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The Last True Poets of the Sea (edició 2019)

de Julia Drake (Autor)

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The Larkin family isn't just lucky -- they persevere. At least that's what Violet and her younger brother, Sam, were always told. When the Lyric sank off the coast of Maine, their great-great-great-grandmother didn't drown like the rest of the passengers. No, Fidelia swam to shore, fell in love, and founded Lyric, Maine, the town Violet and Sam returned to every summer. But wrecks seem to run in the family: Tall, funny, musical Violet can't stop partying with the wrong people. And, one beautiful summer day, brilliant, sensitive Sam attempts to take his own life. Shipped back to Lyric while Sam is in treatment, Violet is haunted by her family's missing piece -- the lost shipwreck she and Sam dreamed of discovering when they were children. Desperate to make amends, Violet embarks on a wildly ambitious mission: locate the Lyric, lain hidden in a watery grave for over a century. She finds a fellow wreck hunter in Liv Stone, an amateur local historian whose sparkling intelligence and guarded gray eyes make Violet ache in an exhilarating new way. Whether or not they find the Lyric, the journey Violet takes -- and the bridges she builds along the way -- may be the start of something like survival. Epic, funny, and sweepingly romantic, The Last True Poets of the Sea is an astonishing debut about the strength it takes to swim up from a wreck… (més)
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Títol:The Last True Poets of the Sea
Autors:Julia Drake (Autor)
Informació:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2019), 400 pages
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YA is definitely not my favorite genre. There were a few parts in this book that were not written in that typical YA way and I absolutely loved those sections. Probably the one thing that kept me reading all the way to the end. If you typically like YA you will probably like this book. ( )
  LittleSpeck | May 17, 2022 |
This was a book that is very character driven. I really enjoyed the author’s voice, and Violet was a fun main character to spend time with. Violet grew up in NYC and perhaps grew up a bit too quickly working on Broadway. Her brother Sam attempts suicide, and she’s sent to stay with her uncle for the summer in coastal Maine, where their family legend says that their great-great grandmother was shipwrecked and managed to survive, getting back to shore and founding the town. Mystery. Romance. Tragedy. Humor.

With newfound friends and another shipwreck enthusiast, they search for the lost wreck. The characters and backstories are interesting, from main characters to secondary players, and everything about this world is richly drawn. At its heart, this is a story of family, of a bond between brother and sister, fractured perhaps beyond repair, and trying to mend itself again, and watching that evolve was a beautiful thing. It’s the perfect read if you’re in the mood for a slow build more literary tale. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Trigger Warnings: suicide, depression

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
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  KatKinney | Mar 3, 2022 |
Sixteen year old Violet was suspended from school for smoking pot; her younger brother Sam attempted suicide. They need help. To try and fix things, their parents ship Violet off to Maine to spend the summer with Uncle Toby, and Sam off to a recovery center in Vermont. The town of Lyric is where Violet and Sam spent many summers as kids and is named after a ship that wrecked off of the coast of Maine. Violet and Sam's great-great-great grand mother was the sole survivor of the shipwreck. As children, Violet and Sam were fascinated with the story of the shipwreck and were determined to discover it. Violet, with a history of meaningless one night stands and drug use, surprisingly finds soul mates in Lyric who care about her and share her interest in finding the shipwreck. Violet writes to Sam letting him know that she and her friends are planning to find the shipwreck. Sam escapes from his recovery center to join Violet in her quest to find the shipwreck. Although Violet and Sam come almost perish from hypothermia, the journey to find the shipwreck is a healing process as well as a lesson in self discovery. The last true poets of the sea are in the game for adventure, the concept of the journey is the treasure. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Sep 22, 2020 |
The Last True Poets of the Sea is evidently a retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which means nothing to me, because I’ve never read Twelfth Night. Luckily, it was still enjoyable! Drake modernizes the tale so thoroughly that previous knowledge is not required. That alone is impressive; even better is that she somehow does this while also maintaining an appreciation for the stage. Performance of all kinds - theatrical, the ways we pretend to be who we’re not in our everyday lives - lies, along with shipwrecks, at the thematic heart of the book. It fits perfectly with the story’s origins.

