Coming Up For Air

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Coming Up For Air
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Release Date
July 04, 2017
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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?

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A great conclusion to the series

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?

Maggie and Levi really complement each other’s personality, including their other best friends, Hunter and Georgia. I really love how they both have close relationships with their families. For the romance part, I wouldn’t say that their chemistry immediate, but it picks up really fast. It was a bit of a slow-burn but extremely satisfying one. Although, Levi did something that really irks me, it still annoys me as I think about it.

Another thing worth noting is the feminist and sex-positive theme of the book. Maggie was the one who initiated everything, from making out to the more steamy things. It was pretty hilarious but realistic to see both Maggie and Levi get urges from time to time, but they never compromised their safety and of course consent.

Overall, this might not be my favorite, but it sure is at the top. Miranda Kenneally’s writing style never cease to amaze me. This book was an amazing combination of romance, friendships, family relationships, sports, and a great coming of age theme. I definitely recommend this!

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sex positive YA, feminist theme, adorable friendships, good family dynamics
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"Coming Up for Air" is a really fantastic YA romance. Maggie and Levi have been BFFs since they were 2 years old. They are both competition swimmers and gearing up for the Olympics- on top of that, it's senior year and they are both prepping to go to colleges across the country. Maggie has always been too busy to have a relationship- with swim practice before and after school plus competitions on the weekend, there's really no time. When she goes to visit her upcoming college, she learns that the expectations for experience are way different than what she has. She comes up with the idea to hook up with Levi so she can learn how, without being distracted by a relationship.

Levi eventually agrees, but their hooking up can't stay casual- they both start to develop feelings. With the Olympic qualifiers coming up, can they afford a relationship? I was a little worried about the sports aspects of this book, as I'm not big into reading about sports- but this blend was perfect! It's mostly romance with a little bit of sports talk on the side. And all of it was easy to understand for the non-swimmer.

We get the story from Maggie's point-of-view, and this is really perfect. There are all the jitters and nerves of a new relationship/adventure. I think this book would be more appropriate for older teens as there are quite a few sexual situations (as this is the main focus). Regardless, it's a wonderful friends-turned-more book, and I really enjoyed reading it! The author is quite talented, and the flow is perfect! I wouldn't change a thing! I will definitely need to check out more from Kenneally!

Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.

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