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~Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for the best LGBT YA novel of 2017~
An unforgettable story of two girls navigating the unknowable waters of identity, millennial anxiety, and first love, from the acclaimed author of The Mystery of Hollow Places.
In Savannah Espinoza’s small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they’re trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck—but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him.
Now she doesn’t have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another.
That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a “nice girl.” She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend.
But caring about another person threatens the walls Vanni has carefully constructed to protect herself and brings up the big questions she’s hidden from for so long.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Rebecca Podos is a graduate of the writing, literature, and publishing program at Emerson College, where she won the MFA award for best thesis. Her fiction has been published in Glimmer Train, Glyph, Paper Darts, Bellows American Review, and SmokeLong Quarterly. Her books include The Mystery of Hollow Places and Like Water. She lives with her husband in Connecticut.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After reading THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES last year, Rebecca Podos became an insta-buy author for me so I was so thrilled to receive an advanced copy of her sophomore YA novel, LIKE WATER. I have a crush on everything about this book: the southwest setting, the tough and fragile Vanni, the mermaid water park, Vanni’s Mom and Dad, and the fierce and vulnerable Leigh. Every richly layered character is delivered in the gorgeously emotional prose I came to love while devouring THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES. Podos is masterful at creating family and setting, and then dropping a stunningly real and complex MC smack in the middle of this contemporary world. Vanni rules. She’s every girl and my crush on her was hard. Vanni feels stuck in her small New Mexico hometown due to her father’s illness and her family’s business. Sticking around was never her plan and you FEEL that with every line she delivers, every boy she uses as a distraction. “Tomorrow: the first day of the rest of my life, post-high school. I’m bored already.” (pg. 30, quoted from ARC) Vanni can’t possible understand how NOT BORING her life is to the reader. When Vanni meets Leigh, she discovers aspects of her sexuality she’d never fully embraced, but it’s her relationship with Leigh—and the beautiful, heartbreaking, confusing first love that blooms between them—wherein Vanni begins to see her own strengths, and begins to realize she’s strong enough to love her family and Leigh yet still live a life that is wholly hers. This is a striking novel that is at time hilarious and other times so, so sad. But this is life, right? And sometimes we’re fortunate to meet a person who makes the world’s edges a little softer. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to discover an author like Podos.