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Erson in Avery’s college life who challenged her to swim her own events to be her own person something she refused to do Instead she’s avoided him since the first day of freshman year But now faced with sub zero temperatures minimal supplies and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could’ve imaginedIn the wilderness the concept of survival is clear cut Simple In the real world it’s anything bu This is a terrific debut novel about what it means to be a survivor and to struggle to return to a normal life after a traumatic eventNineteen year old Avery Delacorte a member of an elite swim team at a college in California is on her way home to Boston for Thanksgiving when her plane crashes in a lake in the Rocky Mountains From the outset of the story we know that Avery and another member of the swim team star swimmer Colin Shea and three little boys are the only survivors However once out of hospital and back home Avery is unable to overcome the trauma of the crash and near drowning as well as the days surviving in the wilderness She exhibits all the symptoms of PTSD but doesn't want to talk about what actually happened during the days following their survival from the crashThis is an excellent coming of age story written for youngnew adults that will also appeal to older adults The story is told from Avery's viewpoint with chapters alternating between her current struggle to find her feet again and the story of her survival The author depicts the struggle Avery has not only with herself but in allowing her boyfriend Lee and her family to help her Colin Shea is also a wonderful character a gentle soul who is also struggling to re find his place in the world I highly recommend this thoughtful emotive story with a touch of romance45★ With thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for a copy of this book to read and review Edouard Manet unable to overcome the trauma of the crash and near drowning as well as the days surviving in the wilderness She exhibits all the symptoms of PTSD but doesn't want to talk about what actually happened during the days following their survival from the crashThis is an excellent coming of age story written for youngnew adults that will also appeal to older adults The story is told from Avery's viewpoint with chapters alternating between her current struggle to find her feet again and the story of her survival The author depicts the struggle Avery has not only with herself but in allowing her boyfriend Lee and her family to help her Colin Shea is also a wonderful character a gentle soul who is also struggling to re find his place in the world I highly recommend this thoughtful emotive story with a touch of romance45★ With thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for a copy of this book to read and review

