Like Water by Rebecca Podos

Like Water

A gorgeously written and deeply felt literary young adult novel of identity, millennial anxiety, and first love, from the widely acclaimed author of The Mystery of Hollow PlacesIn 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...


Details Like Water

TitleLike Water
ISBN9780062373373
Author
Release DateOct 17th, 2017
PublisherBalzer + Bray
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Lgbt, Romance
Rating

Reviews Like Water

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    1970-01-01
    This book made me feel very… raw. It’s a book that strips bare the outer machinations of a novel and heads straight for the emotional core of the protagonist. And it’s a book I absolutely loved.I actually totally get why a lot of people didn’t like this book; Like Water has a fairly small amount of action and relies primarily off your connection to the characters. If you’re not one for character-driven reads, this is not going to be a b...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    1970-01-01
    4.5* Like Water is the kind of book that’s equally as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. It’s a gorgeous story of grief, identity, growing up, falling in love, family, friendships and discovering who you are amongst all these things. I’d not heard anything about this going into it but I adored it. I loved the easy, comfortable writing style and found myself flying through it within two sittings. I warmed to diverse and complex characters ...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    1970-01-01
    I adored the characters and the first half of this novel, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bored to tears by the end. I’m mega bummed. :(
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    If you asked me to describe this book in a word, I would use the word "Fine"... You'll see the word quite a bit in this review and that's not a good thing. This was quite an average book, its not quite memorable or outstanding in any way. Soon it will fall into the pile of books that I have read but can't really remember. The good things:- Vanni. I liked Vanni (more so at the start when she was quite troubled, pessimistic and conflicted).- I like...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)This was a contemporary story about a girl who unexpectedly fell for another girl.Savannah was a bit of a risk taker, and she liked to spend time with boys, none of whom were her boyfriend, just as a way to pass time really. The storyline in this was about Savannah meeting a new guy called Lucas, and after spending time with him and his sister realising that...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    1970-01-01
    About: Like Water is a young adult fiction written by Rebecca Podos. It will be published on 10/17/17 by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, GLBT, contemporary, queer, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. My Experience: I started reading Like Water on 10/9/17 and finished it on 10/11/17. I like diving into this book blindly and discovering the surprises with...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    1970-01-01
    Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Sick parent, hereditary disease, anxiety, biphobia, homophobia, ableist slur (challenged on page), drunk driving.I’m going to be honest here… what caught my eye about this book is its cover, it’s ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. Then I checked the synopsis and added it to my TBR. Then a friend of mine couldn’t shut up about it and made me want to read it desperately. and I finally got it f...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    1970-01-01
    This was the group book for the first round of ContemporaryAThon and I'm glad that I gave it a read. It started off a little slow for me but picked up and overall the pacing was okay. I loved the family dynamic, the sexual, gender, and racial diversity portrayed in the book. There was also the representation of both mental and physical illnesses that rounded out the story. Of course, some of the characters annoyed me but overall, I enjoyed the re...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    1970-01-01
    Full video review on YouTube.4.5 stars. This was so, so beautiful.I didn't know much about this story going into it but I knew the main character, Vanni, would fall in love with a girl for the first time. Do I need more to want to read a book? Hell no. Did I get way more from this book than just that? Hell yeah.The story is so wonderful. While it's short-ish, Podos was able to pack so many things into this novel. This is not all about the romance...
  • Acqua
    1970-01-01
    I wish I had liked this book more. This could have been a favorite, if it hadn't been for the romance.Like Water is a contemporary coming-of-age story set in a small town in New Mexico, during the summer after Vanni's graduation. Vanni feels stuck, because she doesn't feel like she can leave the small town - her dad has Huntington's disease, and she might have it too.Like Water is a slow, atmospheric contemporary story, and not your average summe...
  • Andrea
    1970-01-01
