As I have said before, Terra Elan McVoy is one of those writers that just blows my mind. All of McVoy's characters are so different and her storylines are so complex and fresh, it just amazes me that the same person who wrote Pure also wrote Criminal and The Summer of Firsts and Lasts and now, In Deep.
Brynn, from McVoy's First and Lasts, is a competitive swimmer and she gives it all she has and all she is. It is her obsession. Her way of being in control of her body and everything in her life. She doesn't have much time or interest in friends or family. Her father was a fire fighter, killed on the job and her mother has remarried to a nice guy, but she really doesn't care for him or her mom, one way or another. She sees her mother as weak, someone who couldn't make it on her own, after the death of her husband. She sees most everyone as weak. She is a complex character, who is not unsympathetic, as much as she tries to be. Pushing herself the way that she does can only end in disaster. When college swimmers come to practice with her team over the summer things get complicated. Brynn is on the verge of losing the control she so needs. Told from her perspective, it's easy to get angry at her, but hard to dislike her. Great, great book. McVoy has another winner. Due out later this year.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.