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The Last True Poets of the Sea
The Last True Poets of the Sea | Julia Drake
27 posts | 19 read | 34 to read
From a stunning new voice in YA literature comes an epic, utterly unforgettable contemporary novel about a lost shipwreck, a missing piece of family history, and weathering the storms of life. "Profound and page-turning." --Madeline Miller, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Circe 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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Johanna414
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This was so well written and I loved every page. I can't believe this book hasn't gotten more hype! I will be recommending it to my students for sure!!

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Johanna414
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When you're supposed to watch a movie with your husband, but he falls asleep while you put the kids to bed... you start a new book instead!
Reading this on the recommendation of @LittleMouse5708 and loving it so far!

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LittleMouse5708
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This was beautiful and funny, which is a hard combo to stick the landing on. It tackled mental health and families so believably. My favorite character was actually the side character Orion. He's exactly the type of boy I hope my son grows up to be. Or maybe Uncle Toby, who I loved and related to way too much as a 30-something surrounded by teenagers daily.

Johanna414 I'm going to add this to my list for next month! 7mo
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IhoardBOOKS
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Violet is sent off to stay with her uncle over the summer while her parents focus on Sam, her brother, after his suicide attempt. This book is about family, history and looking forward instead of back, and particularly Violet learns she might have been looking for love in all the wrong places (she really, really was) prior to this as she gets close to amateur local historian Liv.

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GirlNamedJesse
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Sibling bond for the win! Great friendships and family connections made, with a bit of sea lore and family history thrown in for good measure. Great audio narration. 🎧

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CarlieReads
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A moving story of family & friendship. Violet & Sam are both lost in their own ways - after Sam‘s suicide attempt, he goes into treatment and Violet is sent to Maine to spend the summer with their uncle. I really liked that while their family had its issues it was clear they all loved each other. Plus the relationships between Violet the friends she makes in Maine were super cute. LGBTQ representation and a hopeful ending. Recommended!

CarlieReads Plus that cover 👀 I can‘t get over how beautiful it is! 2y
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CarlieReads
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My kindle doesn‘t really do it justice but this cover is a stunner.

I‘m about 40% into this book and loving it so far. The characters are intriguing and I‘m excited to see where the story goes. ✨

#septemberreads #yalit #contemporaryfiction

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aa_guer2021
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Not going to lie: the cover sold it to me. But I am so thankful that it did. It is indeed a profound page-turner. Family relationships, growing up, discovering one‘s sexuality, overcoming trauma (trigger warning), learning from adversity, and did I mention treasure and the aquarium?! 😱This book has it all! Read to be inspired, read to find joy, & read to discover. #recommendsday #recentlyread #recovery #family ❤️📚⛵️

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behudd
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
MargaretPinardAuthor Love the blue nails too 😊👌🏾 2y
behudd @MargaretPinardAuthor thank you!! 🤗🤗 2y
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bookishkai
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I‘ve had this lingering on my TBR for way too long. Time to dive in!

kspenmoll Let me know what you think- on my shelf too! 2y
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kspenmoll
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#spinepoem #MagicalMay

The Last True Poets of the Sea
Woven in Moonlight
Songs from the Deep
The Last Ballad
Almost There
The Astonishing Color of After

Desha 💛💛💛 Love this! 2y
Eggs Brilliant 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
kspenmoll @Desha @eggs. Thank you! 2y
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kyraleseberg
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I have so many books to read and yet I gave in to an impulse library hold... again 😆

ItsAnotherJen I like this cover! 2y
kyraleseberg @ItsAnotherJen Me too, it really grabbed my attention! 2y
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sprainedbrain
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This book was pretty much perfect. Contemporary YA that deals with some serious issues while still managing to be lyrical and lovely and to somehow give me a bit of nostalgia. A brilliantly written debut and an audiobook with excellent narration.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Branwen Yes! This is my favorite YA book of the year so far! 2y
sprainedbrain @Branwen Definitely mine, too! ❤️ 2y
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HeatherBlue
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Sunday‘s are for small coffee shops, lattes, and good books 💙

Cathythoughts Gorgeous cover 2y
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sprainedbrain
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I was looking on Audible for the tagged book and this sweet Valentine‘s deal popped up. I don‘t read a whole lot of love stories or romance, but what the heck, I will try it.