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Girl Underwater

An adventurous debut novel that cross cuts between a competitive college swimmer’s harrowing days in the Rocky Mountains after a major airline disaster and her recovery supported by the two men who love her only one of whom knows what really happened in the wildernessNineteen year old Avery Delacorte loves the water Growing up in Brookline Massachusetts she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school she raced acros Oh man this one was a doozy Not an emotionally intense doozy a how was this published doozy If nothing else it firmly solidifies the fact that I should never ever be in charge of any book group selections In fact if it's something that I even mention once in passing the rest of the group should consider burning all copies of the book so we don't accidentally settle on it However well intentioned my choices are they should be ignoredThere are spoilers in here but honestly I don't even feel bad If it helps stop you from reading it I've done you a great serviceI have much to say about this book but I think it falls into three major categories of flaws 1 the characters 2 the plot and 3 the writing That should cover it pretty sufficiently I think1 The characters There are basically two characters though the author pretends there are The narrator a waifishsuperstrongathletic hot swimmer named Avery and Colin a sensitive brooding super hot swimmer They are both cartoonish Avery is beautiful but seems to have no friends other than one super hot boyfriend who she doesn't even seem to like that much though she really likes the way his breath smells His smells like cinnamon No matter what or when Why the author thinks this adds anything to the book I have no idea but it comes up again and again Contrasted with Colin who smells like spearmint and this also comes up again and again once I think it got mixed with oranges which yuck It's ridiculous No one smells like those things all the time She wants us to think Avery is really internally conflicted but she doesn't want Avery to actually do anything bad so that we judge her It's problematic because it makes Avery totally unreliable Oh I am the worst buried under the pain of the decisions I have made in my past I shall build this torturous story and then reveal my worst And then we find out what the decision was and it is absolutely nothing anyone would ever judge anyone else for It's just stupid Colin comes across as super man splainy at first you shouldn't be swimming middle distance I know what is best for you not that other guy and we hear so much about his amazing body it is boring And it comes up at the STUPIDEST TIMES Oh we just swam out of our crashed airplane with these three kids watched the rest of the passengers drown in front of our eyes including someone else we knew and we're trying to build a shelter out of the crashed airplane bits Here's what Avery LITERALLY SAYS at that moment while he concentrates on placing the slab in its proper place I can't help but notice the rippling cords of muscle in his forearms and shoulders OH MY GODThe peripheral characters include Lee Avery's superhot swimmer boyfriend who is like a stupid puppy good for cuddles but not much else also kind of creepy as he seems to pick out her clothes for her Avery's dad who is a crazy huge asshole but somehow that never gets addressed and one gets the impression that the author wants us to like his gruff no bullshit he can get away with this terrible treatment of his kid because he's an ER doc so awesome but I just came away feeling bad for the whole family Avery's brother Edward really? A star baseball player? WHY? What does that add to the novel? Answer NOTHING it just tries to make this exceptionalism about Avery and her family even extreme and Avery's mom really just a bland smudge of a character with no actual features whatsoever The recurring hotness of people in this book is super annoying The only person who is decidedly not hot is Gruder's brother who what the hell tries to attack Avery when she gets in the car with him to leave the New Year's party she's at WITH HER BOYFRIEND who tells her to be safe because he's really worried about her and then totally ignores her while she does a kegstand and leaves the house with some horrendous troll Only ugly people rape All hot men are sensitive and wonderful2 The plot There are gaping ridiculous holes in the plot Fundamental holes For example WHY is Avery so anti Colin? Throughout really? At some point she makes some comment about how they are star crossed lovers but I absolutely never got any explanation for why she feels from the beginning so uncomfortable around him Because of that one conversation on the day they met when he basically told her she should swim middle distance a dick move I grant but I think the author wanted us to like him after that first meeting? Or because Lee doesn't like him? Or because he ditched his team for the big swimming competition which really? No one asked what was going on?? Or because Lee doesn't like him? WHY does this get set up as a whole thing when they barely know each other?WHY would Colin leave their shelter at the start of a terrible blizzard to try and swim across the lake to a shelter he didn't even know the location of without telling anyone what he is doing? That's not heroism that's idiocy That's basically picking the worst possible time to try and do something that would be dangerous at any point in time It's ludicrous either he's an idiot and makes terrible decisions but thought he was doing his best so I guess that's ok or he was deliberately trying to get out of the situation they were in by dyingWHY does Avery beat herself up and lie to the media about how she left them when she was gone for like half an hour trying to swim out to save them all?? And she told them where they were and they were saved too? IT MAKES NO SENSE This is what I meant above the author wants it both ways she wants Avery to be terribly internally conflicted but she also doesn't want her to have done anything bad It's just idiotic Avery did nothing wrong she was trying to save them when there no other options left WHY does time seem to stretch and shorten so weirdly? Maybe I just didn't care enough to really nail down the timeline but it sure seems like Colin was back in his hot body fully functional in no time despite I KID YOU NOT the sepsis from that damn bear attack Holy shit this book was so bad He had like 8 surgeries and yet seems totally 100% fine other than the rippling scars on his rippling shoulder My mom had rotator cuff surgery no bear attack thankfully and was NOT back to her old self in a few months and she didn't even get mangled by a bear WHY does Lee leave her alone at the NYE party? WHY is she allowed to work in the ER?WHAT was with the weird burrito meet up between Lee and Colin and Avery? Why was she so mad? What was Lee trying to accomplish? Was it planned?3 The language This book is not well written It's particularly clichedromance novelly whenever she describes the hotness of the boys who all adore her for unknown reasons And I have to admit though Lee is very attractive at baselinehe takes it to another level when he goes out His thick brown hair is a little wet a little wild His jeans hang loose on his hips accentuating his washboard abs and long lean legs OR seriously I mean wow I don't know what else to say He redefines the concept of cleaning up nicely but pretty much any page you open to will have something cringey on it My muscles feel fluid again my toes and fingers working in finely tuned coordination That leaves the damage no one can see the demons that no one can tame with operations or physical therapyHer accent reminds me of every gritty mob movie ever set in this town In a subtle yet immediate way it reminds me of ColinColin I scream until the pain in my throat matches the agony everywhere else ColinAnd then there are the errors I mean actual errors in what words mean when they are put together don't expect much after MermaidiaPlease they begOkay okay he teases That is not teasing That is the opposite of teasing that is placating AFTER teasingWhile he heads in that direction with our food I fill two cups with lemonade and grab five packets of salt which would clog a horse's arteriesSalt does not clog one's arteries and someone who is allowed to work in the ER with her ER dad should KNOW THAT I mean if you eat a ton of sodium you might have high blood pressure which over time might lead to increased arterial plaue but come on This is all wrongOur eyes meet