Water In May

Reviewed by Melanie on September 25, 2017


Mari is Dominican, pregnant, and a fighter. Honestly her improper grammar almost made me quit reading before chapter three. Then we learn about Angelo.

The writing style is a bit difficult to follow. Once I finished the book I found the guide to slange in the back, but this wasn’t very helpful on my Kindle. Overall, I skipped the Dominican and read the rest of the book. The story takes off quickly and while Mari is harsh, and a bit rough around the edges, overall the book was enjoyable and easy to finish.

I’ve already talked a bit about Mari, but want to talk a bit more about her. In the beginning of the book, I really disliked her. She’s brash and always looking for a fight. After getting to know her a bit more, I realized that she’s a strong woman. She’s determined to protect her baby at all costs.

Overall, Water in May is a touching story about a mother’s love. Even if the mother is young, unmarried, and stands up for what she believes is right. Water in May has a lot of medical jargon, but it’s explained brilliantly, by Dr. Love. It’s a heartfelt story, that I will carry with me in the future.

Water in May Book Cover Water in May
Ismée Amiel Williams
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Amulet Books
Kindle eBook

Fifteen-year-old Mari Pujols believes that the baby she’s carrying will finally mean she’ll have a family member who will love her deeply and won’t ever leave her—not like her mama, who took off when she was eight; or her papi, who’s in jail; or her abuela, who wants as little to do with her as possible. But when doctors discover a potentially fatal heart defect in the fetus, Mari faces choices she never could have imagined.

Surrounded by her loyal girl crew, her off-and-on boyfriend, and a dedicated doctor, Mari navigates a decision that could emotionally cripple the bravest of women. But both Mari and the broken-hearted baby inside her are fighters; and it doesn’t take long to discover that this sick baby has the strength to heal an entire family.

Inspired by true events, this gorgeous debut has been called “heartfelt, heartbreaking and—yes!—even a little heart-healing, too” by bestselling YA novelist Carolyn Mackler.

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