Friday, May 3, 2013

ARC BOOK REVIEW...The First Rule of Swimming by Courtney Angela Brkic

A woman must leave her island home to search for her missing sister-and confront the haunted history of her family.
Magdalena does not panic when she learns that her younger sister has disappeared. A free-spirit, Jadranka has always been prone to mysterious absences. But when weeks pass with no word, Magdalena leaves the isolated Croatian island where their family has always lived and sets off to New York to find her sister. Her search begins to unspool the dark history of their family, reaching back three generations to a country torn by war.

A haunting and sure-footed debut by an award-winning writer, The First Rule of Swimming explores the legacy of betrayal and loss in a place where beauty is fused inextricably with hardship, and where individuals are forced to make wrenching choices as they are swept up in the tides of history.
Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company

This book was all over the place and would often at times confuse me entirely.  I had a hard time keeping up with the different story lines, memories, and attaching myself to the characters.

I got so frustrated after a while that I had to put the book down just to re-digest everything that was going on. 

Don’t get me wrong, this is a good story as a whole.  Many of the themes were truly heartwarming and heart-wrenching and the plot line was very complex and suspenseful.

I’m sure many readers will love “The First Rule of Swimming” but as for me it just wasn't for me.

My Rating:

-Overall : 8
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 8

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