Book Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Title: Not a Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Published: 2013
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Synopsis: Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand. But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

My Rating: red-starred-starred-starred-star

And now for something completely different!

In this YA dystopian we are introduced to Lynn, raised in rural Ohio, her mother the only person she’s every interacted with. Why the isolation? Because society has crumbled and the extreme water shortage has forced her mother to guard their small pond by the gun and this is how Lynn, now a teen, has been raised.

I liked this book for a variety of reasons:

  • This story is about Lynn and letting people in and caring for them. The love-story is very very secondary to Lynn’s own path. This is NOT a YA romance, this is truly a survival story about a girl determined to live. It was so refreshing.
  • The girl was 100% stronger and tougher than the boy.
  • There was an actual realistic ending, this was not a sappy ending, this was a rough pioneer-type of ending.
  • McGinnis is NOT afraid to kill people, jfc!

Overall, this was a quick read – it satisfied my readathon need, it was a page turner and I am glad I started with this one for my McGinnis introduction, I’m actually excited to see what else she’s written. This is not over deep, keep in mind that it’s still YA, this is like a baby version of The Road but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.


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