Book Talk: Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Talk: Coming Up for Air by Miranda KenneallyComing Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #8
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 4, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 293
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

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 sacrifice in the water to win at love?

Miranda Kenneally has been a consistent author of ChristinaBooks, even if I do bemoan the lack of any kind of diversity. The last couple books, however, fell a bit flat for me. They weren’t bad, but they also just weren’t memorable and they didn’t bring the intense shippy feels I come to Kenneally’s books for. I’d been starting to wonder if maybe Kenneally wasn’t so much for me anymore, after she went down from a 4.5-5 star author to a 3-3.5, but with Coming Up for Air she is back. (And when I say she’s back, just imagine the ‘for me’ on there. You may have loved Jesse’s Girl and Defending Taylor with all your heart and think I am cray, and that’s totally fine.)

Coming Up for Air feels so much like classic Kenneally. It reminded me heavily of Chasing Jordan, aka the OG, though don’t worry that it’s that book merely re-written with swimming. Obvs there are similarities. Maggie and Levi are best friends, and they’re going to fall in love, but it’s a very different sort of friends to lovers scenario. I do think friends to lovers is what Kenneally truly excels at, and though it’s not my specific ship-trash, I looooove when she does it. What is my specific ship-trash, though, is the fact that Maggie asks her experienced best friend to teach her about kissing and more, and then they start having FeElInGs, and it’s a hot mess of sexual tension. Basically anytime people are knocked over by waves of romantic feelings they were totally blindsided by, I am there getting my ship on.

Also, swimming is one of the few sports I’m even marginally interested in, so the swimming part was more exciting than the sports stuff generally is for me. Plus, I read this right around winter Olympics time, so the fact that they were both working to qualify for the Olympic trials made Coming Up for Air that much more exciting. Not saying I’ll be reading books about swimming without a bunch of kissing, but you know. I also really liked that Maggie ate like someone exercising ridiculous amounts and that the book was very much about HOW MUCH WORK is involved in making the Olympics. Like, this is super serious sports and not yay fun extracurriculars!

Reading has been a struggle for me this year, but this book I binged straight through, barely putting it down. That says something. It’s easily the book I connected emotionally with the most so far this year, discounting rereads. Though Coming Up for Air doesn’t quite reach top fave status for Kenneally books, I absolutely recommend it, even if you were a little iffy on her last couple books.

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