Coming Up For Air by Miranda KenneallyTo be published by Sourcebooks on June 27, 2017
Source: eARC from publisher for review
Plot Summary of Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
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?
Review of Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
Maggie is a competitive swimmer who has little time for anything besides schoolwork and swimming.
I also loved the way the book looked at a trope that isn't always represented in YA:female friends-to-frenemies.
Finally, I loved the way this book looked at ambition. Maggie wants to be the best swimmer she can and doesn't want anything to stand in the way of that. But she also wants a full, balanced life. Isn't that the eternal female dilemma - how to have time for the relationships (romantic, friendship, family) that give our lives meaning without giving up on our dreams.
This book was a wonderful ending to the Hundred Oaks series - loved the cameos by Jordan and Sam and the mentions of Jesse and the mentions of the Racing Savannah characters. And the epilogue of this book was the icing on the cake!
If you haven't read these companion books, I highly recommend trying them!