    This was so good, I want to cry.Savannah, aka Vanni, is a recent high school graduate who has no idea what to do next. Ever since her father has been diagnosed with Huntington’s she can feel her life slipping away since this disease can be genetically passed down. She has no idea if she should take the test to know if she tests positive for Huntington’s or if living in uncertainty is the better option. Vanni tries to find ways to deal with al...
  • Ashley Blake
    1970-01-01
    I had the great privilege of reading an early version of this book, and wow is it gorgeous. Messy, complex characters and motivations, beautiful prose, a diverse cast, and QUEER. I have so many thoughts, and I'll add to this later, but yes, yes, you want this on your 2017 TBR.
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book a lot. Review to come.
  • Vee S
    1970-01-01
    OMG YA'LL IS THIS BOOK ON YOUR 2017 TBR BECAUSE IT SHOULD BE. One of the most beautiful and impactful books I've ever read. And like. Idk man. It's been a long time since I've seen so much of myself in one book. ~more later~
  • ellie
    1970-01-01
    "What are you doing tonight?""I hate everything but you. What do you think I'm doing?"edit: so im changing my fave fxf contemporary to The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza because even though that one's a bit wild, i like it better than this. so yeps! this is a solid 4, though.So, this is it. This is my favorite fxf contemporary book! It's a huge deal for me. The thing is that with all the fxf books I've loved before, like We Are Okay or Jane, Unlimit...
  • Kayley Hyde
    1970-01-01
    4.5/5
  • Sierra
    1970-01-01
    Content Warnings: Parent illness, ableist slurs (corrected in-text), biphobiaKnown Representation: Latinx/bisexual questioning protagonist, lesbian/genderfluid (revealed later) love interest, several Latinx characters throughout.This was an unexpected favorite! I loved reading about Vanni and Leigh's complicated, messy romance, because we need to know that love isn't something that can be tied into a neat little bow. YA doesn't often reflect this...
  • Natasha
    1970-01-01
    3.25/5
  • Kav (xreadingsolacex)
    1970-01-01
    This novel is an underrated masterpiece.A coming-of-age story about queer identity, discovering yourself, and the importance of supportive friends and family: LIKE WATER is a novel that waves its plot, characters, writing, and representation together effortlessly and beautifully.We have two primary characters in this novel:Vanni, a frightened waitress trapped in a small town because her father has been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease and sh...
  • Anna
    1970-01-01
    i would have rated this higher, because it really is well written and the author made me feel like i too was trapped in a small town. however, there was spanish left and right and only once did she include a translation. what are they saying??? i missed out on 80% of her interactions with her parents because boom, spanish.
  • Camryn
    1970-01-01
    This is so good. It reminds me of Ari and Dante. It made me tear up and get worried about the end, but it's so hopeful. I love it.
  • Aleksandra
    1970-01-01
    This was okay.In Like Water, Savannah "Vanni" Espinoza graduates high school and is about to work at her family restaurant. Her future plans were changed when her father had been diagnosed with Huntington's disease three years prior the events of the book. Vanni might carry the Huntington's genes too. So with no plans to leave her small town in New Mexico, USA, she helps her parents, works at family restaurant. Then she meets Leigh and her older ...
  • Elke (BEroyal)
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsI liked this, and yet it felt like something was... off? I don't know what exactly, or why my opinion changed so much from "okay" to "great" and everything in between, but it is really good! And has great rep (as far as I can tell), and important conversations.Savannah is Latinix and realises she's bi, and Leigh comes out as genderqueer towards the end of the book. The story is mainly about Savannah, but also about her interaction, and l...
  • Alexandra
    1970-01-01
    i'm surprised by how much i thoroughly enjoyed this one. i don't really read much YA anymore and YA contemporaries have never been my favorite but something about this book spoke to me and i'm really glad i read it. it's about a girl named vanni who lives in a small new mexico town with her mom and dad. they own a little restaurant called silvia's, where she works part time as a server.feeling stuck in her hometown and isolated from her old frien...
  • Stella (Paper Wings)
    1970-01-01
    Why haven't more people read this book? For some reason I thought this book was relatively popular when I picked it up, but I guess not? I didn't LOVE it, but it's a good book and I definitely recommend it!Because I don't have the brainpower to write a real review, here's just some things to look forward to:♡ bisexual, latinx main character♡ genderqueer lesbian love interest♡ adorable, complex romance♡ as much as I hate the term, this rea...
  • Rachel Strolle
    1970-01-01
    Mer-mazing
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    1970-01-01
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5* I enjoyed this story quite a bit. It's incredibly diverse, with some great explorations on sexual and gender identity, and a main character who learns so many things about herself as she grows. It fell a bit short for me emotionally, but was overall a good book. What I Liked: Our MC Vanni is trying to figure out... life. Oh, how I ...