I received this book for free from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: July 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports & Recreation, Young Adult Fiction
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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 tryout, so Maggie 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.
No 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 sacrifice in the water to win at love?
Happy release day to Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally! I’ve only read two of Kenneally’s previous Hundred Oaks books so far (Catching Jordan and Racing Savannah) and I have to say I have come to expect a cute contemporary that gives me all the feels and Coming Up for Air did not disappoint. In fact, I think this one is my favorite one yet! This is a short and sweet review because it was so cute I just can’t think of what to say except:
BUY IT. Just buy it and thank me later.
Maggie has been swimming for as long as she can remember. Her entire childhood and now teenage years have been dedicated to perfecting her craft in order to qualify for the Olympic trials. Because of her rigorous swim schedule and workouts, she’s missed out on the whole dating aspect of high school. She has a close-knit group of friends: Georgia, Hunter, and her best friend, Levi. They all seem to be more experienced than her but swimming is her life. Can she afford to take a little detour to explore other aspects of the high school experience?
I’ll just cut to the chase. I love Maggie and Levi. They have one of those long standing friendships that make you jealous. Best friends, there for each other no matter what, the works. They also have some crazy chemistry which I loved seeing blossom. Their story had tension, depth, frustrations, love, and was just so well-rounded and I felt like their situation was so realistic. It was awesome. I totally ship them.
The secondary characters were also written super well, too. Each of Maggie’s friends had their own battles and issues they had to face and I enjoyed not only getting to learn more about them but loved seeing the four interact as a group.
Aside from Maggie and Levi’s evolving relationship, the plotline of Maggie’s swim dreams was so enjoyable to read. I’m a huge summer Olympics fan and I could watch the swimming heats all day long. Kenneally said in her acknowledgments she loved swimming but didn’t know enough about it to write this story. She certainly did her research and did it well. I loved getting to see what it’s like for someone striving to get to the Trials and watching Maggie compete for her dreams and conquer her inner self-doubt too.
Overall, I just really enjoyed everything about Coming Up for Air: the characters, Maggie and Levi’s relationship, the Olympic dream and what it takes to get there, and everything in between. I read this in one afternoon, y’all. I would’ve read it in one sitting except I couldn’t let my dog starve sooo.
Super cute story with a super cute friendship and all the messiness that comes from testing the waters of being something more. Interesting plotline about what it takes to be a swimmer with Olympic dreams. Highly recommend for a perfect summer read.