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This is a memoir that faces how every love story reflects the one before it. Like waves, people crash into each other before pulling back. I have always known this kind of breaking. First, my father left my mother. And, in the same way, someone left me. I have felt this flux endlessly. A shattering. A sameness. Then, loving you changed everything. WE DIED IN WATER is nonlin This is a memoir that faces how every love story reflects the one before it. Like waves, people crash into each other before pulling back. I have always known this kind of breaking. First, my father left my mother. And, in the same way, someone left me. I have felt this flux endlessly. A shattering. A sameness. Then, loving you changed everything. WE DIED IN WATER is nonlinear and poetic, insisting that the act of recollection puts one’s heart in a prism, a place of distortion and vivid beauty. As it ebbs and deepens as the ocean does, a kaleidoscope of memories shift to express the same losses from infinite positions, every one different and newly devastating. A breathtaking reverie on the chaos of symmetry, it becomes something to return to again and again.


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This is a memoir that faces how every love story reflects the one before it. Like waves, people crash into each other before pulling back. I have always known this kind of breaking. First, my father left my mother. And, in the same way, someone left me. I have felt this flux endlessly. A shattering. A sameness. Then, loving you changed everything. WE DIED IN WATER is nonlin This is a memoir that faces how every love story reflects the one before it. Like waves, people crash into each other before pulling back. I have always known this kind of breaking. First, my father left my mother. And, in the same way, someone left me. I have felt this flux endlessly. A shattering. A sameness. Then, loving you changed everything. WE DIED IN WATER is nonlinear and poetic, insisting that the act of recollection puts one’s heart in a prism, a place of distortion and vivid beauty. As it ebbs and deepens as the ocean does, a kaleidoscope of memories shift to express the same losses from infinite positions, every one different and newly devastating. A breathtaking reverie on the chaos of symmetry, it becomes something to return to again and again.

30 review for We Died in Water

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meg Flores

    Thank you for opening your heart to my book and holding it close as it meets the world. Writing my memoir was like losing love all over again, and keeping some for myself. So, it means everything to me to be a part of whatever you’re feeling now. I often think how special it is, for us to meet across sentences and know our experiences are shared and, therefore, we are never alone in any loss. Follow me here on Goodreads or Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/bymegflores) to keep up-to-date with Thank you for opening your heart to my book and holding it close as it meets the world. Writing my memoir was like losing love all over again, and keeping some for myself. So, it means everything to me to be a part of whatever you’re feeling now. I often think how special it is, for us to meet across sentences and know our experiences are shared and, therefore, we are never alone in any loss. Follow me here on Goodreads or Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/bymegflores) to keep up-to-date with my writing and other upcoming events. Listen to the collaborative ‘We Died in Water’ soundtrack on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6Im...) and share the songs that carry you through your breakups and/or new happiness. Also, watch the ‘We Died in Water’ official trailer ft an excerpt voiceover (https://vimeo.com/333374210). You guys, my readers, the ones who stayed--my thanks is an ocean.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Holly Claire

    A powerful and healing read! The kind of book I’ll read again and again as my heart needs it. It hit so close to home 🥰😭 It allowed me to reflect a lot on my past relationships/current one and the difference between them. I cried all the way through it. It’s amazing how similar loss and love can be for us all...the cycles we all go through finding out what love really means and should be for us. I’ve found the love that feels like home for me, but sometimes I still need to grieve the past and th A powerful and healing read! The kind of book I’ll read again and again as my heart needs it. It hit so close to home 🥰😭 It allowed me to reflect a lot on my past relationships/current one and the difference between them. I cried all the way through it. It’s amazing how similar loss and love can be for us all...the cycles we all go through finding out what love really means and should be for us. I’ve found the love that feels like home for me, but sometimes I still need to grieve the past and this book is a great help with that. I’m also a water sign and lover of the ocean. The way the language flowed...the way the descriptions of love/loss and the ocean were intertwined was so touching to me. Highly recommend!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Loren Palmer

    captured my heart from beginning, true romantic author. very well written!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    Intimate and raw and yet open enough to allow the reader to fill in its own blanks. I am familiar with this style of writing and it’s one of my favorites. I found for me that this book read best during sunset over the course of a few weeks. It’s a perfect book read at the end of the summer. Even though it is about love and loss there was something so romantic with how Meg shares her story. She made me feel the ocean and the pain of loss and joy of letting go and loving again

