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The Same Deep Water as You: A Dark Coming of Age Novella by [Chad Lutzke]

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07MLPX59J
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Static Age Books (11 January 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11784 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 122 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1791711510
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 34 ratings

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sarah jane huntington
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 July 2021
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Cassie Lola
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting & nostalgic
Reviewed in the United States on 14 July 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting & nostalgic
Reviewed in the United States on 14 July 2019
I’m no stranger to Chad Lutzke’s writing, but each time I read something new of his, I’m blown away. His horror is usually extremely emotional and impactful, and while this little novella doesn’t have the same elements of “horror” that some of his other works do, the emotional punch is just as gutting.

It feels like it was written about the author’s own past, as if he were relating a totally factual story that had happened to him years before. I don’t know if any of it is based on fact, but it just goes to show how great his storytelling is that I feel as if I could be sitting next to a friend with a drink, hearing all of this from his point of view.

Lutzke’s writing is haunting and nostalgic, creating an atmosphere tinged with the sort of lens flares and fade out effects you’d expect from a disposable camera in the early 90s. The story is told from the perspective of 19-year-old Jex, who is very relatable. All the characters are developed and realistic, and some reminded me of other kids I’d known in high school. I loved how perfect Lutzke’s depiction of kids from this age was – this would especially work as a short film, the disillusioned youth thing working alongside an amazing soundtrack curated by Lutzke himself.

Throughout the story are also little photographs, which I liked – it’s fun having different things in a book for me, and little extra stuff like this is really cool. Speaking of cool, the cover is also one of my favorites of the entire year so far – how gorgeous is the artwork? It’s ghostly and beautiful and ethereal, very much like Lutzke’s story itself. Very fitting!

Definitely check this one out, or any of Lutzke’s other books! He’s got such a talent for creating raw, heartbreaking stories, and I’m keeping him on my insta-buy list for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shot in the Heart!
Reviewed in the United States on 17 January 2019
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J. J. Questore
5.0 out of 5 stars A great “coming-of-age” story from a master in the genre !
Reviewed in the United States on 7 March 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great “coming-of-age” story from a master in the genre !
Reviewed in the United States on 7 March 2019
Last year at this time, I wrote a review on Chad Lutzke’s “Stirring The Sheets”. I said, jokingly, how much I hated him because his novella forced me to go beyond my standard treadmill workout (read my review for the whole story, but I loved his comment of, “Never had another man’s thighs angry at me…I’ll take it!”). Because of that, I learned my lesson – this time, I read “The Same Deep Water As You” in paperback, and not on the treadmill… and he STILL managed to cause me pain! Only this time, it wasn’t physical, it was emotional.

Chad fancies himself a horror writer, and while he is good in that “box”, he excels in the “coming of age” story – by leaps and bounds! Many people who write those types of stories usually do so like they are outside looking in. Chad, on the other hand, writes them like he lived them. Whether it’s about a boy living at home with his dead mother in order to win a spelling bee, or a boy with a skull for a face, or just a bunch of friends trying to survive a summer, his writing comes across as autobiographical. Because of that, his stories have a magic that only a few writers are able to convey.

“The Same Deep Water As You” was one of those stories that you can’t put your finger on. As you read it, you’re not sure what the end game is. At times it meanders, gets disconnected, takes a left when you were expecting a right, and seems completely random – but in the context of the story, it works beautifully, in a way that defies logic.

In it, we follow the escapades Jax, a skateboarding, beer drinking, music listening, 19-year-old with little direction; like most of us at that age (and if you can’t relate, you are either younger than 19, or you’re full of it – you may not have been drinking, but the rest is 100% true. Don’t lie.). He has the typical friends we all did, the rich kid, the joker, the screwup, and all the other’s from “The Breakfast Club”. Only one has a horrible secret and let’s Jax in on it.

You will read the last sentence with your heart torn out of your chest, and a lump in your throat – and you will be just as pissed as I am at Chad, because he follows the old adage: “Leave them wanting more.”
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Ivan Friant
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story!! Great lessons!!
Reviewed in the United States on 24 July 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story!! Great lessons!!
Reviewed in the United States on 24 July 2020
Ok let’s start with the missing star. It’s as simple as me not knowing anything about punk rock or heavy metal. I’m too sheltered so most of that just went right over my head! But aside from that, I really liked this book! The story was beautiful and the characters were real and emotional. I found myself tearing up several times while reading. I liked how Lutzke seemed to both confirm and break stereotypes, depending on the character. Jex grew up. He embraced his individuality, yet he matured and tried to adapt to what he wanted his future to be. And I loved his working his way thru the difference between love and lust! I would almost say that mature teens should read this book, but very mature. There are great lessons in this book and I can think of several people I know who would benefit from, or even just enjoy this book! Lutzke has a list of other books and I definitely want to read them!
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