Monday, May 22, 2017

Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally Review JUNE 2017

I received this book from Netgalley and Source Books in exchange for a honest review:

Coming of Air by Miranda Kenneally will be released July 1st, 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 flew through this and it will only take you a few hours if you are looking for a quick read. However; this fell a little flat for me and the writing was a little juvinille at times (yes, I know this is about high school students, but I am talking about the writing itself.) There is not much description, and I feel most of the characters only hit the surface of what I look for in characters.

I know this is about a high school student who is an athlete. She is trying to find herself before she leaves for college including in relationships. However; I never felt the characters were 17 years old as they felt much younger to me.

Maggie wants to learn how to "hook up" before college. She has a strange encounter while on a college visit, which could have taken a totally different turn. I did not find this at all realistic. To help her lack of experience, she asks her best friend to help her. You know immediately (even before she ask hims) that Maggies loves Levi.

I also did not really understand the Roxy rivalry. Yes, she moved on and turned her head on the friendship with Maggie. But, nothing else major came out of that situation yet Maggie was acting like she wanted to change her college choice due to being at the same college. Even her parents asked her if she still wanted to go after finding out Roxy would be there. It all just did not work for me.

I feel the tone of the book does improve as you read more, but nothing much happens. It did not really keep me entertained. Since it was such a quick read, I did finish it though. It was cute, but was only ok. Nothing that blew me away. If you love high school love or swimming, I would recommend it.

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