Review: Not A Drop To Drink

Aug •  7 •  2013

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Review: Not A Drop To DrinkNot A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 24th 2013
Genres: Young Adult- Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Paragraphs Books

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.

I was a little skeptical in picking this book up being that I’m a burnt out on dystopian novels. I practically read every scenario there can be, so I had high expectations that this books will capture me. It did.

Plot: This is what really got me. I love the plot. You have this girl, raised hard (emotional & physically) during a time where water is gone.  She lives out alone with her mother and they do everything for themselves. These girls are just WOW. Imagine being raised to kill in order to survive. It really is just mind blowing. Every time I turn the page, I got more into the world the Ms. MsGinnis created and could not get out of it.

Love: Despite being out in the middle of nowhere, there are time to time people who cross by. I won’t give much but a group comes and the next thing you know it, they become close. I really love this aspect of the story being that Lynn never knew love. Remember, she was raised to either kill or be killed. She has no idea of the emotions swirling in her heart are. She didn’t realize that her heart could feel this way.  I loved watching her fall in love for the first time. It is EPIC.

Ending: Damn, girl! You know, when I reached about 75% into the story, I felt pretty comfortable with the world and with Lynn. Her heart had soften up due to learning new things (like falling in love). When she went to fight, HOT DAMN! This chick went from nice girl to “I’m gonna kill anyone who stands in my way” in seconds. When she pulled the trigger…I gasp and then laughed. Cause man, she really blew me away.

Take it from me, that this dystopian novel will rile you up. Dark and riveting, Not A Drop To Drink packs a punch. A courageous girl, fighting to live, is worthy of reading. A ripping tale that is raw and genuine, Not A Drop To Drink is an superb debut.

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Aug 7, 2013

    I really wanted to read this one Savy, but I made Melissa tell me how everything ended because she knows me so well and knows what bothers me, and she told me I wouldn’t be a fan of the ending! So, I’m going to pass on this one, but it does sound intense and awesome and I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Candace
    Aug 7, 2013

    I certainly don’t mind being riled up… I’m also burnt out on a dystopian’s, but I’ve been a bit curious about this. Sounds like a must read!

  3. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Aug 7, 2013

    I am reading this soon and I’m very excited because it looks soooo good!

  4. Oh I know what you mean about being burnt out, but this sounds fab! If you loved it so much, I need to read it. I love that it is raw and genuine. Totally sold me.

  5. I was really skeptical about this too. The summary sounds good but it just has that feeling that’s it’s been done before. I’m so glad you loved it! Your review makes it sound awesome and I’m definitely going to have to give this one a shot now!