"Dive Smack is a contemporary novel full of deception and manipulation, with an unreliable narrator who holds the truth of his past locked away in his own head. It shows the ups and downs of coping with loss while trying to live a normal life when your world is everything but normal and you keep seeing things your dead mother told you not to tell anyone about.
Through the eyes of competitive diver Theo Mackey, you’ll feel the excitement and awkwardness of asking out your crush for the first time, as well as the pain of haunting memories and hallucinations that hijack your mind and point to truths too painful to accept.
As someone who normally reads female protagonists, I loved that while reading this I wasn’t thinking about the character’s gender. It felt natural to be inside a teenage boy’s head. I was simply reading engaging writing and endearing characters I wanted to learn more and more about. Demetra Brodsky’s book is an amazing debut and exciting story to see in the young adult community.”
"A tense psychological drama with a voice that pulls you in and a twist you won't see coming."--Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten
A 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection
Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match.
Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo's mind, for good reason. Maybe it's better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A's and solid friends, he's only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind.
But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make Theo question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone--including himself.
"Heartbreaking, human and heroic, Demetra Brodsky's Dive Smack is a Perfect 10 "-- Karen LaFace, 1992 USA Olympic Springboard Diver