“The First Time She Drowned” Feb Book Review

the first time she drowned Feb book review

The First Time She Drowned Feb Book Review


I finished reading “The First Time She Drowned” by Kerry Kletter half way thru February. I just couldn’t put it down. It had me hooked from the beginning in a strange sort of way.

The story revolves around Cassie O’Malley. Cassie was committed to a mental hospital against her will for something she claims she did not do. She has been trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically—since birth.

But at eighteen, two and a half years after Cassie’s mother dumped her in a mental institution. She signs herself out against medical advice and tries to start over and reclaim her life on her own terms at college.


From Goodreads:

But freedom is a poor match against a lifetime of psychological damage. As Cassie plumbs the depths of her new surroundings, the startling truths she uncovers about her own family narrative make it impossible to cut the tethers of a tumultuous past. 

So, when the unhealthy mother-daughter relationship that defined Cassie’s childhood and adolescence threatens to pull her under once again, Cassie must decide: whose version of history is real? And more important, whose life must she 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.

Throughout the book, you are taken from her present life to glimpses of her past as she maneuvers thru her fist year in college and her first year of freedom.


“Have you been looking for messed-up mother-daughter relationships and mental illness and learning to believe in yourself?”

the first time she drowned book cover

I am certain you will be not be disappointed by this book.

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