Like Water

Like Water

by Rebecca Podos


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ISBN-13: 9780062373373
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 129,358
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Rebecca Podos is the author of Like Water, winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult fiction, The Mystery of Hollow Places, named one of the best books of 2016 by Barnes & Noble and MPR, and The Wise and the Wicked. A graduate of the writing, literature, and publishing program at Emerson College and the creative writing program at College of Santa Fe, Rebecca lives in Connecticut with her husband and children. You can visit her online at

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SMParker More than 1 year ago
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.