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Publisher's Summary

The beautiful struggle of a girl desperate for the one relationship that has caused her the most pain.
Cassie O'Malley has spent the past two and a half years in a mental institution - dumped there by her mother, against her will. Now, at 18, Cassie emancipates herself, determined to start over. She attends college, forms new friendships, and even attempts to start fresh with her mother. But before long, their unhealthy relationship threatens to pull Cassie under once again. As Cassie struggles to reclaim her life, childhood memories persist and confuse, and Cassie must consider whose version of history is real, and, more important, whose life she must save.
A bold, literary story about the fragile complexities of mothers and daughters and learning to love oneself, The First Time She Drowned reminds us that we must dive deep into our pasts if we are ever to move forward.
©2016 Kerry Kletter (P)2016 Listening Library
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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Robertazzi on 06-10-16

I couldn't wait to walk

I listen to my audiobooks when I exercise each day. As much as I dislike exercising I found I could not wait to get out and walk so I could hear what was next. There was so much to love about this book. The characters, the twists and turns, imagining the different endings that could turn out. I highly recommend it

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5 out of 5 stars
By Misty on 09-12-17

My heart drowned

Cassie grows up in an emotionally and mentally abusive household. It's not a secret and it's not something that she will walk away from easily, especially because her mother checks her into a mental facility at age 15. Now Cassie is 18 and has checked herself out of the facility. With no one to guide her through a free life, how will she navigate?

I found this book to be so completely soul destroying on so many levels. You go through playing the blame game, knowing full well where to place the blame but by the end you kind of wonder if maybe you were wrong about that. There are a few real heros in this book that make you want to jump into the audio waves and hug the characters. Cassie's best friend is just magical in her ability to forgive and to accept. Cassie's therapist makes me want to try therapy again. And that is saying something. Ha. The author, Kerry Kletter, although I do feel like she could have spent more time in certain places during Cassie's life and less time in others, really told a story that was so engrossing and emotional. Really, very good.

Jorjeana Marie is a favorite of mine. She plays rolls of young women so exceptionally but can also turn around and pull out a New Jersey accent or a male voice that is so believable, there is no questioning it. The audio quality was stellar as well. This is an all around 5 star audio.

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