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily Magers

    We Died In Water is like nothing I have read before yet something I have always needed. From someone who has lost love and found it again, I relate all too well to what Meg Flores was portraying. Her pain was my pain and her found love left me falling in love with mine all over again. These pages are a breath of fresh air. Like talking to your best friend who just gets it. Who sees your pain while also inviting you in to take a deeper look. Leaving you hope for the light at the end of the tunnel We Died In Water is like nothing I have read before yet something I have always needed. From someone who has lost love and found it again, I relate all too well to what Meg Flores was portraying. Her pain was my pain and her found love left me falling in love with mine all over again. These pages are a breath of fresh air. Like talking to your best friend who just gets it. Who sees your pain while also inviting you in to take a deeper look. Leaving you hope for the light at the end of the tunnel and the goodness that comes from brokennes. Liberating and honest. The vulnerability and realness is like nothing else I have ever read. The description so poetic and accurate it's like she used the words you have been trying to say to describe your journey all along but never knew how.. Meg is so incredibly talented with her words and the way she feels is so beautiful. A must read for anyone who has lost and found love, I promise you won't regret it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    I received an ARC through #netgalley. Meg Flores' book "We Died in Water" is a poetic memoir about love and loss. Overall, it feels imbalanced. There are hyper specific details amidst an extremely vague and generic story. Some of the visuals are enchanting and interesting while others are extremely lacking. One does not get to know the characters in the memoir which made it hard for me to feel connected while reading. Ultimately, "We Died in Water" was rather mediocre (much to my disappointment). I received an ARC through #netgalley. Meg Flores' book "We Died in Water" is a poetic memoir about love and loss. Overall, it feels imbalanced. There are hyper specific details amidst an extremely vague and generic story. Some of the visuals are enchanting and interesting while others are extremely lacking. One does not get to know the characters in the memoir which made it hard for me to feel connected while reading. Ultimately, "We Died in Water" was rather mediocre (much to my disappointment). HOWEVER I am interested in seeing Flores' future work though.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    The best poetry doesn’t follow a set of rules or fall victim to expectation. Just ask Bukowski. It doesn’t matter if it’s a lengthy paragraph or singular line. If it hits you in the gut or evokes emotion, it’s poetry. Meg Flores hit me where it hurts, several times and in the most therapeutic way. Loss shapes you and in this case, takes the form of water. So beautifully written. “I have seen only this: someone lets go first.”

  8. 5 out of 5

    (Xoch)

    5 stars.* While I was reading, I couldn't help but be reminded that the writing style was similar to Lana Del Rey's and I found out the author is a huge fan such as myself! I enjoyed reading this as I am very connected to the ocean. There's so many moments where I was able to feel what the author was feeling while reading, since grieving and loss is normal in life. I loved the descriptions of the waves and how things get taken away and then return, only to be taken away again. I felt very entranc 5 stars.* While I was reading, I couldn't help but be reminded that the writing style was similar to Lana Del Rey's and I found out the author is a huge fan such as myself! I enjoyed reading this as I am very connected to the ocean. There's so many moments where I was able to feel what the author was feeling while reading, since grieving and loss is normal in life. I loved the descriptions of the waves and how things get taken away and then return, only to be taken away again. I felt very entranced and reading every single line reminds me of how it feels to be near the ocean again, but with more sense of longing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Superb and Stunning - Meg Flores' emotional writing style ebbs and flows like the ocean pulling you in for deeper meaning- at times I couldn't even see the words on the pages because my eyes were filled with tears. Heartfelt and cathartic if you have ever lost in love - yet hopefull and dreamy that you will find a truer love not because of the situation but in spite of it. You can finish the book in one sitting which is great because you won't want to put it down anyhow.

