Title: Coming Up For Air
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: July 1, 2017
Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.
All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?
I received this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
While browsing through ARC’s on NetGalley, I stumbled upon this one and thought the cover was gorgeous and I knew I wanted to read it so I sent in a request and it was on my kindle within a week! Sadly, I didn’t really get into the book until about 40% of the way in. I felt like the characters were not mature at all, especially Maggie, who thought ‘hooking up’ was the mature/adult thing to do. I was honestly ready to put this book down after a few chapters, but I felt like I needed to finish it and give it the chance to redeem itself.
It was nice to at least see my character struggling with having a romantic life because swimming was taking up all her time. That gave this story a bit more substance. I would have liked to see more reasons why she was attracted to Levi and see a bit earlier his interaction with other girls at swim meets. Toward the end, mostly at the swim meets, I felt like a lot of it was the author making a list of activities that Maggie was going. ‘Coach took us to the hotel, then we got ready, then we got in the van to go swim…’
I feel like this book could have been a 4/5 stars for me, but the maturity level of Maggie was very low even though she kept saying how mature she was. She didn’t seem like a 17 year old girl, she seemed to be a few years younger to me.
The first three chapters and the epilogue were my least favorite parts. I was so lost during the epilogue but soon realized it was another set of characters from a previous book, but after a few paragraphs I just skipped that part.
I’d recommend this book to high school students, if you’re like me and you’re in your 20’s still reading YA, you might want to pass on this one.