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The Summer I Learned to Dive

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this read! Did I enjoy this book: I did en

    I thoroughly enjoyed this read!

    Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had. 

    Finn was a quiet, studious girl looking to go to medical school to fulfill her, and her mother's, dream. She knew her life. She knew that her father was dead, that her mother was the only family she had. Finn knew she didn't have many friends but that her end goal was the most important thing for her to focus on. Oh my, how things changed for Finn! The Summer I Learned to Dive was a wonderful coming-of-age young adult book. 

    Finn learned a lot of things about her life, her desires, her dreams, her family immediately after she graduated from high school. I could not imagine what she went through emotionally but Ms. McCrimmon did a fabulous job portraying Finn to the reader. I was with her and I felt with her and I wanted her to change for the better. 

    I enjoyed Finn's transformation. I think a lot of it came from her new surroundings and the new people she met. Jessie is a sweet kid. He has had a tough life that could have broken him but he has risen above it and is a great character. I really enjoyed Jessie. He was a good guy all around. The grandparents were wonderful, just as grandparents in South Carolina can be pictured. They were two loving people who I could picture in my head. They were well-written characters that I want to know more about. 

    All-in-all, this was a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

    Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. This was a good coming-of-age story for YA readers.

    Will I read it again: I will not.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

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    The Summer I learned to Dive was an enjoyable contemporary; a cl

    The Summer I learned to Dive was an enjoyable contemporary; a cliched smart girl who never had a social life who just studied at home to get into college discovers a secret her mother kept from her all these years. She found out on the night of her high school graduation. This is where Finn takes off on a journey and finally learns to have confidence in herself and gain independence from her mother.
    I personally thought this novel was a fun read, but it was very predictable. The writing was great, the narration also, but I just felt that the storyline was cliched and the romance was just too obvious and fast. The I Love Yous came way too suddenly and their behavior towards each other made it seem like they've been together for ages, not a couple of weeks. Also, the problem in this novel was a bit too simplistic, and that could be mainly because the novel is less than 200 hundred pages. I just hoped I was more emotionally invested because what Finn went through was no easy thing, however the way the shocking revelations were presented sort of deflated the climax of the book.
    However I did enjoy the secondary characters, especially the two sisters who work in the same diner as Finn. They definitely felt more alive to me, while Jesse, her love interest, fell flat. Even with saying all of this, I did enjoy the novel, it was a breezy summer novel, even if it was packed with cliches. I'm sure other readers will enjoy this. Maybe ones that are younger than me. This novel has a sequel, which is why it was left open ended, so if you're planning on reading it, be on the lookout for the second novel in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. I could see how a story like this c

    I really enjoyed this book. I could see how a story like this could
    unfold in real life. It's a great journey of a young adult standing up
    for herself and learning how a secret could really change her life.

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    Posted November 5, 2012

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