  10. 5 out of 5

    sara

    By Meg Flores // Pub date Oct 1 2019.  Review also on my website: www.scientificstars.com I RECEIVED AN ARC FOR THIS BOOK. WRITING: ☆☆☆☆ OVERALL : ☆☆☆☆ This is all it takes to disbelieve a thing - a glimpse. A soft undoing. We Died In Water is a bewitching poetical memoir that forces the reader to fully grasp the journey enclosed - both the heartache and learning that comes about from a relationship.  Though I have no experience in heartbreak, in leaving or being left, I did find myself engrossed in ho By Meg Flores // Pub date Oct 1 2019.  Review also on my website: www.scientificstars.com I RECEIVED AN ARC FOR THIS BOOK. WRITING: ☆☆☆☆ OVERALL : ☆☆☆☆ This is all it takes to disbelieve a thing - a glimpse. A soft undoing. We Died In Water is a bewitching poetical memoir that forces the reader to fully grasp the journey enclosed - both the heartache and learning that comes about from a relationship.  Though I have no experience in heartbreak, in leaving or being left, I did find myself engrossed in how Flores manages to almost make her troubles seem artistic. She mixes paragraphs that drag you like sand meshing into the ocean ,  and a sentence or two crashing into you like waves. I found myself rereading pages, and pausing at some to just think about the hurt and continuity that both mother and daughter went through. We come apart and turn colorless. As someone who is very much into poetry, a couple of pages from this work has made itself into my journal. Thank you for pouring your heart into these pages.  If you would like to pick up a copy of We Died In Water, please visit your local book store or if you prefer to get yourself a signed copy, head to Flores' shop.  credits for my image, made using:  Ipad mockup: Anthony Boyd Graphics Scene mockup: Junnxy @ CM

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Payne-laird

    The vignettes take you on journey of your own life. The idea that all the ones we love lead to the next is so true. Flores' writing is beautiful in the use of the water metaphor. The reader feels like they are riding the waves of Flores' journey while remembering their own. A daring novel of honesty and craft.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Review to come.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emmy Marucci

    "We died in water. Like any fire would." A favorite line. A beautiful cover. A really dedicated writer. Dedicated to telling her story and dedicating to creating beautiful photography around it. All my admiration to a beautiful blossoming poet. A must-read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Preeti

    This is a poetically written memoir composed of short vignettes. While I thought the writing was incredibly beautiful, I also felt that her passages seemed repetitious. I think my younger college self would have connected to her story a lot more than where I am in life currently, but I think her story will resonate with others going from a breakup to a new love. The theme of beaches/oceans/water/waves kept coming up in many of her passages, which I understand was a very deliberate choice, but so This is a poetically written memoir composed of short vignettes. While I thought the writing was incredibly beautiful, I also felt that her passages seemed repetitious. I think my younger college self would have connected to her story a lot more than where I am in life currently, but I think her story will resonate with others going from a breakup to a new love. The theme of beaches/oceans/water/waves kept coming up in many of her passages, which I understand was a very deliberate choice, but sometimes it seemed a little forced. Overall I think this is a beautiful tiny book that will look great on a coffee table or nightstand, to be thumbed through occasionally. I think the author is very talented and I am looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    WE DIED IN WATER is so beautifully written. Meg Flores truly knows how to keep a reader locked in. It’s one of those books that everyone who has experienced heartbreak and love can relate too. The kind you read all in a weekend because you can’t put it down. I felt like I was at the ocean, riding the waves. Thank you, Meg Flores, for sharing something so captivating and personal.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beachesnbooks

    We Died in Water is a memoir told in short prose poems that focuses on themes of love and leaving, using the ocean to help tell the author's story in a variety of metaphors. The memoir itself mirrors the waves in structure, by repetition of the stories of loving and heartbreak that both the author and her mother experienced, stories that echo each other and force both the author and the reader to wonder if we are doomed to repeat our families' pasts. As someone who's always loved the ocean (as y We Died in Water is a memoir told in short prose poems that focuses on themes of love and leaving, using the ocean to help tell the author's story in a variety of metaphors. The memoir itself mirrors the waves in structure, by repetition of the stories of loving and heartbreak that both the author and her mother experienced, stories that echo each other and force both the author and the reader to wonder if we are doomed to repeat our families' pasts. As someone who's always loved the ocean (as you can probably garner from my account name), I loved the integration of waves and ocean imagery into the author's retelling of her story, and I found the writing overall to be lovely and fluid, while still retaining clarity, which can be difficult in a book with a nontraditional structure. It's a beautiful, thoughtful little book, and I'd recommend it if you enjoy unconventional structures, poetry, and the ocean. I received an early copy of We Died in Water from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bridget Park