at the same timeOh please tell me how else eyes meetHonestly the one good thing about this book and this is so mean and snarky I can't believe I'm about to type it I'm sure the author is a great person and anyone who finishes any novel should be commended for the hard work behind it is that it makes me confident that I too can get published If this book can find an agent who fights for it I can too Comfort of a Man up in Brookline Massachusetts she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school she raced acros Oh man this one was a doozy Not an emotionally intense doozy a how was this published doozy If nothing else it firmly solidifies the fact that I should never ever be in charge of any book group selections In fact if it's something that I even mention once in passing the rest of the group should consider burning all copies of the book so we don't accidentally settle on it However well intentioned my choices are they should be ignoredThere are spoilers in here but honestly I don't even feel bad If it helps stop you from reading it I've done you a great serviceI have much to say about this book but I think it falls into three major categories of flaws 1 the characters 2 the plot and 3 the writing That should cover it pretty sufficiently I think1 The characters There are basically two characters though the author pretends there are The narrator a waifishsuperstrongathletic hot swimmer named Avery and Colin a sensitive brooding super hot swimmer They are both cartoonish Avery is beautiful but seems to have no friends other than one super hot boyfriend who she doesn't even seem to like that much though she really likes the way his breath smells His smells like cinnamon No matter what or when Why the author thinks this adds anything to the book I have no idea but it comes A Cowboy Christmas up again and again Contrasted with Colin who smells like spearmint and this also comes Comfort of a Man up again and again once I think it got mixed with oranges which yuck It's ridiculous No one smells like those things all the time She wants Husband From 9 To 5 us to think Avery is really internally conflicted but she doesn't want Avery to actually do anything bad so that we judge her It's problematic because it makes Avery totally The Bonny Bride unreliable Oh I am the worst buried The Beleaguered Lord Bourne (Regency Trilogy, under the pain of the decisions I have made in my past I shall build this torturous story and then reveal my worst And then we find out what the decision was and it is absolutely nothing anyone would ever judge anyone else for It's just stupid Colin comes across as super man splainy at first you shouldn't be swimming middle distance I know what is best for you not that other guy and we hear so much about his amazing body it is boring And it comes Bending the Rules (Sisterhood Diaries, up at the STUPIDEST TIMES Oh we just swam out of our crashed airplane with these three kids watched the rest of the passengers drown in front of our eyes including someone else we knew and we're trying to build a shelter out of the crashed airplane bits Here's what Avery LITERALLY SAYS at that moment while he concentrates on placing the slab in its proper place I can't help but notice the rippling cords of muscle in his forearms and shoulders OH MY GODThe peripheral characters include Lee Avery's superhot swimmer boyfriend who is like a stupid puppy good for cuddles but not much else also kind of creepy as he seems to pick out her clothes for her Avery's dad who is a crazy huge asshole but somehow that never gets addressed and one gets the impression that the author wants Hope Street us to like his gruff no bullshit he can get away with this terrible treatment of his kid because he's an ER doc so awesome but I just came away feeling bad for the whole family Avery's brother Edward really? A star baseball player? WHY? What does that add to the novel? Answer NOTHING it just tries to make this exceptionalism about Avery and her family even extreme and Avery's mom really just a bland smudge of a character with no actual features whatsoever The recurring hotness of people in this book is super annoying The only person who is decidedly not hot is Gruder's brother who what the hell tries to attack Avery when she gets in the car with him to leave the New Year's party she's at WITH HER BOYFRIEND who tells her to be safe because he's really worried about her and then totally ignores her while she does a kegstand and leaves the house with some horrendous troll Only Burkes Christmas Surprise ugly people rape All hot men are sensitive and wonderful2 The plot There are gaping ridiculous holes in the plot Fundamental holes For example WHY is Avery so anti Colin? Throughout really? 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That's not heroism that's idiocy That's basically picking the worst possible time to try and do something that would be dangerous at any point in time It's ludicrous either he's an idiot and makes terrible decisions but thought he was doing his best so I guess that's ok or he was deliberately trying to get out of the situation they were in by dyingWHY does Avery beat herself Kenget e Milosaos up and lie to the media about how she left them when she was gone for like half an hour trying to swim out to save them all?? And she told them where they were and they were saved too? IT MAKES NO SENSE This is what I meant above the author wants it both ways she wants Avery to be terribly internally conflicted but she also doesn't want her to have done anything bad It's just idiotic Avery did nothing wrong she was trying to save them when there no other options left WHY does time seem to stretch and shorten so weirdly? Maybe I just didn't care enough to really nail down the timeline but it sure seems like Colin was back in his hot body fully functional in no time despite I KID YOU NOT the sepsis from that damn bear attack Holy shit this book was so bad He had like 8 surgeries and yet seems totally 100% fine other than the rippling scars on his rippling shoulder My mom had rotator cuff surgery no bear attack thankfully and was NOT back to her old self in a few months and she didn't even get mangled by a bear WHY does Lee leave her alone at the NYE party? WHY is she allowed to work in the ER?WHAT was with the weird burrito meet Early Chinese Religion, Part Two (220-589 Ad) up between Lee and Colin and Avery? Why was she so mad? What was Lee trying to accomplish? Was it planned?3 The language This book is not well written It's particularly clichedromance novelly whenever she describes the hotness of the boys who all adore her for At Europes Borders unknown reasons And I have to admit though Lee is very attractive at baselinehe takes it to another level when he goes out His thick brown hair is a little wet a little wild His jeans hang loose on his hips accentuating his washboard abs and long lean legs OR seriously I mean wow I don't know what else to say He redefines the concept of cleaning We are the Ship up nicely but pretty much any page you open to will have something cringey on it My muscles feel fluid again my toes and fingers working in finely tuned coordination That leaves the damage no one can see the demons that no one can tame with operations or physical therapyHer accent reminds me of every gritty mob movie ever set in this town In a subtle yet immediate way it reminds me of ColinColin I scream Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang until the pain in my throat matches the agony everywhere else ColinAnd then there are the errors I mean actual errors in what words mean when they are put together don't expect much after MermaidiaPlease they begOkay okay he teases That is not teasing That is the opposite of teasing that is placating AFTER teasingWhile he heads in that direction with our food I fill two cups with lemonade and grab five packets of salt which would clog a horse's arteriesSalt does not clog one's arteries and someone who is allowed to work in the ER with her ER dad should KNOW THAT I mean if you eat a ton of sodium you might have high blood pressure which over time might lead to increased arterial plaue but come on This is all wrongOur eyes meet at the same timeOh please tell me how else eyes meetHonestly the one good thing about this book and this is so mean and snarky I can't believe I'm about to type it I'm sure the author is a great person and anyone who finishes any novel should be commended for the hard work behind it is that it makes me confident that I too can get published If this book can find an agent who fights for it I can too

