know she was seeking. When Violet arrives, she just wants to disappear and sort out all of the turmoil in her life. She begins a job that her family has arranged for her at the local aquarium. There she meets Orion who introduces her to Liv, Mariah, and Felix. They have all been friends for what seems like forever. Violet joins in on Liv's quest to uncover the story behind her most famous ancestor's shipwreck and life. Her involvement with Liv and Orion brings out conflicting feelings in them all. Throughout all of this, Violet must work through her family issues to figure out exactly where she fits in. This book delves into many contemporary issues: growing up in today's fast-paced world, mental illness, tumultuous family relationships, sexual exploration, and sexual identity. It does so in a way that feels natural, draws you in, and pulls you along for the ride. Due to the candid depiction of sexual exploration this is probably not a novel that teachers will use in the classroom, but is a title that school counselors may want to recommend to students who are exploring their own sexual identity. This is an epic novel that will find a place in any high school collection.

Reviewer: Darshell Silva
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 9-12
Review Date: September 1, 2019
Product Description
From a stunning new voice in YA literature comes an epic, utterly unforgettable contemporary novel about a lost shipwreck, a missing piece of family history, and weathering the storms of life.

The Larkin family isn't just lucky-they persevere. At least that's what Violet and her younger brother, Sam, were always told. When the Lyric sank off the coast of Maine, their great-great-great-grandmother didn't drown like the rest of the passengers. No, Fidelia swam to shore, fell in love, and founded Lyric, Maine, the town Violet and Sam returned to every summer.

But wrecks seem to run in the family: Tall, funny, musical Violet can't stop partying with the wrong people. And, one beautiful summer day, brilliant, sensitive Sam attempts to take his own life.

Shipped back to Lyric while Sam is in treatment, Violet is haunted by her family's missing piece-the lost shipwreck she and Sam dreamed of discovering when they were children. Desperate to make amends, Violet embarks on a wildly ambitious mission: locate the Lyric, lain hidden in a watery grave for over a century.

She finds a fellow wreck hunter in Liv Stone, an amateur local historian whose sparkling intelligence and guarded gray eyes make Violet ache in an exhilarating new way. Whether or not they find the Lyric, the journey Violet takes-and the bridges she builds along the way-may be the start of something like survival.

Epic, funny, and sweepingly romantic, The Last True Poets of the Sea is an astonishing debut about the strength it takes to swim up from a wreck.
Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: HC
# Pages: 400
Price: $17.99
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Romance
Entry ID: 2216246

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