Like Water

By Rebecca Podos
Read by Kyla Garcia

7.89 Hours 10/17/2017 unabridged
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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. With her signature stunning writing, Rebecca Podos, author of The Mystery of Hollow Places, has crafted an unforgettable story of two girls navigating the unknowable waters of identity, millennial anxiety, and first love.

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Summary

Summary

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.

With her signature stunning writing, Rebecca Podos, author of The Mystery of Hollow Places, has crafted an unforgettable story of two girls navigating the unknowable waters of identity, millennial anxiety, and first love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A lively, entertaining read…With a well-constructed plot that expresses the thoughts and emotions of the characters clearly and with depth, Podos’ story will resonate with YA readers.” RT Book Review (4 stars)
“Vanni’s realization about her bisexuality is satisfyingly matter-of-fact, and her relationship with Leigh faces realistic teenage troubles. As much about self-discovery as it is about love.” Booklist
“Well-handled are Leigh’s genderqueer identity and Vanni’s bisexuality…The author richly and authentically describes the culture of a small New Mexico town.” Kirkus Reviews
“Rebecca Podos continues to stun. Like Water is a tender, gorgeously written story, one of the most moving novels I’ve ever read.” Karen Fortunati, author of The Weight of Zero
“Sharp plotting, unexpected twists, dynamic characters, and a sensitive treatment of mental illness make Podos a writer to watch.” Booklist (starred review) on The Mystery of Hollow Places
“This heartfelt and page-turning debut introduces [listeners] to a whip-smart and wise heroine.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Mystery of Hollow Places
“Wholly original with a brilliant voice and gripping plot. This book utterly captivated me.” Jasmine Warga, author of My Heart and Other Black Holes on The Mystery of Hollow Places

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Author

Author Bio: Rebecca Podos

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, Bellows American Review, and SmokeLong Quarterly. She lives with her husband in Connecticut. The Mystery of Hollow Places is her first novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Runtime: 7.89
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English