Like I said, just because I couldn’t push myself through it, doesn’t mean it’s horrible. The writing is solid, the plot is okay, and the characters are decent. I can see some people enjoying this, if you don’t mind a really slow set up.
I recommend this book for people who love young adult contemporary romances, with a splash of mystery. They make a lot of references to old fashioned mystery books, so it’s a great shout-out book. I highly recommend it.
In one of Taylor Hale’s tweets, she describes The Summer I Drowned as a “beach read.” I wouldn’t consider this a beach read, but it is quick and easy. If you’re looking for a psychological thriller with some light romance, this could be for you.
If you like darker young adult novels about sea monsters and secrecy, pick this one up. Deeplight has a little bit of everything, except for romance. There are splashes of deaf culture and sign language throughout the novel, as well as rich characterization. The only weak spots, in my opinion, were in the plot and the point of view switches.