Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Book Review: Not a Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not a Drop to Drink
Not a Drop To Drink by Mindy Mcginnis
Book Summary: Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

Liana's Summary: Water was scarce. Lynn had to defend her pond, and protecting meant shooting all those who dared to come near it. With her mother's face being the only face that she'd ever known, it wasn't hard to shoot everyone and anyone. But when she gets to know Stebbs, Eli, Lucy, and Neva, Lynn starts to think about it. Those people and animals are just trying to survive. Just like her. Mindy McGinnis takes you on a journey through the futuristic United States, where there is not a drop to drink..

Rate(1-10): 7

This book was okay.

It wasn't the best, and it wasn't bad or tedious or anything like that. It just wasn't the best. (But I do have to say that Mindy is an extremely good writer. Man. I just think this story didn't work for me.)

Still, this was a good demonstration on how life would be like in the future if water went scarce. And I'm sure that day will come. (But this generation ain't gon' be alive by then. Ha. Hahaha. I hope.)

This story is about Lynn (she's fab), who's known no one but her mother until she gets to know Stebbs, who is a fatherly figure and might as well be her father (but sadly he's not), Eli, Lucy, and Neva. Well, the story just takes a turn from there. It's kind of disgruntling and sort of funny at the same time how Lynn doesn't really know anything about the world, and all of a sudden Eli is there to tell her about it.

Eli is her.. 'love interest' . Sort of. I was excited when Eli came into the story. Because boy meets girl = romance. Well, I hoped, anyway. I was mildly amused. Oh well, at least Lynn got to kiss him and understand what flirting was before it happened.

I don't know. I wasn't really into this story. I mean, this book received a lot of hype on social networks, but I don't really think it lived up to it for me. Still, it's a pretty interesting story and it's nice to know what happens next, page after page.


"It's a girl."

Nawwwww it's a boy -_____-

"Take her with you."


"I'll laugh when something's funny,"

oh my god Lynn's my hero

"Keep away from me, you fucking perverted cripple!"


"She's a good-looking woman,.."

Look who has a crush hehehe

"She's pretty," he said defensively.

"Pretty useless."

oh my goodness the best comeback ever

"..don't do anything stupid like sing."

This is too much

"We're going to have to find a shared vocabulary before I can flirt."


"By then he'd knocked your mom up--uh, I mean, Lauren was pregnant.."


"Who said that's the end of that backrub?"


"Eli slipped his shirt off and slid in beside her,.."


"What then? That's how Mother always kissed me."

Lynn can you not


This is such an inside joke now they use it so much

"She shot him neatly in the forehead, leaving behind a black hole.."


That's it! What do you think of this review?


  1. Sucks that this was just mediocre for you. I still want to check it out. It sounds worth reading even if it doesn't live up to the hype. Few books ever do. Great review.

  2. I've heard so much about this book. I hope I'll be able to read it soon!

    Johanna @ ChallengingReads


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