Some more good: The writing is lovely. It deals frankly with mental illness. The climax - no spoilers - is breathtaking. The love interest is the first character named Liv I’ve ever read - finally, the representation I’ve been waiting for. I love a good book about healing, one where everything isn’t “fixed” but that suggests a path forward, the beginning of a difficult but achievable process. Everyone in this book is at least a little bit hurt, and their stumbling toward the light is rendered both compassionately and, for the most part, realistically. I do think it’s a bit too long, that it occasionally over-explains - for example, it takes a long time to wrap up after the climactic scene, and even doubles back to unpack it. I wish Drake would’ve had the confidence to let the climax - weird, dreamlike, powerful - stand on its own. I also don’t quite buy that no one in Lyric would have tried to find the shipwreck before Liv and Violet came around. Drake is clearly trying to work in a theme there: Liv says that the town is obsessed with a romantic misrepresentation of its founders, so much so that they refuse to actually research them in fear of finding uncomfortable truths. Okay, fair enough, that’s why no one has bothered to delve too deeply into Violet’s ancestors’ marriage. But what does the ship itself have to do with that? I don’t believe that people wouldn’t seek it out because seeing it would remind them of tragedy. We as a species both romanticized and yearned to see the Titanic up close. People used to get married there, on submarines. The physical fact of a shipwreck doesn’t stop us from ignoring the tragedy behind it - we often rob historical suffering of its horror by gawking uncritically at the empty shells it leaves behind (see: plantation tours). I get the theme, but it doesn’t really line up with how people actually act, which I think weakens it.

Anyway. This book was quite good! A little overlong, a little shaky, but overall a nice, moving read, clearly lovingly crafted. Obviously I have some quibbles, and sometimes quibbles can turn into tangents, and also at two points in this book a character calls Liv “Livi” only it’s spelled “Livvy,” what’s up with that? ( )
  livmae | Jul 17, 2020 |
I love a pretty cover, and I happily found substance behind that in YA debut, The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake. In typical YA fashion, Drakes throws a lot against the wall to see what sticks: unrequited love, LGBTQ themes, an eating disorder, a dead sibling, a near-drowning, and so much more. Violet has been sent to her uncle’s house in Maine for the summer after a wild year of drugs, sex and getting in trouble in New York City that culminated in her brother’s suicide attempt. There she tries to reinvent herself, make friends and fix her family relationships. Lots of normal YA themes, but well written with funny moments, and some interesting historical research and a shipwreck thrown in. Readers of Becky Albertalli, A.S. King and other contemporary YA writers will enjoy this new author. ( )
  Hccpsk | May 3, 2020 |
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The Larkin family isn't just lucky -- they persevere. At least that's what Violet and her younger brother, Sam, were always told. When the Lyric sank off the coast of Maine, their great-great-great-grandmother didn't drown like the rest of the passengers. No, Fidelia swam to shore, fell in love, and founded Lyric, Maine, the town Violet and Sam returned to every summer. But wrecks seem to run in the family: Tall, funny, musical Violet can't stop partying with the wrong people. And, one beautiful summer day, brilliant, sensitive Sam attempts to take his own life. Shipped back to Lyric while Sam is in treatment, Violet is haunted by her family's missing piece -- the lost shipwreck she and Sam dreamed of discovering when they were children. Desperate to make amends, Violet embarks on a wildly ambitious mission: locate the Lyric, lain hidden in a watery grave for over a century. She finds a fellow wreck hunter in Liv Stone, an amateur local historian whose sparkling intelligence and guarded gray eyes make Violet ache in an exhilarating new way. Whether or not they find the Lyric, the journey Violet takes -- and the bridges she builds along the way -- may be the start of something like survival. Epic, funny, and sweepingly romantic, The Last True Poets of the Sea is an astonishing debut about the strength it takes to swim up from a wreck

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