Fair warning that I may be posting way more goofy stuff, heart eyes, and eye-rolling emojis over the next 2 months than usual. 🤣

ReadingRover I got this over Christmas and have been binging on all the least romantic romances in the escape package. I figure I‘ll pack in as many as I can and then cancel. There‘s a pretty good selection. You just have to look. 😝 2y
JaclynW I just signed up too. Romance isn't usually my thing either but I thought the trial was worth exploring. 💕😬😊 2y
readordierachel Looking forward to it 😆 2y
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HOTPock3tt Shoot it doesn‘t say 2 months free anymore! 😖Just one month 2y
HOTPock3tt Btw you will definitely be eye rolling!! 😝😂🤣 but that‘s a nice promo! 😀👍🏽 2y
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt well shoot! I‘ve found quite a few books I‘ve wanted to read anyway that are Escape! Even this one 2y
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt and if I finish all of those books, I will just listen to some trashy stuff read by my favorite narrator. I can listen to Steve West/Shane East read the dumbest stuff and be completely content. 😍😜😂 2y
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain I downloaded this on hoopla last week for self explanatory reasons!! 😝 Shane east is the narrator ♥️😍 (edited) 2y
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt god I love his voice! 😍 2y
HOTPock3tt This was my first exposure to it, but I was hooked quickly! 😍🔥♥️ @sprainedbrain 2y
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Branwen
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It's snowing again! 😁☃️❄ I love it! However it's also supposed to go down to 5° tonight! Brrrr! Luckily I'm not working until this afternoon so I have the morning to drink tea, read, and enjoy the peaceful quiet that the snow brings! 💕📚☕

GrilledCheeseSamurai We're having quite the cold snap here the past day or so. Definitely hunkering down weather. 👌🥶👌 2y
Branwen @GrilledCheeseSamurai Right?! I dont mind this weather at all, just means more time for reading! 😁📚 2y
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Branwen
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You know that feeling when you start a new book and it gives you chills because it's sooooo good and you just know it's going to become a favorite of yours and you're going to love it forever? Yup. I'm only about 50 pages into this so far and I'm already deeply in love. The writing, the characters, it's all perfect so far. Forgive me if I swoon! 😍📚💕

#catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin

LiteraryinLawrence That‘s the best feeling! 2y
sprainedbrain Well, this book is stacked. That‘s a wonderful feeling! ❤️ 2y
Branwen @LiteraryinLititz @sprainedbrain It really is the best feeling ever! I never get tired of it! 😀📚💕 2y
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Amiable Sweet kitty! 😻 2y
Leftcoastzen I want to rub his tummy!😻 2y
Meaw_catlady Sweet baby! 😻 2y
rabbitprincess Kitty tummy!!! 😻 2y
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sharona671
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Finally! Finished this one! Not because it's boring or lacks depth but life, in general gets in the way. Loved this book about finding oneself. Add in a little family drama and a little adventure.

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sharona671
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So... With all the craziness in our life that's been happening, I finally was able to read for an hour at least which is a goal in it's own for me.

On another note. I'm loving this book so far. However, I swear I should've taken marine bio in High school cuz I had no clue what sea creatures they spoke about in the book 😂. It's only cuz of Disney movie Moana I knew about some of the things they spoke about lol.

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sharona671
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Just getting into this book and I already feel it's gonna be good!
#bookbeau#existpassionately#juliadrake#book1of2020

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Librariana
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This was yesterday.

My husband was an absolute sweetie and deemed Saturday an "All About Me" day. We had a leisurely brunch at a favorite place (æbelskivers, goulash, and freshly-squeezed orange juice!), did some Fall decor shopping, and before ending the day with pizza takeout, we stopped at BN to do some belated birthday shopping.

The tagged book, Fountains, and Frankly came home with me ???

#BarnesandNoble #bookhaul

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bookishkai
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New books! SO many new books, I don‘t know where to start! Suggestions/opinions gladly accepted.

xicanti I haven‘t read that particular Roan Parrish novel yet, but I loved two of her others. 3y
bookishkai @xicanti I haven‘t read any of her books yet, but she came up in discussion of queer authors who are getting screwed by their publisher, and since I‘m always looking for new authors . . . It was kind of a no brainer. 3y
Beachesnbooks i just read the last true poets of the sea & loooved it! 3y
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Beachesnbooks
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September reading wrap-up! Guys, I actually managed to read a lot of things this month! I finished 9 books, caught up on several stellar ARCs, participated in the #contemporaryathon , and read several books that are going to end up in favorites lists for the year. I honestly really loved everything that I picked up this month; everything was between 3.75 and 4.5 stars; faves were Sapphire Flames, Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across, & the tagged book.

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Beachesnbooks
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Spent yesterday hiking & reading the tagged book, which is beautifully written so far. Finally making a lot of progress on my ARCs from #bookexpo !

TheSpineView Congrats! I need to get going on mine! 3y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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This is a slow paced contemporary where nothing much happens plot wise. That sentence sounds like my own personal hell but the author came with some solid ass writing, strong characters, a bit of family mystery and lots of family drama. The star of this book is the characters. There is some wonderful bisexual and F/F romance + panic attacks + anxiety & eating disorder rep. This isn't a book about a shipwreck/plot. It's all about the characters.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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A queer Shakespeare retelling has potential to be my favourite book of the year so 🙏🙏🙏🙏

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