    this is a nightstand book for me ~ meaning it is kept body-close through my days (and nights), opened again and again. this is a high accolade, to be a nightstand book. it is right beside (or on top of, or beneath, always close to) maggie nelson’s "bluets" which feels fitting. like water moves ~ drips, pulls, floods ~ so does flores muse and weave in and out of time, of memory. flores is a poet, to be sure, being both poetic, and honest; one can be one or the other, but to be poet requires both. this is a nightstand book for me ~ meaning it is kept body-close through my days (and nights), opened again and again. this is a high accolade, to be a nightstand book. it is right beside (or on top of, or beneath, always close to) maggie nelson’s "bluets" which feels fitting. like water moves ~ drips, pulls, floods ~ so does flores muse and weave in and out of time, of memory. flores is a poet, to be sure, being both poetic, and honest; one can be one or the other, but to be poet requires both. there are lines that stay with you. and even heart-close, you want to witness them (over and over) dotting the page. and so: near, near, near this one will stay.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vinny —.:* Film & Fiction

    —☽.。* Quick recap! ☆ Short synopsis: A poetic memoir about the tenderness of falling for a soul and the melancholy after getting pulled apart. ☆ Read this book if you're: Fan of long poetry style and incorporation of metaphoric use of the ocean, water, and waves. ☆ You might want to consider because: The heartbreak, loss, and grieving process were deeply explored in this book. I wish I could rate this book higher because I think Flores was amazing with her writing in this book. The exploration o —☽.。* Quick recap! ☆ Short synopsis: A poetic memoir about the tenderness of falling for a soul and the melancholy after getting pulled apart. ☆ Read this book if you're: Fan of long poetry style and incorporation of metaphoric use of the ocean, water, and waves. ☆ You might want to consider because: The heartbreak, loss, and grieving process were deeply explored in this book. I wish I could rate this book higher because I think Flores was amazing with her writing in this book. The exploration of fragility and tenderness when someone's loving another and in the opposite, the shadowing misery and tense when they realized a relationship is about to crumble, was narrated wonderfully. Unfortunately, I think this is one of those books that will be so much more resonating if you're in the correct state of feeling/mind when you're reading it. In conclusion, I was not the targeted reader for this debut and I couldn't resonate more with the whole story aside from its eloquent proses and words. Thank you to the author for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Neriah

    "Like the ocean, we kill something and still keep it alive." Wow! Just wow! Is it too quick to say that I absolutely CANNOT wait to read another Meg Flores book! This book is everything that I love reading about. This book has hypnotised me with its themes of losing the people you love, finding love again foreshadowed by the memories, finding beauty in those painful experieces and the fact it surrounds under the imagery of water, every aspect that I love reading about! Its a beautiful poetry memo "Like the ocean, we kill something and still keep it alive." Wow! Just wow! Is it too quick to say that I absolutely CANNOT wait to read another Meg Flores book! This book is everything that I love reading about. This book has hypnotised me with its themes of losing the people you love, finding love again foreshadowed by the memories, finding beauty in those painful experieces and the fact it surrounds under the imagery of water, every aspect that I love reading about! Its a beautiful poetry memoir of the poetess' and her journey in love and how every love in her life affected her next ones. In the end, she is all about her realisation that, with every end came the new beginning and every time she hopes this time to be different. I connected with this book at the core of my being! I really loved reading about someone who sees beauty even in times like that. I am trying to be less of a spoiler here. Wow! Absolute masterpiece! Period. Will I recommend it to others? I will forever be recommending this book! I don't care what genre Meg Flores writes in next but I will be reading it, I wouldn't even mind if its horror/paranormal, I am just grabbing that book! One of the best debut books I have read this year after Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. This is the only review so far I am writing without a sense of professionalism to it, whatever that is supposed to be. This is my honest review. I loved this book and I loved the way it was written. As soon as I turned the last page, my heart was broken. It wanted more! I'll be reading this book again very soon. This book is genius! I am sorry if I was repetitive, this book has blown my mind! <3

