How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner book review


Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Kate’s father has been pressuring her to be perfect for her whole life, pushing her to be the best swimmer she can be. But when Kate finds her dad cheating on her mom, Kate’s perfect world comes crashing down, and Kate is forced to leave home and the swim team she’s been a part of her whole life.

Now in a new home, new school, and faced with the prospect of starting over, Kate isn’t so sure that swimming is what she wants anymore. But when she decides to quit, her whole world seems to fall apart. But when Kate gets to know Michael, the cute boy that lives across the hall, she starts to think that starting over might not be so bad. There’s only one problem: Michael has a girlfriend.

As the pressures of love, family, and success press down on her, can Kate keep her head above water?


This book was definitely interesting. This was a pretty good sporty YA book. After Kate catches her dad cheating on her mom, she gives up swimming and leaves her school. Her mom and her move to another town to start over. When she’s there she becomes friends with Patrice (who is dating Michael). She soon meets Michael and starts to fall for him. As you can see from this the problem is she’s falling for her best friend’s guy. My problems with this book was several facts. She has a friend who is unbelievably kind and she pretty much screws her over and then gets whiny when Patrice won’t talk to her…(Umm her boyfriend just broke up with her for you).  Secondly Michael is kind of a scum bag. He breaks it off with someone who he claims to have only dated b/c she was so nice and that he really didn’t have feelings for. I don’t know how I feel about this book. The writing was done really well and the dialogue was expertly written, I just had personal problems with the plot, making it hard for me to get into. It did seem a bit realistic as I’ve known things like this do happen in real life, but I just couldn’t get into to it.

3.5/5 Stars from me!

***I received and e-ARC of this title from Swoon Reads via NetGalley in exchange for an open and honest review***

Shelved: YA, Contemporary
ebook, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 14th 2018 by Macmillan/Swoon Reads

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