Today I’m reviewing an intense book that gives you a glimpse of the harsh realities of life: STILL WATERS by Ash Parsons as part of the STILL WATERS blog tour!
Author: Ash Parsons
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Philomel Books
Then one day, the leader of the in crowd at school, Michael, offers to pay Jason to hang out with him. Jason figures Michael simply wants to be seen with someone with a tough rep and that the money will add up fast, making Jason’s escape plan a reality. Plus, there’s Michael’s girl, Cyndra, who looks at Jason as if she sees something behind his false smile. As Jason gets drawn deeper into Michael’s game, the money keeps flowing, but the stakes grow ever more dangerous. Soon, even Jason’s fists and his ability to think on his feet aren’t enough to keep his head above water.
Still Waters is an intense, gritty thriller that pulls no punches — yet leaves you rooting for the tough guy. A powerful, dynamic debut.
First Sentence: Here’s what you need to know when you get in a fight: You are going to get hit.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
What I Liked
Still Waters might not look like it, but it’s a book with unconditional friendship. Besides his sister, Jason’s only true friend was Clay. Clay unconditionally helped and accepted whatever Jason had to do. He understands Jason has to do the things he does and doesn’t judge, only helps. Clay was always there to help and warn Jason when things were getting bad. He has Jason’s back and was there for him and his sister, no matter the circumstances.
It’s going to happen. No matter how good you are, no matter how fast you punch or how well you block. Sometimes you just have to get hit. (1)
Another thing I really enjoyed about Still Waters was the massive plot twist/reveal near the end of the book. I didn’t see that plot twist at the end coming, at all. I didn’t even suspect anything was astray, but wow, when it all came together, everything just clicked and made sense.
What I Didn’t Like
The first chapter of Still Waters was full of info-dump, specifically info-dump about Jason’s life philosophy and what he went through so far in his life. There was a better way to let the readers learn about all the information told in the info-dump, namely put pieces of Jason’s past throughout the book and show it in the actions of all the different characters.
So when he started in, how he was tired of waiting for me to make some real money, tired of me wasting my time with school, I already knew what was coming. And that there was no way but through. (2)
Right from the start, when I saw that the summary of Still Waters talked about the romance in Still Waters blooming between Jason and Cyndra, I automatically knew I would like it because of one main reason: cheating. When I actually read about the actual romance, I was right, I didn’t like it at all. It also didn’t help that I also didn’t like Cyndra whatsoever. Whenever she was around, I was mentally gagging from all the Cyndra-grossness. I also didn’t like how the situation with Cyndra ended – I sadly can’t explain more in fair of spoilers.
Still Waters is a intense book that definitely gives you a glimpse of the harsh realities of the world.