Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore

Posted March 14, 2016 by Christy || 5 Comments

Thicker Than Water by Kelly FioreThicker Than Water by Kelly (Fiore) Stultz
Published by Harper Teen on January 5th 2016
Pages: 320

Cecelia Price killed her brother. At least, that’s what the police and the district attorney are saying. And although Cecelia is now locked up and forced into treatment, she knows the real story is much more complicated.

Cyrus wasn’t always the drug-addled monster he’d become. He was a successful athlete, but when an injury forced him off the soccer field and onto pain medication, his life became a blur of anger, addiction, and violence. All CeCe could do was stand by and watch, until she realized one effective way to take away her brother’s drugs while earning the money she needed for college: selling the pills.

Soon, CeCe becomes part drug dealer, part honor student. But even when all she wants is to make things right, she learns that sometimes the best intentions lead to the worst possible outcome.

Thicker than Water is an unforgettable dark, harrowing look into the disturbing truth of drug addiction and the desperate love of a sister watching her brother deteriorate before her eyes.

I have been so excited to read this book.  I mean, did you read the first sentence in that synopsis? If not, let me provide it for you:

Cecelia Price killed her brother.

Intriguing, isn’t it? I thought so.  But, let me tell you, the whole story is much more enthralling.  Kelly Fiore takes us on a rollercoaster of a ride with Cecelia’s story.  I will warn you though, there are some serious topics presented in this book.  Things like drugs, jail and a mental facility.  However, it is all portrayed so realistically and I applaud Fiore for that.

I’m not going to go into a deep summary of the book, that’s what the synopsis is for.  Instead, I’m going to break down what I liked about it.

›› Cecelia – I really felt a connection with her, despite that opening sentence in the synopsis.  I feel like everything she felt was so raw and honest.  She made some mistakes but I feel like by the end of the book she really learned from them and was trying to make the best of a bad situation.

›› Formatting – I loved the fact that this book was told in past and present.  I feel like it added a little something extra to the book and it let us get to know Cecelia before and after.

›› Dark Issues – As morbid as that may sound, I really love books that deal with the tougher topics in life.  Mostly because life isn’t always sunshine and butterflies.  Some days it’s hard and these books reflect that.    Also, I apparently like getting my heart broken cause I keep picking these types of books up.

 The last thing I need to do here is start seeing something beautiful in the disaster around me.

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5 responses to “Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore

  1. Christy, I totally loved this one too!!! I felt very similar to you about this one. I actually enjoyed the darker elements because they were done so beautifully. And despite Cecelia’s “issue”, I did end up really liking her as a character and felt for her quite a bit. Great review, hun! 🙂

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