Claire Kells ð 6 Free read

S bays and sprawling North American lakes Now a sopho on her university’s nationally ranked team she struggles under the weight of new expectations but life is otherwise pretty good Perfect reallyThat all changes when Avery’s red eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies She is one of only five survivors which includes three little boys and Colin Shea who happens to be her teammate Colin is also the only p Of course not I want to scream That day was all of my worst fears wrapped into one harrowing moment of fear pain and loss It was about my old life and the new the before and the after Before I watched two hundred people scream and cry and pray to a god that had deserted them Before my trust in air travel crashed and burned in an icy lake shattering my ability to feel safe anywhere A fast paced book about survival and Girl Underwater is effortlessly stunning  It follows the story of Avery Delacorte a college swimmer who is one of the survivors of a terrible plane crash The book is told from her alternating point of view between the past and present timesGirl Underwater is an emotional read Kells delivered a believable plane crash and survival story She supplemented the book with genuine facts and emotion that would make readers root for the characters Aside from the survival aspect of the story Avery’s state of being also played a huge role in the plot How she’s coping after the plane crash is she suffering PSTD?  Girl Underwater managed that part very well with so much grace and accurate sentimentI guess Girl Underwater made such a strong impression on me because of these crucial things First because the characterization of the main and secondary characters were crafted well I’m in awe I adore everyone Second there’s romance but it is not the focal point of the story though it’s than enough to make my blood pump faster And lastly the writing is simply enthralling There’s something melancholy and nostalgic about itHighlight of the book for meA character who openly admits she’s terrifiedGirl Underwater is a magnificent debut I’m very excited to see where Kells would go nextReview also posted at Young Adult Hollywood Electing Judges university’s nationally ranked team she struggles Encounters with Rauschenberg under the weight of new expectations but life is otherwise pretty good Perfect reallyThat all changes when Avery’s red eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies She is one of only five survivors which includes three little boys and Colin Shea who happens to be her teammate Colin is also the only p Of course not I want to scream That day was all of my worst fears wrapped into one harrowing moment of fear pain and loss It was about my old life and the new the before and the after Before I watched two hundred people scream and cry and pray to a god that had deserted them Before my trust in air travel crashed and burned in an icy lake shattering my ability to feel safe anywhere A fast paced book about survival and Girl Underwater is effortlessly stunning  It follows the story of Avery Delacorte a college swimmer who is one of the survivors of a terrible plane crash The book is told from her alternating point of view between the past and present timesGirl Underwater is an emotional read Kells delivered a believable plane crash and survival story She supplemented the book with genuine facts and emotion that would make readers root for the characters Aside from the survival aspect of the story Avery’s state of being also played a huge role in the plot How she’s coping after the plane crash is she suffering PSTD?  Girl Underwater managed that part very well with so much grace and accurate sentimentI guess Girl Underwater made such a strong impression on me because of these crucial things First because the characterization of the main and secondary characters were crafted well I’m in awe I adore everyone Second there’s romance but it is not the focal point of the story though it’s than enough to make my blood pump faster And lastly the writing is simply enthralling There’s something melancholy and nostalgic about itHighlight of the book for meA character who openly admits she’s terrifiedGirl Underwater is a magnificent debut I’m very excited to see where Kells would go nextReview also posted at Young Adult Hollywood


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  1. says:

