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Not a Drop to Drink

Not a Drop to Drink

Not a Drop to Drink

by Mindy McGinnis

Genre: YA Post-Apoclyptic
Published: September 24th 2013
by Katherine Teagen Books




Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….


Do you know how to tell if a book is beyond awesome? It will a) give you an incredibly book-hangover, b) surprise you beyond belief, and c) brutally rip your heart out. Not a Drop to Drink did all three. Woot. Yay. Thank you for destroying my soul. GIVE THIS BOOK 5-STARS AND A FEW AWARDS, PLEASE!!!!!!

I’m not exaggerating. I adored this book. Everything: characters, writing, plot – it exceeded everything I’d betted on.

For starters, I assumed this would be a journey book. I assumed the author would fling Lynn (narrator) out of her house and away from her pond and make her journey to some far off city and have an adorable romance on the way. WRONG. And, seriously, I am SO glad I was wrong. I’m doing a happy dance because I’m so glad I was wrong! I can usually predict books, and I get kind of bored. But no boredom here. I have full adoration for this book.

Characters? I looove the characters. Lynn is tough. The phrase “tough as leather” fits her perfectly. In this post-apocalyptic world, where water is scarce, and there’s no law, she’s grown up shooting people to defend her pond. The pond keeps her and her mother alive. When you’ve lived like that ALL your life, you turn into this tough, capable person. Lynn has no compassion. No heart. HA. That’s what she leads us to believe at first.

You know what I loved about Lynn? She was tough AND had a sweet side. It bothers me when “strong” girls are portrayed as unfeeling and snarky, and then have to change throughout the book. Whaaaat? Why can’t we girls be tough and strong AND compassionate, but not have to end the book crying into boyfriend’s arms? Don’t get me wrong: I like soft girls in books as much as tough ones. But, I hate the concept of having to become “weak” (basically) in order to properly finish a book. Lynn definitely softened as the book went along. Her tongue didn’t. And her demeanor didn’t. But her heart changed. And it was beautiful. I think she was 100% beautiful the whole time, because she was bitter and loving all at once.

As for the other characters? Oh gosh, Stebbs was awesome. He oozed strength, but softness and compassion. I LOVED Lucy! She was 5-years-old and a bubbly little wisp. My only complaint is that “Lucy” and “Lynn” are so similar. Being in 3rd person, I got confused constantly reading the two names. Eli was also awesome. Romance is NOT a huge part of this book. It’s like a side-dish. Eli was sweet and musical, but tough as nails when he needed to be. And he loved fiercely.

The writing was blow-me-away beautiful. I can’t believe how awesome it was! It was in 3rd person, which I love, but it was so intimate and focused on Lynne’s voice, it was practically in 1st. The description is bare bones. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Writing that cuts the fluff and gets down to details, sensory images, and feels-killing sentences always wins me. If I could ever write half as good as this, I would die happy.

I couldn’t predict it. The writing was gorgeous. The characters were breathtaking. The setting was. freaking. awesome. The ending crushed my soul like a grape…

I’m sorry? Did you want me to say something coherent? Forget it.


Is that enough persuasion for you?


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