Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore

thicker than water fioreTitle: Thicker Than Water
Author: Kelly Fiore
Publication Date: January 5th 2016 by HarperTeen
Source: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss
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Cecelia Price killed her brother. At least, that’s what the police and the district attorney are saying. And although Cecelia is now locked up and forced into treatment, she knows the real story is much more complicated.

Cyrus wasn’t always the drug-addled monster he’d become. He was a successful athlete, but when an injury forced him off the soccer field and onto pain medication, his life became a blur of anger, addiction, and violence. All CeCe could do was stand by and watch, until she realized one effective way to take away her brother’s drugs while earning the money she needed for college: selling the pills.

Soon, CeCe becomes part drug dealer, part honor student. But even when all she wants is to make things right, she learns that sometimes the best intentions lead to the worst possible outcome.

Thicker than Water is an unforgettable dark, harrowing look into the disturbing truth of drug addiction and the desperate love of a sister watching her brother deteriorate before her eyes.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

For some reason, I was stuck in a rut while reading this book. While I did enjoy reading it, it’s full of dark themes which made me put down the book countless of times not because I don’t like it, but it really made me feel heavy.

The book tells about the story of Cecelia Price or CeCe, and how her life drastically changed because of her brother, Cyrus. From a straight A student, Cece learned how to deal drugs to help her family.

“Regret forces us to relieve the moments we hate the most – the moments that drove us into spiraling downfalls, the moments where we stopped living and started surviving.”

I would say that this book was a tragic story. CeCe had so much potential in her to have just fallen into drug-dealing. The consequences of her actions had affected her greatly. But I couldn’t really blame her for that. See, this was a great book that not only dealt about drug abuse, it also greatly dealt with family relationships and friendship and it was beautifully written. The story was so raw and real, I could feel the emotions coming off the pages.

Overall, the book had an impact on me. I loved the way the story was written and told in an alternating timeline. It added depth to the story and character developments. It’s a really good book which dealt with drug addiction and loss. It may be triggering for some, but I definitely recommend it.


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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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