    Update 199 Kindle special today I read this book when it first came out about a year ago I think I picked it because I was excited to see a new Bay Area author 'pop' up in the scene and was wishing this book would be goodplus I enjoy 'swimming' so I figure it might be a good fitwhich it was I enjoyed it Its Claire's first novel I can't help but wonder if this book is on sale today does that mean she has a new book out soon? Not sureThe review below is from last yearPeople always ask how I can stare at a black line for hours on end But for me swimming Those kind of distances was never about staring at a black line on the bottom of the pool It's about shutting every thing else out and existing in your own head your own thoughts Until the world is ready to have you againAvery a college Freshman in Northern California from Boston a swimmer grew up with 3 older brothers Her dad was a doctor Her mom a lawyer Avery's dad never treated her like a dainty daughter He raised her to be strong and capable Her mother balanced his non nonsense mentality with gentle words and constant reassurances From the start page one Avery tells us she has always loved waterand that it shocked no one in her family when she begged for swimming lessons at age 3 far younger than her adventuresome brothers Fearless of water believing her father Avery feels strong capable until the plane crash which took place during her Freshman year of college on a flight back home to visit her family For 5 days Avery and Colinanother college student and TOP swimmer and 3 young little boys survive together after the plane crashedsome of Avery's childhood skills come in handy that her dad had taught her After 5 days they are rescued receive medical attention and we learn 240 other passengers died during that crash What happened during those five days? How do Avery and Colin each adjust back into life? with their family past issues relationships returning to school returning to swimming etcAlthough I've read other 'plane crash' survival type stories before I fully enjoyed 'this' one I've liked them all Might say something about me Haha This was a fast easy read I liked the characters and I enjoyed the storytelling I always wanted to know what was happening how Avery and Colin were adjusting feeling thinking I especially loved the endingGreat first novel for this Bay Area author we have the 'best' authors in Northern California I'm not prejudice Congrats to Claire Kells


  2. says:

    All Avery wanted to do all she has trained for is competitive swimming Coming back the plane she is on goes down in the Rockies Mountains with a fellow swimmer and Olympic hopeful Colin They survive and are able to save three very young boys For fice days in freezing temps with Colin injured they manage to stay alive and keep the small boys alive as well After the event and the rescue it is apparent that what the media believes happened is not all that happened A good look at PTSD as Avery tries to regain her life in the water and out Her character is what drew me to this book her character and all her doubts faults and fears make her a very real person to relate to Also loved that not only was this an adventure story but a poignant one showing how close a serious incident can draw people together for the longest time Loved the ending and the peace she makes with herself and her fellow survivors The ending a bit predictable but fitting after everything Avery goes through A good first book and definitely a writer to watchARC from publisher


  3. says:

