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.
Over the past year or so, I have been absolutely loving contemporary novels. That’s what really attracted me to the story of Thicker Than Water, though it was a dark contemporary, which made me love it even more.
I really liked how this story was told. There were story parts where it was told in present-tense in the past, which was pretty cool. Those parts including lots of information about Cyrus when he was alive, as well as tons of information about his drug-obsession. Then there were also the parts that were actually helping now, where the reader got to see what was going on inside the facility where Cece was staying.
Another thing that really stood out to me in this story was the way that Kelly Stultz expertly wove the history of what actually went down throughout the story. You didn’t really know what happened until towards the end, though you could guess throughout the whole book.