Seventeen-year-old Quinn Hughes needs to be in top shape if she wants to medal at the swimming World Championships in ten months. This means no easy distractions, no matter how pretty they are.
She’s still piecing her confidence back together after not qualifying for the Olympics, her relationship with her twin brother is getting worse the more he hangs out with the popular kids, and then Kennedy Reed suddenly squeezes herself back into Quinn’s life. The girl who was her best friend. The girl who gave Quinn her first kiss. The girl who hasn’t spoken to her since.
Soon, Quinn finds herself juggling her new girlfriend, training for the biggest competition of her life, and discovering she’s not the only Hughes twin with a crush on Kennedy Reed. All these distractions are getting to her, and if she wants that medal she needs to find a way to stop drowning on dry land.
|Publisher:||Bold Strokes Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
When she's not introverting and writing, Morgan works for an animal welfare nonprofit and tries to make the world a slightly better place. She previously worked for an LGBT rights organization.
She currently resides in Washington, DC, with her two feline children, whom she's unapologetically obsessed with.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I voluntarily read and reviewed and advanced copy of this book, received through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I have been reading a lot of YA books about lesbian romance since there are quite a few of them around lately. I'm not sure why is it, but I'm glad that I can finally enjoy a variety of reads about girls loving girls. While not my typical read, the premise of a high school romance between a hopeful olympic swimmer and her childhood best friend caught my attention from the first moment. The pace of the book is very good. It flows seamlessly, without feeling too rushed or boring, there was a good balance of happy and dramatic moments. The character's development is also really good. The fact that the story is told from Quinn's point of view let me become engrossed on how she feels at all times, whether it is how hurt or angry by the bullying or giddy and happy around Kennedy. I also really liked Quinn's relationship with other characters, specially Gabriel. I might be wrong, but for me there was something very fraternal between them -past hook ups aside- that was missing from Quinn's relationship with her twin brother Liam. And my favourite part: being in a relationship isn't Quinn's main goal, for her, it is just something that happens along the way. On the other hand, I felt like the bullying part was quite strange. There is this popular girl who makes fun of Quinn and belittles her every chance she gets for missing the cut to the Olympics for 3 seconds. Or that's what it seems, there is very little reason to it. And, while not necessarily bad, I would have liked to see more of the swimming aspect. For me, this was something that set this book apart from other YA books and I was kind of disappointed not to read more about Quinn's competitions. I enjoyed this book, and if you are a YA fan, chances are you might enjoy this too.
I applied for a copy of this from netgalley..and waited..and waited for approval. I really wanted to read this book so I decided to just buy it. then of course I got approved. Anyway, it was money well spent as I LOved this book. I find it surprising this is authors first work as it seemed very polished. She has another coming out soon and I look forward to getting that as well. This story was ended but it left a opening for more from these characters and I really hope there are some sequels.
First love. Quinn is a senior in high school. But she is not your typical teenager. She has a strict training schedule outside of school because she is swimming athlete going for Olympic qualification. Kennedy is a popular senior at the same school. She has been ignoring Quinn since she arrived back in town their Sophomore year. She becomes a distraction for Quinn that could jeopardize her Olympic aspirations. The story had a nice flow that took us through the entire final year of high school. There were plenty of angsty moments to kept me engaged. Kennedy and Quinn had a slew of friends that played parts in this story. Gabriel was my favorite. The relationship between Quinn and Kennedy was initially surprising as it is rooted with some backstory. This made it feel authentic. I struggled with was the tone of the book overall. I felt like this should be YA as it deals with high school. But there were explicit sex scenes. All the usual topics addressed: Crushes, Coming Out, Bullying, etc. The ending was... meh. I recommend to those who like to read romance, high school stories, angst, and croggling. I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.