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristiana

    Flores' memoir is a stunning collection of prose and fragments which, through the use of the ocean as an extended metaphor, document the end of two relationships and the beginning of another when all is thought to be lost. "But so much of any love is questioned because of other love." Flores parallels the loss of a long-term relationship with the divorce of her parents. She demonstrates how much we know and believe about love is learnt from the people who raised us. Naively, we assume they must kn Flores' memoir is a stunning collection of prose and fragments which, through the use of the ocean as an extended metaphor, document the end of two relationships and the beginning of another when all is thought to be lost. "But so much of any love is questioned because of other love." Flores parallels the loss of a long-term relationship with the divorce of her parents. She demonstrates how much we know and believe about love is learnt from the people who raised us. Naively, we assume they must know what love is, until we are in their shoes and we too realise love is as transient as the tides. "I clouded loving with going because I have loved so many gone things." The above line had me in tears because it illustrated how masterfully Flores captures the loss, grief and hopelessness which accompanies love. The frightening fact being, the more we love, the greater loss we come to feel. Flores does not shy away from this truth. She admits love is frightening but that it must be. This is because one's journey into love is a feat; a free-fall into fear. Thus, toward the end of the memoir when Flores documents a new love, it is exhilarating, exciting and as if she has defied all of the odds. "Our love survived love." All told, We Died in Water is a raw and honest memoir which explores every shade of the ocean, beautifully; it subverts the genre and becomes a poetic work of art.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christine Jewel

    We Died In Water is singularly beautiful, and breathtaking. Meg Flores has an incredible talent for submerging you within the depth of emotion itself. A personal and yet stunningly inclusive memoir, this book reminds us there is love after love after love even still. This book is for any of us who have known love and lost it and found it again, or who are hoping to find it still - which is to say, this book is for anyone with the desire to feel known and kept - which is to say, this book is for We Died In Water is singularly beautiful, and breathtaking. Meg Flores has an incredible talent for submerging you within the depth of emotion itself. A personal and yet stunningly inclusive memoir, this book reminds us there is love after love after love even still. This book is for any of us who have known love and lost it and found it again, or who are hoping to find it still - which is to say, this book is for anyone with the desire to feel known and kept - which is to say, this book is for most (if not all) of us. To speak more personally: I first read We Died In Water during one of the most aching and fragile times of my life, in the midst of a significant relationship having just ended. This book, more than anything else, left me with a profound, precious peace, and helped me to grieve while believing it is OK to remember, to stand on the shore of that past and feel the waves, knowing there were others out there who had felt them before and would feel them after too. When I felt most alone and alienated, this book delicately reminded me, I wasn't. In short, it carried me from the start of an ending and has held me through it. It holds a piece of me still, and to anyone with a heart that has truly felt the immensity of love lost, it will hold you too. These words pierce your heart with the kind of light that shines long after you have first seen it. Like the metaphor of the ocean Meg uses throughout, this book calls you back to it. It is not something easily discarded or forgotten. Heartfelt, sincere, and extensive- We Died In Water is a stunning and stirring tribute to love itself, its echo unparalleled, gleaming with radiance and hope.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    “Now when I look out at oceans I imagine love to be as dedicated to extending itself. To move in ways that overspill as much as it must withdraw. And as the waves rearrange, I put my love there. I see the release in being immersed.” “We died in Water” is a poetic memoir surrounding around two main emotions, love and loss. I found I was looking in a window trying to catch up, for whatever I was looking at was already half way finished. When I fall into this category with reading, I make a subcons “Now when I look out at oceans I imagine love to be as dedicated to extending itself. To move in ways that overspill as much as it must withdraw. And as the waves rearrange, I put my love there. I see the release in being immersed.” “We died in Water” is a poetic memoir surrounding around two main emotions, love and loss. I found I was looking in a window trying to catch up, for whatever I was looking at was already half way finished. When I fall into this category with reading, I make a subconscious post-it that is it me and not the author’s work. I am not where this poet needs me to be to fully experience the words, images, and feelings expressed. I caught glimpses and enjoyed those parts. I think everyone should at least try to read poetry, for each person walks a different path, and maybe this collection would be more for you then it was for me, at this time. I also think poetry is something that can age with you, for the more experiences you have in life the more ability you will be able to associate with it. Kindly provided by NetGalley, Sept 2019.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sraah

