In Review: Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks #8) by Miranda Kenneally

Posted July 8, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks #8) by Miranda KenneallyComing Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #8
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 4, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: eARC, 320 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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 received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’ve really cut back on my YA reading over the last few months, but I can’t resist a new Miranda Kenneally book. I love her writing style, her characters and, perhaps most of all, the sex-positive vibe she brings to the table. It’s been a long time since I’ve been a teen, but somehow her books make it easy to put myself back in those shoes. Her characters are real and flawed and I love rooting for them as they really come into their own… and she delivers it all with humor and heart.

Coming Up for Air was delightful. Of course, I am a total sucker for friends first books. Throw in a friends with benefits/tutor storyline and I’m all over it. Maggie and Levi were just wonderful, both separately and together. I loved their friendship, so I was a little conflicted when things started moving in another direction for them. I loved the idea of them as a couple — if it ever got that far — but I was also worried about one or both of them getting hurt and their friendship suffering. I also understood where Maggie was coming from and why she would turn to Levi for, uh help. Getting personal for a minute, I wasn’t the most experienced girl amongst my friends while I was in high school. I can remember how I felt when I thought about going off to college as an innocent. Of course, that’s exactly what I did and it worked out pretty well… but I applaud Maggie for taking the steps she did. It worked out pretty well for her, too, as Levi was super swoony.

I was hopelessly addicted to this book and these characters from the very start. I loved how important swimming was to these two and it was really enjoyable to read about from the perspective of an athlete. (Or two.) When it came to friendship and then everything that came after, I was all in. It was a fun read, but it wasn’t without depth and feels — good and bad. But it was all good in the end and I enjoyed the ride, even through the bumpy parts. I mean, it’s those bumps that makes Miranda’s books so realistic to me. And, OMG, there’s this one scene that I won’t ruin for you, but it was so delightfully, amazingly awkward that I was basically reading it with my hands over my eyes. Believe me when I say you’ll know when you get there. Ha! But seriously, I loved this book so, so much.

I can’t believe this is the end of the Hundred Oaks series! I’ve loved it since I discovered Catching Jordan — and that book and those characters have a special place in my heart — so it really was fitting that the epilogue revisited Jordan and Sam. Boy, did that ever cause a few feels (and tears). It was the perfect wrap up to a YA series that will forever be one of my favorites. Safe to say I’ll be rereading these books in the (relatively) near future.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“I like this. But you’re the best thing in my life. The only thing in my life.”

“There has to be some way we can swimming and us.”

“You’re the best kisser I’ve ever had. The best hugger. The best hand holder. The best everything. It’s because of you—because we’re right for each other.”

About Miranda Kenneally

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

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