Review & Giveaway! Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky

Dive Smack
by Demetra Brodsky
Publication: June 19th 2018
by Tor Teen
Category: YA
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: ARC provided by publisher
in exchange for honest review

My Rating:

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Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match.

Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A’s and solid friends, he’s only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind.

But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself.

~My Thoughts~

It blows my mind when I read a debut novel and I’m left with the feeling that I just read the work of a seasoned author with multiple best sellers out in the world. Dive Smack grabbed me by the short hairs from page one and never let go. Theo is a remarkable character and I enjoyed every moment of being inside his head. The pacing is perfect, the characters are very well fleshed out, and the story and plot compliment each other and move everything forward.

I love psychological thrillers. Most I’ve read aren’t YA–even though I read 85% YA books–but it was refreshing to get a proper thrill inside of the YA category. I appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into this story and the fact that I was kept on the edge of my seat all the way through. Extremely clever writing.

Awesome debut novel! I will definitely be stalking this author for future works!

~About the Author~

Demetra Brodsky is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned writer. She has a B.F.A. from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and lives in Southern California with her family of four and two lovable rescue dogs where she is always trying to make more time for the beach. Dive Smack is dedicated to Pumpkin, the monarch butterfly she once saved from the brink of death. Once you read the book, you’ll understand why.

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