    "but, maybe i imagined more than i felt." "this is what being left was like, a fixation on the nonexistence of things, of oneself." "i wanted to know what he knew of his own heart, but i wouldn't have listened. when i'm sad i don't want to hear anything real." "there is only one letter between love and lose." "you didn't die early even though you thought about it once. you pulled back from every ending to be alive with me." i've wanted to read this for quite awhile now, and i knew it'd be really spo "but, maybe i imagined more than i felt." "this is what being left was like, a fixation on the nonexistence of things, of oneself." "i wanted to know what he knew of his own heart, but i wouldn't have listened. when i'm sad i don't want to hear anything real." "there is only one letter between love and lose." "you didn't die early even though you thought about it once. you pulled back from every ending to be alive with me." i've wanted to read this for quite awhile now, and i knew it'd be really spot on with my current situation and already hardly even in, it is so relatable. i just finished and i want to cry, but i've cried for an entire month straight now since the love of my life left me. these words were exactly how i feel, but i don't want to accept the loss. i don't want to feel this absence. i just want my love back. i hurt so much. this book killed me and i already felt dead.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Fried

    I always have a bit of an issue rating books that are considered biographies or memoirs. I want to make clear that I'm not rating a person's experience, or their feelings, when in reality I base my ratings on my enjoyment of the book. That being said, I unfortunately didn't love We Died in the Fire. I think that my lack of enjoyment had to do mostly with my personal style and not the author's writing. I could see why so many people liked this book. It was raw and emotional, which I appreciated. I always have a bit of an issue rating books that are considered biographies or memoirs. I want to make clear that I'm not rating a person's experience, or their feelings, when in reality I base my ratings on my enjoyment of the book. That being said, I unfortunately didn't love We Died in the Fire. I think that my lack of enjoyment had to do mostly with my personal style and not the author's writing. I could see why so many people liked this book. It was raw and emotional, which I appreciated. It also had many lines that were incredibly moving. I think I just had a hard time following along at certain points, with some parts being incredibly metaphorical and others seeming to be incredibly specific to actual events in the author's life. Not that that's a bad thing, but I found some sections hard to relate to.I also found myself getting distracted very easily while reading We Died in Water and I'm not sure if that's because of the poetic style, or maybe I just wasn't in the right place to be reading it. As I mentioned, this book had some really beautiful sections and I would still suggest it others although I didn't enjoy it much myself. I'm interested to see what else Meg Flores writes and am definitely not opposed to picking something else up by her.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I absolutely loved We Died in the Water! Meg Flores writes a memoir that is open, vulnerable, and raw. She grants the reader an intimate look into her life as she examines the loss of two key relationships in her life; when her father left the family when she was a child, and of a key relationship that lasted eight years. In the most beautiful, lyrical prose, her reflections help her see the causes that led to the leavings, her coming to acknowledge her part in the loss of her personal relations I absolutely loved We Died in the Water! Meg Flores writes a memoir that is open, vulnerable, and raw. She grants the reader an intimate look into her life as she examines the loss of two key relationships in her life; when her father left the family when she was a child, and of a key relationship that lasted eight years. In the most beautiful, lyrical prose, her reflections help her see the causes that led to the leavings, her coming to acknowledge her part in the loss of her personal relationship, the impact of the leavings on current and future relationships, and the blessings she has gained from them. This is such a beautiful, warm, flowing book that I read it entirely in one sitting. I highly recommend it! Many thanks to NetGalley and IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association) for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kandis Marino