    Oh man this one was a doozy Not an emotionally intense doozy a how was this published doozy If nothing else it firmly solidifies the fact that I should never ever be in charge of any book group selections In fact if it's something that I even mention once in passing the rest of the group should consider burning all copies of the book so we don't accidentally settle on it However well intentioned my choices are they should be ignoredThere are spoilers in here but honestly I don't even feel bad If it helps stop you from reading it I've done you a great serviceI have much to say about this book but I think it falls into three major categories of flaws 1 the characters 2 the plot and 3 the writing That should cover it pretty sufficiently I think1 The characters There are basically two characters though the author pretends there are The narrator a waifishsuperstrongathletic hot swimmer named Avery and Colin a sensitive brooding super hot swimmer They are both cartoonish Avery is beautiful but seems to have no friends other than one super hot boyfriend who she doesn't even seem to like that much though she really likes the way his breath smells His smells like cinnamon No matter what or when Why the author thinks this adds anything to the book I have no idea but it comes up again and again Contrasted with Colin who smells like spearmint and this also comes up again and again once I think it got mixed with oranges which yuck It's ridiculous No one smells like those things all the time She wants us to think Avery is really internally conflicted but she doesn't want Avery to actually do anything bad so that we judge her It's problematic because it makes Avery totally unreliable Oh I am the worst buried under the pain of the decisions I have made in my past I shall build this torturous story and then reveal my worst And then we find out what the decision was and it is absolutely nothing anyone would ever judge anyone else for It's just stupid Colin comes across as super man splainy at first you shouldn't be swimming middle distance I know what is best for you not that other guy and we hear so much about his amazing body it is boring And it comes up at the STUPIDEST TIMES Oh we just swam out of our crashed airplane with these three kids watched the rest of the passengers drown in front of our eyes including someone else we knew and we're trying to build a shelter out of the crashed airplane bits Here's what Avery LITERALLY SAYS at that moment while he concentrates on placing the slab in its proper place I can't help but notice the rippling cords of muscle in his forearms and shoulders OH MY GODThe peripheral characters include Lee Avery's superhot swimmer boyfriend who is like a stupid puppy good for cuddles but not much else also kind of creepy as he seems to pick out her clothes for her Avery's dad who is a crazy huge asshole but somehow that never gets addressed and one gets the impression that the author wants us to like his gruff no bullshit he can get away with this terrible treatment of his kid because he's an ER doc so awesome but I just came away feeling bad for the whole family Avery's brother Edward really? A star baseball player? WHY? What does that add to the novel? Answer NOTHING it just tries to make this exceptionalism about Avery and her family even extreme and Avery's mom really just a bland smudge of a character with no actual features whatsoever The recurring hotness of people in this book is super annoying The only person who is decidedly not hot is Gruder's brother who what the hell tries to attack Avery when she gets in the car with him to leave the New Year's party she's at WITH HER BOYFRIEND who tells her to be safe because he's really worried about her and then totally ignores her while she does a kegstand and leaves the house with some horrendous troll Only ugly people rape All hot men are sensitive and wonderful2 The plot There are gaping ridiculous holes in the plot Fundamental holes For example WHY is Avery so anti Colin? Throughout really? At some point she makes some comment about how they are star crossed lovers but I absolutely never got any explanation for why she feels from the beginning so uncomfortable around him Because of that one conversation on the day they met when he basically told her she should swim middle distance a dick move I grant but I think the author wanted us to like him after that first meeting? Or because Lee doesn't like him? Or because he ditched his team for the big swimming competition which really? No one asked what was going on?? Or because Lee doesn't like him? WHY does this get set up as a whole thing when they barely know each other?WHY would Colin leave their shelter at the start of a terrible blizzard to try and swim across the lake to a shelter he didn't even know the location of without telling anyone what he is doing? That's not heroism that's idiocy That's basically picking the worst possible time to try and do something that would be dangerous at any point in time It's ludicrous either he's an idiot and makes terrible decisions but thought he was doing his best so I guess that's ok or he was deliberately trying to get out of the situation they were in by dyingWHY does Avery beat herself up and lie to the media about how she left them when she was gone for like half an hour trying to swim out to save them all?? And she told them where they were and they were saved too? IT MAKES NO SENSE This is what I meant above the author wants it both ways she wants Avery to be terribly internally conflicted but she also doesn't want her to have done anything bad It's just idiotic Avery did nothing wrong she was trying to save them when there no other options left WHY does time seem to stretch and shorten so weirdly? Maybe I just didn't care enough to really nail down the timeline but it sure seems like Colin was back in his hot body fully functional in no time despite I KID YOU NOT the sepsis from that damn bear attack Holy shit this book was so bad He had like 8 surgeries and yet seems totally 100% fine other than the rippling scars on his rippling shoulder My mom had rotator cuff surgery no bear attack thankfully and was NOT back to her old self in a few months and she didn't even get mangled by a bear WHY does Lee leave her alone at the NYE party? WHY is she allowed to work in the ER?WHAT was with the weird burrito meet up between Lee and Colin and Avery? Why was she so mad? What was Lee trying to accomplish? Was it planned?3 The language This book is not well written It's particularly clichedromance novelly whenever she describes the hotness of the boys who all adore her for unknown reasons And I have to admit though Lee is very attractive at baselinehe takes it to another level when he goes out His thick brown hair is a little wet a little wild His jeans hang loose on his hips accentuating his washboard abs and long lean legs OR seriously I mean wow I don't know what else to say He redefines the concept of cleaning up nicely but pretty much any page you open to will have something cringey on it My muscles feel fluid again my toes and fingers working in finely tuned coordination That leaves the damage no one can see the demons that no one can tame with operations or physical therapyHer accent reminds me of every gritty mob movie ever set in this town In a subtle yet immediate way it reminds me of ColinColin I scream until the pain in my throat matches the agony everywhere else ColinAnd then there are the errors I mean actual errors in what words mean when they are put together don't expect much after MermaidiaPlease they begOkay okay he teases That is not teasing That is the opposite of teasing that is placating AFTER teasingWhile he heads in that direction with our food I fill two cups with lemonade and grab five packets of salt which would clog a horse's arteriesSalt does not clog one's arteries and someone who is allowed to work in the ER with her ER dad should KNOW THAT I mean if you eat a ton of sodium you might have high blood pressure which over time might lead to increased arterial plaue but come on This is all wrongOur eyes meet at the same timeOh please tell me how else eyes meetHonestly the one good thing about this book and this is so mean and snarky I can't believe I'm about to type it I'm sure the author is a great person and anyone who finishes any novel should be commended for the hard work behind it is that it makes me confident that I too can get published If this book can find an agent who fights for it I can too


  4. says:

