Jake Hyde doesn’t swim––not since his father drowned. Luckily, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which is in the middle of the desert, yet he yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown for a college on the coast. But his best friend, Maria, wants nothing more than to make a home in the desert, and Jake’s mother encourages him to always play it safe.
There’s nothing “safe” about Jake’s future—not when he’s attracted to Kenny Liu, swim team captain and rebel against conformity. And certainly not when he secretly applies to Miami University. Jake’s life begins to outpace his small town’s namesake, which doesn’t make it any easier to come out to his mom, or Maria, or the world.
But Jake is full of secrets, including the strange blue markings on his skin that glow when in contact with water. What power will he find when he searches for his identity, and will he turn his back to the current or dive headfirst into the waves?
I gave this a four out of five stars. I really enjoyed the art style of You Brought Me The Ocean. I really enjoyed the story, I liked the friendship between Jake and Maria. I also like the relationship between Jake and Kenny. I like the story of Jake accepting his sexuality. I liked the mention of superman and Aquaman. There wasn’t a lot of action in the plot but I still loved this. I want to get more into the new DC Comics. I have read a couple and I have really enjoyed them.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC copy for me to review.
This book features two queer characters and POC.
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