Not A Drop to Drink

Not A Drop to Drink

Book - 2013
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"Sixteen-year-old Lynn will do anything to protect her valuable water source, but the arrival of new neighbors forces her to reconsider her attitudes"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062198501
0062198505
Branch Call Number: / SF MCGINNI MINDY
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm

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Sixteen-year-old Lynn will do anything to protect her valuable water source, but the arrival of new neighbors forces her to reconsider her attitudes.


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PimaLib_SamR May 10, 2017

This teen novel initially caught my eye on two levels. First, the title derives from a line of one of my favorite poems: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coleridge. Second, the cover has a pond in the foreground with a lone farmhouse behind it, an ominous sky above and barren land all around. I couldn’t help but take a peek inside where the opening line both intrigued me and horrified me.
Living where water is a precious resource, I was easily drawn into the post-apocalyptic world of Lynn who has known no other, where water is worth fighting over and everything is scarce-food, gasoline, batteries, medicine, clothes, you name it. Lynn’s mother raised her alone, taught her to survive and to trust no one. But when her mother dies, she is forced to reach out to her only “known” neighbor, which ultimately results in emotional growth.

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anniethecat
Feb 21, 2015

Took me awhile to get into it (kinda boring at the beginning...) but near the halfway point of the book I just couldn't put it down...well written and a great outlook on what the future is gonna look like... :)

bandblair Oct 14, 2014

Really well done. Like The Road, but for teens. Excellent character development.

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MsJoann
May 07, 2014

Mindy McGinnis has created a believable world where a water shortage has made people paranoid, for good reason. The plot keeps moving, the characters are well defined and the writing is consistent. Excellent novel.

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jump4moon
Apr 01, 2014

A lot of people had commented that it's depressing and I've heard from others that it's sad. I like that. The reality of the whole situation, the character's emotions: grief love, etc. I love it all.

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waltzingechidna
Mar 29, 2014

Grim, grim, grim. There is actually a lot to this--a lot of plot and a lot of character development packed into a world gone claustrophobically small due to a catastrophic and ongoing water shortage--and the story does redeem itself in the end. But there is an awful lot of grimness to slog through at the beginning, so much that it's hard to care about characters for whom there is so little hope, so little reason to hope. And while the protagonist's growth is certainly hard won and well earned, it's not written entirely convincingly. This is worth reading if you enjoy this sort of thing--it's above-average teen dystopian fiction--but if you're not already a fan of the genre, this book won't make a convert of you.

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mangocats026
Feb 08, 2014

this wasn't bad. in fact it was pretty good. but this was so depressing it hurts to think about it. T^T

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naw666
Dec 20, 2013

realistic scenario, I can see this happening in the future, especially seeing as how there are already 7 billion people on earth. in fact scientists say this *will* happen one day not too far off. be prepared.

Green_Jaguar_44 Dec 18, 2013

Amazing book. Seriously. This is one of my favorite books. I love the story, the characters, the need for survival. I have never read a book like this. If you are thinking about reading it, go for it! Chances are you'll love it!

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artemishi
Sep 11, 2013

Not a Drop to Drink is one of the best books with the best heroine I've read in a long time. It's the story of Lynn, born and raised in a world racked by cholera and fallen apart in predictably human ways. She's raised in solitude with her hard-as-iron mother. Until everything changes.

This book read quickly- it was tense, well paced without sacrificing development or believability, and didn't rely on sensationalism. Everything that happened to and around Lynn was a reasonable reaction of the people in her world to their circumstances. This made the novel achingly bittersweet.

Lynn's journey is less a coming-of-age, which sounds quite cheesy, and more a development from automaton of her mother's design, to compassionate badass.

Oh, yeah, did I forget to mention that Lynn is one of the best teen heroines ever?
She does what she needs to, sans whinging; she's logical *and* compassionate
She communicates openly and clearly all the time
She doesn't go goo-goo stupid-eyed when a boy comes along
She reads voraciously when she can (and has learned most of the world from that)
She's naive in believable, and not charming, ways
She doesn't sacrifice her independent power as a character for the sake of a love triangle or other such nonsense
Also, she's pretty ruthless, and I love when a female character can be nurturing as well as deadly

I recommend this for anyone who enjoys survival fiction, strong and well-crafted female protagonists (seriously, make your daughters read this), and those who don't need a happy ending (if you can take the shockingly bitter and hard, but realistic, with your fiction, this is a book for you).

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Aug 07, 2017

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Mar 29, 2014

waltzingechidna thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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RedCherries
Aug 06, 2017

"Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own. "

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RedCherries
Aug 07, 2017

Other: The plot contains profanity, sexual references, and violence.

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