    ★★★★½I have watched my fair share of movies featuring an airplane crash Castaway and The Grey being ones that have affected me the most as a viewer Those scenes and their aftermath scared me to death and rightfully so Airline disasters are no laughing matter But I had never read about one in a book well not until now Girl Underwater is told through the perspective of nineteen year old Avery who is one of five crash survivors who have become stranded in the wilderness It is a story of the struggle to survive both physically and emotionally during and after trauma Fortunately the actual crash is not explicit but the moments before and after take the reader right to the scene Author Claire Kells writes alternating past and present scenes as the story progresses so every step Avery takes in trying to emotionally recover brings the reader right back to the disaster that won’t let her go I enjoyed the characters and the environment Ms Kells presented and I found the romance element appropriate for young adults to be an engaging addition to the story In my opinion Ms Kells' writing style gives readers a glimpse of what it may possibly feel like to suffer from a trauma related disorder like PTSD Readers live flashbacks and trauma re experiencing right along with Avery and it broke my heart “Now everyone knows my secret Everyone knows that I’m not ready I’m not even OK I’m still in that lake searching for rescue” Avery’s emotions are palpable and Ms Kells shows how her ongoing response to this devastating experience impacts every area of her life but I was happy to see the continued theme is in fact survival She survived the crash she survived the Rocky Mountains but the uestion is if she will survive the very emotional journey of life following traumaI thought Girl Underwater was an excellent debut novel from an author I will be keeping my eye on Just a heads up though This novel ends without much closure; however Avery’s future was hinted at strongly enough that as a reader I was left satisfied I would recommend it Give it a tryMy favorite uote “I spend the fading weeks of summer at my old desk laptop cast aside hands cramping despite the stress ball on the shelf Two pens have already run out of ink The stack of paper next to my weathered paperbacks dwindles by the hour I write until dawn breaks over the city I write until if feels like I can’t possibly write another word I write until my sorrow turns to pain and then I know I’m getting somewhere”


  5. says:

    Unreached PotentialSports romance is one of my favorite genres and swimming my favorite sport I swam in college and the sport has been a huge part of my life influencing my personality friends and career When I heard about this college swimming romance I KNEW I had to read it But I feel let down for several reasons1 The minimal swimming details are not authentic I realize most readers won't care about the inaccuracies but I wish the author had beta readers or editors with swimming experience because the implausible details took me out of the story I later read that the author is a physician and this is probably of a medical story than a swimming one2 The pacing doesn't work for me It's tricky line between building suspense and annoying the reader and the scales tipped toward the latter for me The heroine Avery avoids the hero Colin for most of the book and I almost gave up before finding out why Which leads me to my next criticism3 The lack of cohesive character motivation interferes with my connection to the characters Why does Avery avoid Colin before the plane crash? I didn't get a good feel for why she struggles to be her own person Her shameful belief about her actions after the crash didn't jive with me either Many survivors of trauma blame themselves but there's no rational reason for her self blame even under the traumatic circumstances And I had zero feelings for Avery's boyfriend Lee It probably comes down to me not relating to Avery very wellKudos to the author for getting her debut novel traditionally published and it appears most readers enjoyed this than I did


  6. says:

    Of course not I want to scream That day was all of my worst fears wrapped into one harrowing moment of fear pain and loss It was about my old life and the new the before and the after Before I watched two hundred people scream and cry and pray to a god that had deserted them Before my trust in air travel crashed and burned in an icy lake shattering my ability to feel safe anywhere A fast paced book about survival and Girl Underwater is effortlessly stunning  It follows the story of Avery Delacorte a college swimmer who is one of the survivors of a terrible plane crash The book is told from her alternating point of view between the past and present timesGirl Underwater is an emotional read Kells delivered a believable plane crash and survival story She supplemented the book with genuine facts and emotion that would make readers root for the characters Aside from the survival aspect of the story Avery’s state of being also played a huge role in the plot How she’s coping after the plane crash is she suffering PSTD?  Girl Underwater managed that part very well with so much grace and accurate sentimentI guess Girl Underwater made such a strong impression on me because of these crucial things First because the characterization of the main and secondary characters were crafted well I’m in awe I adore everyone Second there’s romance but it is not the focal point of the story though it’s than enough to make my blood pump faster And lastly the writing is simply enthralling There’s something melancholy and nostalgic about itHighlight of the book for meA character who openly admits she’s terrifiedGirl Underwater is a magnificent debut I’m very excited to see where Kells would go nextReview also posted at Young Adult Hollywood


  7. says:

    This new adult debut novel by Claire Kells tells a story of survival resulting from a plane crash the effects of PTSD and the romance and friendships that slowly develop afterward While there were surprises and intense moments once on the ground view spoiler the bear and missing insulin needles hide spoiler


  8. says:

