Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

Coming Up For Air
By: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: July 1, 2017
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*An advanced reader's copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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? (Goodreads)

I really liked Coming Up for Air! I love the Hundred Oaks books and this was another story that I couldn't put down. It wasn't my favorite book in the series, but I still enjoyed it a lot.  

Coming Up for Air is the story of Maggie whose whole life is centered around swimming. She loves to win and is training to qualify for the Olympics. However, swimming almost every day means that she doesn't have much time for anything else, such as hooking up with a guy. This leads her to asking her best friend, Levi, to teach her since they already spend so much time together anyway. 

Maggie was a well developed and realistic character. I loved how passionate she was about swimming and her dedication to it was clear throughout the book. She sometimes struggles with getting into the right mindset while swimming though and I could understand why. Maggie is under a lot of pressure and she has so little time to herself. Just reading about what an average day is like for her made me exhausted.

Levi and Maggie share a close bond because they've been swimming together since they were little. They understand how much of a commitment swimming is and Maggie goes to him for advice because she trusts him. However, I felt like the way everything develops from friendship to something more between them felt a bit forced. I wanted Levi to be developed more.    

I loved Maggie's best friends from school though. Georgia and Hunter were great side characters and I wanted even more of them in this book. I loved that they make the time to support each other. It was also fun to see the return of some characters from the previous books in the series as well and read what they are up to now. 

The plot was paced fairly well. As soon as I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I quickly lost myself in the story and before I knew it, I was reading the last chapter. It's one of my favorite things about Kenneally's writing. The plot had a good balance of humor, drama, and romance. There were quite a few moments in this book that even made me laugh out loud. However, I felt like there were a couple of loose ends left after I finished the book. 

Overall I really liked Coming Up for Air! If you're a fan of contemporary books or enjoy sports-related stories, I recommend picking this one up!

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