Coming Up For Air by Miranda KenneallyComing Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

Coming Up For Air

byMiranda Kenneally

Paperback | July 4, 2017

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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 tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed. And it's not until Maggie's away on a college visit that sherealizes how much of the typical" high school experience she's missed by being in the pool.No 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 sacrifice in the water to win at love?"
Growing up in Tennessee, MIRANDA KENNEALLY dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliche!), 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. Visit mirandakenneally....
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Title:Coming Up For AirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.82 inPublished:July 4, 2017Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:149263011X

ISBN - 13:9781492630111

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Catching Jordan Fans Miranda Kenneally has done it again! Maggie and Levi are two characters I dare you not to fall in love with. Mirroring the friends verging on something more relationship between Jordan and Sam in Catching Jordan, Maggie and Levi's story is still hilariously and beautifully their own. Maggie represents many girls at the age of eighteen trying to navigate the world of boys and sex and deciding exactly what they want for themselves and with whom, without sacrificing who they are in the other aspects of their life, or ruining the relationships that mean the most to them along the way. Miranda's prose are as fluid and witty as ever, perfectly capturing the precariousness and awkwardness of falling in love with your best friend.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An All-Around Must-Read! I have so much love for Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks books. It's an excellent contemporary YA series. If you haven't read any yet you're seriously missing out. Friends-to-more relationships are the best trope in my opinion. When it's done right they can be so healthy and swoon-worthy. Ms. Kenneally is one author who does it right. Life is complicated and she brings that out in her stories. Her characters have realistic views. Not only that, they also are positive and encouraging. I enjoyed the swimming aspect of this book a lot. There's a lot of pressure on the characters but they swam for themselves. They stayed focused on their goals even as major changes happened and emotions ran high. At their age, it's easy to feel suffocated (especially given the competitive nature of the sports they're in) but they always had the right mindset. In the face of mistakes and changes they still genuinely cared and cheered for each other. They handled each big life transition well. I loved everything about these characters. It makes my heart sad thinking that this is the last book in this wonderfully relatable series. Despite my sadness, these stories will always stay with me and I'll definitely be rereading these books again and again!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love love this book ! Every time I pick up a hundred Oaks, I think only of summer, love and sports. I’m sad that this is the last book in the Hundred Oaks series. I get teary eyes thinking of Jordan, Sam Henry, Carter, JJ, Tyler, Kate, Will, Corndog, Jessie and many more (Some do make appearance). Totally heartbroken. The books are a lot of fun, light-hearts, and swoon-worthy, not a lot of drama. I like how there are moments in the book that shake you to the core to reflect of relationships with your friends, family, teachers, siblings, and yourself. That it is normal to have conflicts and feel the weight of the world on your shoulder. If there something I learned from the Hundred Oaks series, is that you need to let go of all that build of self-doubt and negativity. Let it go and lean it on the people who care about you. I love the humour, subtle flirting and sports lingo whether its football, baseball or even swimming.  For readers between 15-16, who are stepping into young adult romance, Hundred Oaks series are great books to start. There are fun, sexy and the cast of characters are delightful. Yes, the books are predictable and problematic ... I promise you, you will pick up this book and finished it in one sitting.  Coming Up For Air has reach beyond my expectations. It's Fantastic! I love her storytelling, her wonderful characters and well-research knowledge of sports in the books. Miranda has created a new cast that are just as amusing, quirky and charismatic. I adore Maggie and Levi. Hands down, my third favourite couple of the companion series. They just are comfortable with each other and have a relationship that is natural, never pressure or rushed. They know each other in and out. Even when Maggie pushes the idea of hooking up with Levi for experience before heading off to college, their friendship may have become blurry and the intensity of wanting each other more increases, they always had each other backs.   Maggie has an intense routine. Her whole life has been entirely swimming and hanging out with her best friends.  Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat. Maggie ideal planned is to go to university and trained for the Olympics. Maggie goes to the university for a tour for the weekend and after a disastrous hook-up- more embarrassment- It came to Maggie realization of how much high school experience she is missing and lacking. When she returns home, Maggie is determine to sought out the right person to give her the experience she needs and who better to ask than her thick as thieves best friend, Levi.  "We can start going to your house when you start cleaning your room.  Ugh, okay, Mom.  He chuckles.  You're my best friend.That means you should love me, messes and all.  I do, love you, just not your messy room. I can't walk in there without stepping on something. I could twist my ankle. He points at me. Coach would say going into your room is an unsanctioned activty. Levi. I warned, making him laugh again. You really don't want to come over because of my room.  No, it's not that. Oma said she was making a Bundt cake today. "  Levi. Levi. My Dutch blonde precious cinnamon bun. Levi is the type of friend who is thoughtful, shy and provides moral support. I think he superman underneath his swimmer body, Levi is the true friend who doesn't place conditions, or limitations on a relationship. He respects you, he will make you laugh and remind you that you can do anything. To Maggie, he loves unconditionally. He also just a regular guy who happens to loathe waking up the at the crack of dawn, works out, have sex in between races to take the edge off, is goofy, shy, and is such a big baby when ill.  " He shifts under my hand on his chest. Don't turn me on. He laughs, but it turns into another cough. "I ill." I figured a wouldn't let a little cold get in the way of sexytimes.  You 're right. I must be dying.  You're not dying.  Lesson number three: guys always want it. Except for when they are dying."  Did I mention that he loves to read during his free time ?  " I ride the eleavtor to my room. When I get there I find Levi sitting on the floor outside the door,  one hand buried in his long hair while the other is holidng a loved,worn copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  He started the series over again. " Yup. He has excellent reading choices - The Raven Boys, Divergent, and the Harry Potter series.   Together Levi and Maggie are both so focused and honestly good people. I adore their witty and clever inside jokes and banter like a old married couple. They just click together. I felt like I was on the side line, holding up a sign "SWIMCEST" to cheer them on and be together. I am also completely obsessed with Overboard and I'm ready to play Overboard with them. “ Tom Brady, Prince Harry, and Elvis.” Levi groans. He hates it when I don’t give him any girls to consider. Tapping his fingers on the steering wheel, he considers his options. “ I’d spend one hot night with Tom Brady-maybe some of his good luck from winning all those Super Bowels would rub off me. I’d spent a year with Prince Harry because he’s adventurous. He could get us into any party, and girls would be all over us. I’d throw Elvis overboard because he’s already dead.” Swimcest.Swimcest. Swimcest. I am dying over this. I am the coach anytime Levi and Maggie are together. Their friendship is something that is unbreakable. There the type of friendship that many of jealous are at because it so powering of love. That both will take a bullet for each other. In addition, the way that Keneally wrote about sex attitude in the books is great. I think its key especially for teens between 15-17 to understand and talk about sex. That talking about sex is normal. I feel that to be able to ask questions and learn what a not healthy and healthy relationship. How talking to your partner about what you want and not comfortable with is success in the relationship. I think that’s why I like Lucas and Maggie relationship. Not from the chemistry but they can talk it out. When events were getting heated and awkward, they took a step back and respect the other person boundaries.  I highly recommend reading Coming Up For Air or any of the Hundred Oaks Companions. If you are fans of Morgan Matson Since You’ve Been Gone, Jenny Han, To All The Boys I Loved Before and Katie McGarry Crossing The Line (Novella). This is the book for you.   And the epilogue, it's bring back to full circle. A long term fans of the Hundred Oaks will LOVE it and will fall in love with the series again. 
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard Work Pays Off ~Disclaimer~ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This book is about high schooler and Olympic hopeful Maggie. She eats, sleeps, and breaths swimming. Her every waking moment is for swimming. When she goes on a College campus visit she realizes that she has missed out on a lot of high school experiences because she is so focused. The top thing that she wants to have experience with is boys. But how will she go about it with such a jam packed schedule. Maybe her fellow swimming friend Levi can help her? This one decision complicates her life more than she ever thought, possibly jeopardizing her swimming career. This was a pretty short book. I finished it in one sitting. The characters and storyline were well developed. This book teaches that you have to love what you do and do what you love. At the same time you also have to take some time for yourself to have fun every once in a while. You can't force a situation, things will happen when they do. Maggie is always focused on beating other peoples swim times. All along she just had to better herself and believe that she had talent, in order to succeed. It takes a lot of hard work to accomplish your goals. I give it a 4/5 stars. 4/5 ⭐
Date published: 2017-06-16