    45The first thing you need to know about this book It isn't as much a story of survival as it is a story about surviving survival Yes the aftermath of the plane crash is a big part of the story but prominent is Avery trying to figure out what comes after making it out of a huge plane crash alive The book is told through a series of present narratives and flashbacks Clearly she has survived the crash and we know from the start who survived with her and you know it says so in the synopsisSo I really liked this book though I fully admit it isn't perfect which of course I will talk about But as always let's start with all the good enjoyable things okay? What I Loved The Characters I have to disclose some biases Avery is a collegiate swimmer As was I Avery made choices based on what everyone else wanted her to do As did I So I may not have always liked Avery but I sure as hell understood her And I most definitely sympathized with her because my goodness she went through a lot I mean how can you not have empathy for girl in plane crash turned girl stuck in wilderness? She is far from perfect but she is working through a very real case of PTSD as you would And Colin Colin is everything He is like my second in line book boyfriend I adored Colin He was kind of an old soul type and I just want one of him for myself The Relationships There were many many relationships in this book that were explored From Avery's often strained relationship with her parents and brothers to her newfound fumbling relationship with the boys she helped rescue to her college boyfriend Lee to her very uncertain relationship with Colin there was a lot of exploration into how these relationships changed as Avery changed And really that is just the tip of the iceberg Swimming Like I said before this has swimming in it which admittedly is what drew me to it in the first place Because swimming was my entire life for a good 14 years And Avery's too as it happens The best part is the swimming stuff is very accurate which is super rare in books Upon visiting the author's blog I am not at all surprised that she swam too Since I am insanely devoted and myself a distance swimmer I do have to say at the collegiate level they'd be doing the 1650 not the 1500 But um none of you will notice or care about that Anyway the accuracy impressed me but importantly it had me very much in the story because I knew exactly how Avery was feeling Down to that crappy moment when you have to get in the too cold pool and would rather visit the dentist or something The Survival I love a good survival show Like ones on The Discovery Channel where people somehow survive against all the odds? Yeah that is what this is like I mean surviving a plane crash is impressive enough but then to have to fend for yourselves and your injuries while you hope for rescue? Well that is a whole new level of intense The Plot in General Yes the survival aspect was great but it was just a part of the plot There was so much so much of Avery's evolution and recovery so many lives impacted so much that happens after the fact that even though we know she makes it out of The Rockies there's definitely plenty going on to keep the book interesting My one ualm Here's my only real problem with this book The beginning felt a little rushed and perhaps not as authentic as it could have been I never got the emotion during the plane crash aftermath I assume that during the actual crash adrenaline takes over so that isn't what I mean I mean when that wears off and the victims have time to process and shock sets in I guess I just kind of hoped to connect to those scenes of the book especially since they did set the stage for the entire thing Bottom Line The initial problem aside I really loved this book Do I think it was partially because of my connection with Avery and swimming? Probably but I do know that it certainly wasn't the only reason I loved this book The obstacles the relationships the characters the survival and Avery's growth in general made this a book I absolutely couldn't put downI received a copy from the publisher for reviewThis review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight


  9. says:

    This is a terrific debut novel about what it means to be a survivor and to struggle to return to a normal life after a traumatic eventNineteen year old Avery Delacorte a member of an elite swim team at a college in California is on her way home to Boston for Thanksgiving when her plane crashes in a lake in the Rocky Mountains From the outset of the story we know that Avery and another member of the swim team star swimmer Colin Shea and three little boys are the only survivors However once out of hospital and back home Avery is unable to overcome the trauma of the crash and near drowning as well as the days surviving in the wilderness She exhibits all the symptoms of PTSD but doesn't want to talk about what actually happened during the days following their survival from the crashThis is an excellent coming of age story written for youngnew adults that will also appeal to older adults The story is told from Avery's viewpoint with chapters alternating between her current struggle to find her feet again and the story of her survival The author depicts the struggle Avery has not only with herself but in allowing her boyfriend Lee and her family to help her Colin Shea is also a wonderful character a gentle soul who is also struggling to re find his place in the world I highly recommend this thoughtful emotive story with a touch of romance45★ With thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for a copy of this book to read and review


  10. says:

    What a great read I felt like this was actually happening it had such a ring of truth to it Avery Colin and three helpless little boys are plunged into a terrifying ordeal we know they survive it but at what cost? They are the sole survivors of a devastating plane crash and are stranded for weeks on a cold unforgiving mountaintopAs the story progresses Avery is forced to confront many inner and as well as physical demons her attempts to appear normal and her refusal to accept help for her PTSD eventually backfire on her Avery is a very intelligent strong brave young woman but time and again we see examples of her self doubt her fear of not fitting in of letting the team down leading her to do what others expect of her even if it means sacrificing her own dreams or desires Her father sums it up and spells it out uite beautifully towards the end of the novel I would take what he said so well one step further and say that no one is born perfect we must accept our shortcomings and defeats and if we are honest with ourselves and learn from those mistakes we grow to be better people Collin was a true hero he gave Avery the space she needed to come to terms with what had happened to them Such a patient decent guy who obviously admired and loved her despite her odd PTSD induced hot and hold behavior toward him I couldn't put this one down and even bought my own copy I'm going to pull it out of storage and lose myself in this wild adventure on a frigid mountaintopThis is Dr Claire Kells' first novel I look forward to many from this insightful author Highly recommended