A Powerful & Gritty Story | Review of ‘Still Waters’

By: Cynthia Ayala

Still Waters by Ash Parsons:
Philomel Books

Still Waters by Ash Parsons is a young adult story that follows high school senior Jason, an outsider who becomes sucked into the popular crowd for dangerous and life threatening reasons. Published on April 21, 2015 by Philomel Books, a children’s imprint of Penguin Books.

This incredibly gritty novel does not pull any punches, literally. Jason suffers from an abusive household; one where he takes the punches his father throws to protect his little sister. The constant abuse forces him to take on a job becoming a lackey for Michael, the school jock and regular manipulating sociopath. However, there is more to the job than detailed, and as the story unfolds, it becomes darker and unsuspecting. Continue reading “A Powerful & Gritty Story | Review of ‘Still Waters’”