More Than Water by Renee Ericson
Publication Date: 22 June 2015
It doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t feel wrong. It just...feels.EJ Cunning, an art history major, dates musicians. Foster Blake, a chemical engineering major, can’t sing a tune. They’re not each other’s type. They’re coworkers. Then, one night leads to sex—sex between friends—which leads to an agreement. It all seems so simple—but nothing ever is. Many layers build a person’s facade. Look into the depths for what’s hidden within. It’s more than water.
It’s a story—a living and breathing substance beyond the reflective surface.
“That place suffocated me—not just the workplace, all of Manhattan. The constant clack of six-inch heels, prim bun hairdos sculpted by gay men with names like Ms. Marcus, and pressed suits made of fine overpriced designer linen fabric oppressed every part of my being. New York City is a machine, and while there, I was an unwilling cog forced into the ritual of pedicures and vapid living.”
EJ Cunning is running from everything her family stands for. While she loves them, she doesn’t feel she has lived up to their pretentious expectations. Not wanting to fit the mold they have made for her, she flees New York and an Ivy League education for a smaller, art college. A place where she can not only rebel but flourish. It’s only a matter of time before she has to go back to society parties and prearranged relationships.
“However, art is my life and my official minor while at the university. I bleed my struggles onto the canvas, into my sculptures, and through my drawings. I create compulsively. It’s my therapy and my way to make all the complexities right within my mind. My family does not embrace my form of creativity. They shun it.”
Seeing as while she is in school, she is on her own and finding a job to occupy her downtime, since she and relationships are NOT friends, is the perfect distraction.
With not much to choose from, she finds herself in the engineering library on campus…with Foster Blake.
He’s harmless enough, and definitely not interested in the dating thing either…but that doesn’t stop a crazy night of drinking to turn into more amongst friends.
“As we continue to move our bodies in cadence with one another, a strange sensation comes over me. Foster is different. I feel different. The sex is different than any I’ve ever experienced before. It doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t feel wrong. It just…feels.”
And this where the story got me…hook, line, and sinker. Okay, that’s a lie. I fell in love from the very first page. Ericson has an innate talent for mixing witty banter with tender moments. Her intelligence shines through on every page and I would love nothing more than to sit and have HER ‘talk nerdy to me’. I loved this book, suffice to say, my favorite so far this year…and I’ve read some amazing books this year. Her words captivated, her characters ensnared from the beginning. Both artistically and scientifically, I was moved. Okay that’s a lie too. It was so much MORE than that!
The characters held an enigmatic appeal I’ve seldom found in stories. Usually I can figure them out right away, but these two, EJ and Foster…I enjoyed every mysterious moment.
I really don’t know what else to say except this book moved me. Like More than Water…and made me realize how beautiful life melds together with passion. Passion for art…and science.
**5+ Moved Beyond Words, Stars**