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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Review - Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally

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Review by Suze

Maggie's dream is being an Olympic swimming champion and she's willing to do anything for it. That also means she's giving up most of her regular teenage experiences. Maggie has never has a boyfriend and she also never hooked up with someone, something her friends have all done. She's interested in boys, but it doesn't seem to happen. That's why she has a plan, she'll ask her best friend Levi to give her some lessons, so she'll have experience next time she's with a guy. Is this a wise thing to do and will their friendship survive this idea?

When Maggie starts to develop feelings for Levi she knows she's in over her head. Levi is also on the swimming team and has the same goals when it comes to his career. Maggie isn't good at shutting out her feelings when she's at a swimming match, so her moods influence her results. Will being with Levi have a positive or a negative effect on her swimming? Will she be able to swim fast enough to be able to go to the Olympics and will her heart remain in one piece in the process?

Coming Up for Air is a great story about love, lust and swimming. Maggie can swim really fast and reaching her goals is incredibly important to her. When she realizes she's missed a lot of experiences others her age do have because of chasing this dream she asks her best friend Levi for help. They're really sweet together and their friendship is deep and meaningful, so this is quite a risk. I was anxious to discover what would happen between them and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out.

Miranda Kenneally has written a fantastic honest story. I love the open way she writes about feelings, sex and not wanting to be the only one without any experience. It makes her story refreshing and interesting. She combines romance with sports, which is a wonderful combination. I love how she describes the thrill of being in the pool and fight for that desired time while true love is blossoming. Coming Up for Air is a dynamic and fascinating story.

Advice

If you love romantic YA stories about athletes you will definitely like Coming Up for Air. It's the eighth book in the Hundred Oaks series, but can easily be read as a standalone.

21 comments:

  1. I can see where this is going and it sound fun. Sweet cover too.

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  2. It sounds like a lovely sweet story. :) Young first love possibly sounds delightful :)

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  3. I enjoy YA. The fact that it’s centered around swimming appears to me, and the relationship in the story sounds intriguing as well.

    Adding to my TBR :)

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  4. Love the sound of this one!

    --Trix

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  5. I absolutely loved the first book in the series so I don't know why I didn't contimue with it. I should.

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  6. I really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me so thank you for the reveal!

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  7. I absolutelly love Miranda Kenneally. I've read her books before and loved them dearly. I already own this one, but have yet to read it. I'm looking forward to.

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  8. I have this series on my wishlist,looking forward to read :)

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  9. I have only read one of Miranda's books but this one sounds amazing! Adding TBR

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  10. It sounds like the perfect romance :)

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  11. Sounds like a light, cute sweet read!

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  12. I'd like to see how Maggie's & Levi's relationship develops.

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  13. A close friends daughter is aiming to be in the 2020 olympics and works so hard towards this. It’s constant work towards achieving the dream even at the expense of being a teenager.

    It will be interesting to read about how it feels.

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  14. This sounds like a realistic teen love story.

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  15. I know a teen girl who would love this. Walk your own path!

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  16. Sounds like a great heartwarming romance, looking forward to reading it!

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  17. This sounds like a sweet YA read, I look forward to reading it!

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  18. I used to swim 50 lengths everyday in a bid to become the best in the school but never dreamed of Olympic glory!

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