    WE DIED IN WATER - A unique and emotive take on love, loss and the beauty that comes out of it. This memoir is nothing like I've ever read or experienced, it's thought provoking, creates an emotional response and makes you fit right into this relatable read. It's inviting and raw, real and resonating in the best way possible. Meg Flores and her exploration on love through the ocean and its waves truly brings forth personal and honest pivotal life moments we can all sink our heart into. Her words WE DIED IN WATER - A unique and emotive take on love, loss and the beauty that comes out of it. This memoir is nothing like I've ever read or experienced, it's thought provoking, creates an emotional response and makes you fit right into this relatable read. It's inviting and raw, real and resonating in the best way possible. Meg Flores and her exploration on love through the ocean and its waves truly brings forth personal and honest pivotal life moments we can all sink our heart into. Her words are eloquently used to draw the reader in and it will be a book I will keep coming back to over and over again! IT. IS. SO. GOOD. These words have become a way that I not only see my story in a different light but am able to view others stories in a new light as well. Meg is a poetic genius, you need this book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

    4.5! I received a signed copy of this book via a GoodReads contest. This is an interesting little poetical memoir about a journey through love, being left, and finding love again. Everyone should be able to resonate with this to some extent. Even if you haven't been left, you likely have felt the fear that comes with worrying that you may be. If you haven't felt either of those things consider yourself lucky and jump into this quick read for an empathetic ride. While it is a memoir, it also plays 4.5! I received a signed copy of this book via a GoodReads contest. This is an interesting little poetical memoir about a journey through love, being left, and finding love again. Everyone should be able to resonate with this to some extent. Even if you haven't been left, you likely have felt the fear that comes with worrying that you may be. If you haven't felt either of those things consider yourself lucky and jump into this quick read for an empathetic ride. While it is a memoir, it also plays as a bit of a self-help book, and I will be interested to re-read it when I am in different emotional states to see what else I can get out of this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathie Duame

    Although this book is not a collection of poems, it has the rhythm of one long poem. I have to admit, poetry is not my favorite genre so I may be a little more reluctant to give it a great review compared to someone who truly enjoys poetry. When I first started the book I just couldn’t grasp the water metaphor or quite understand why the author uses “he” and “you” throughout the book. So I decided to go back to the beginning and try again, but unfortunately the things I found frustrating in the Although this book is not a collection of poems, it has the rhythm of one long poem. I have to admit, poetry is not my favorite genre so I may be a little more reluctant to give it a great review compared to someone who truly enjoys poetry. When I first started the book I just couldn’t grasp the water metaphor or quite understand why the author uses “he” and “you” throughout the book. So I decided to go back to the beginning and try again, but unfortunately the things I found frustrating in the first read lingered for me. I wish I could say I loved this book since I won it as a Goodreads giveaway but for me it was just not enjoyable.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    This book had so much promise. I feel as though the editor let the author down. What made my skin crawl most was the choice not to use any other punctuation besides periods and the incessant “just like my father left my mother” on every single page. There are truly beautiful moments in this book and there is plenty to relate to. It’s almost triggering and forces you to reflect on your own past loves. I even enjoyed the choice to do single sentences on pages. But it’s potential was far from reach This book had so much promise. I feel as though the editor let the author down. What made my skin crawl most was the choice not to use any other punctuation besides periods and the incessant “just like my father left my mother” on every single page. There are truly beautiful moments in this book and there is plenty to relate to. It’s almost triggering and forces you to reflect on your own past loves. I even enjoyed the choice to do single sentences on pages. But it’s potential was far from reached and reads like an unedited diary. Also: I won this book in a giveaway and the author put a handwritten note in the book for me. So kind! I hope her next books reach new heights.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stevie

    We died in water. Like any fire would. Wow. Wow. Wow. This book is an intimate look at generational loss and how that loss comes back again and again. It is wholly beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. Meg Flores is so vulnerable and honest in her writing that her pain becomes my pain. Her tears are my tears. The metaphor of water is so artfully woven throughout the pages of this book. It is tears and death and baptism. This book is one that will stay with me. I was given a copy of this book fro We died in water. Like any fire would. Wow. Wow. Wow. This book is an intimate look at generational loss and how that loss comes back again and again. It is wholly beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. Meg Flores is so vulnerable and honest in her writing that her pain becomes my pain. Her tears are my tears. The metaphor of water is so artfully woven throughout the pages of this book. It is tears and death and baptism. This book is one that will stay with me. I was given a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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