Series: Hundred Oaks #8
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire on July 1, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
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’m a huge, huge fan of Miranda Kenneally. I’ve read the whole Hundred Oaks series except Things I Can’t Forget. Based on the other books in the series, there ware a few things I expected from Coming Up for Air:
- An awesome story about sports (that totally has me wanting to start up the sport).
- A deliiicous and fun romance.
- High school / coming of age.
You know what wasn’t on my list of expectations?
Coming Up for Air met every single one of my expectations, but then it added a humour element that I totally didn’t expect! I was laughing out loud pretty much the whole time. It’s filled with some great awkward scenes or just plain funny moments.
The romance was everything I hoped it would be. Maybe even better! Maggie and Levi were BRILLIANT together. I love how they were long time friends already. They had this great history and were so adorable together!
Another thing I loved was Maggie’s interest in sex. It’s common for books to have a girl that really craves a relationship, but Maggie wanted to learn how to fool around. She was so open about her sexuality in a way you don’t usually see from girls (in real life or books). I loved it though, and I thought it was a great message that it’s okay to just want to experiment, have fun, and fool around a little.
If you’re already a fan of Miranda Kenneally, then Coming Up for Air will meet every one of your expectations. If you’re not already a fan, then what the hell are you waiting for? Catching Jordan is ready for you!
But seriously, how lovely was that ending!! I felt like Kenneally was rewarding all the Hundred Oaks with that. Great review!
Sam @ WLABB
Great review! I love Miranda Kenneally’s books and cannot wait to pick this one up! She is one of my favorite author to read when I’m in the mood for something fun, but at the same time deep and interesting! Hope you have a wonderful week!
You’ll love this book, Elena! I think any fan of Miranda will be very pleased with this one. 🙂
I loved Catching Jordan, and this story sounds like a great addition to the Hundred Oaks series. I was really looking forward to the romance, but even more excited for the humor!!