Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this free eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
I am so happy that I was granted access to read this book early! Ever since I picked up Catching Jordan, I have loved this series so much and I love reading about all of the different sports. This one, being swimming, was no exception.
I am not a swimmer - can't even FLOAT - but reading Maggie's love for it made me excited for her (even though swimming terrifies me!). That is how I know that Miranda Kenneally is an amazing writer - she makes me want to join Maggie in on swimming even though I'd die if I got in a pool. But I am an athlete, so I get Maggie's dedication to do the best she can in her sport and to always try to beat herself.
Also, Maggie competing for the Olympics in swimming while she is in high school? Just craziness! I couldn't even imagine being that good that I could advance to the Olympics, so I was most definitely rooting for her the whole time.
I love Maggie's tradition of meeting with her friends every Friday night to make sure they see each other with their busy schedules. That shows how close they are. They are so busy in high school between swimming, cheerleading and baseball that they schedule a time for each other. I know they were worried that they would grow apart when they all went their own ways after they graduate, but if they are that determined in high school, they are going to be best friends for life and always find time for one another.
Maggie's proposition to Levi is hilarious. I think it was an excuse to hook up with him because she's secretly wanted to for awhile, but of course since we are reading from her perspective, we find out that's not the case. But it was obvious to everyone that they were meant to be with each other so no one was really surprised when the cat got out of the bag.
I seriously loved this so much. I need to read the previous book in the series (I realized I haven't yet! Yikes!), but this was an amazing ending to the Hundred Oaks series. The way it ended signified that it would be the last book? Am I the only one that got that feeling? If it is, it was amazing. If it wasn't, then I am of course excited for more. Either way, this could not have been a more perfect book and I am so glad that I was able to read it early!
I will definitely be recommending this to fans of Miranda Kenneally or fans of sports/romantic novels!
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