Thirsty: A Novel
by Jas Hammonds
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Pub Date 14 May 2024 | Archive Date 14 May 2024
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Roaring Brook Press
From Jas Hammonds, award-winning author of We Deserve Monuments, comes an unflinching novel about addiction that Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie and I’m the Girl, called “sensitively wrought and gorgeously written.”
It’s the summer before college and eighteen-year-old Blake Brenner and her girlfriend, Ella, have one goal: join the mysterious and exclusive Serena Society. The sorority promises status and lifelong connections to a network of powerful, trailblazing women of color. Ella’s acceptance is a sure thing—she’s the daughter of a Serena alum. Blake, however, has a lot more to prove.
As a former loner from a working-class background, Blake lacks Ella’s pedigree and confidence. Luckily, she finds courage at the bottom of a liquor bottle. When she drinks, she’s bold, funny, and unstoppable—and the Serenas love it. But as pledging intensifies, so does Blake’s drinking, until it’s seeping into every corner of her life. Ella assures Blake that she’s fine; partying hard is what it takes to make the cut . . .
But success has never felt so much like drowning. With her future hanging in the balance and her past dragging her down, Blake must decide how far she’s willing to go to achieve her glittering dreams of success—and how much of herself she’s willing to lose in the process.
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I was thrilled to read Jas Hammonds' sophomore novel! We Deserve Monuments blew me away and Thirsty did not disappoint.
Thirsty tells the story of Blake, a freshly graduated high school senior struggling with alcohol addiction. Blake is often surrounded by friends, including her girlfriend Ella. Some of them see her struggles and some turn a blind eye. Compounding Blake's drinking problem are pressures to fit in with friends in higher social classes, a determination to gain entrance to an elite secret society, and a strained relationship with her parents. This story is difficult to read at times because you have to watch the characters make poor choices, but it is such an important story for teenage readers. This book would pair well with Mindy McGinnis' Heroine in that they do not glamorize substance abuse in any way, but allow readers to view those struggling with empathy rather than judgment.
Thirsty is an important and compelling read and one I will be adding to my classroom library without question.