Swimming to Tokyo by Brenda St. John Brown

Swimming to Tokyo

byBrenda St. John Brown

Kobo ebook | July 29, 2014

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The rules for swimming are simple:

Rule #1: There is no lifeguard on duty. Since her mom died three years ago, nineteen-year-old Zosia Easton's been treading water. Living at home. Community college. Same old Saturday nights. So when her father breaks the news he's taken a job transfer-and by the way, it means renting out the house that's been her refuge-a summer in Tokyo feels like it just might be a chance to start swimming again.

Rule #2: Beware of unexpected currents. Finn O'Leary has spent God knows how many years trying to drown out his past. Juvenile detention. Bad decisions. Worse choices. He's managed to turn it around - MIT, Dean's List, a sexier-than-thou body with a smile to match - at least on the surface. When his mom asks him to spend the summer with her, Tokyo seems as good a place as any to float through the summer.

Rule #3: Swim at your own risk.

Title:Swimming to TokyoFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:Spencer Hill PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1939392330

ISBN - 13:9781939392336

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong characters I received a copy of the eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review. Zosia and Finn knew of each other in high school but never traveled in the same circles. As the book is told from Zosia’s point of view the reader is aware that she observed Finn from afar. He appears to be the handsome bad boy with a dark history. As well, Zosia was recovering from the death of her cherished mother. Zosia’s father unexpectedly tells her that he has been transferred to Tokyo and she will spend the summer with him prior to going to college. And Finn will also be spending the summer in Tokyo with his mother. Interestingly, Zosia and Finn’s parents work together. Zosia is not aware of this connection. Upon her arrival, Zosia discovers that Finn is in Tokyo. They begin spending time together and their friendship evolves. The author cleverly uses dialogue and actions to show the reader that there is a definite attraction between Zosia and Finn. She shows the reader that their chemistry is real even when they deny it. This novel is character driven. The author has created interesting characters. Their voices are distinct and age appropriate. The supporting characters added dimension to the plot. In particular, Zosia’s grandmother, her Babci provided respected support and wisdom. Brenda St. John Brown brilliantly weaves the Polish and Japanese cultures into the novel. The use of language and vivid descriptions made for an interesting read. Zosia and Finn have difficult obstacles to overcome in order to move forward including but not limited to bereavement, abuse, anger. The author tackles these issues skillfully. Is their relationship solid enough to conquer their personal challenges? Swimming to Tokyo is a most enjoyable read, a book that is not limited to a Young Adult or New Adult audience.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely read I received a copy of the eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review. Zosia and Finn knew of each other in high school but never traveled in the same circles. As the book is told from Zosia’s point of view the reader is aware that she observed Finn from afar. He appears to be the handsome bad boy with a dark history. As well, Zosia was recovering from the death of her cherished mother. Zosia’s father unexpectedly tells her that he has been transferred to Tokyo and she will spend the summer with him prior to going to college. And Finn will also be spending the summer in Tokyo with his mother. Interestingly, Zosia and Finn’s parents work together. Zosia is not aware of this connection. Upon her arrival, Zosia discovers that Finn is in Tokyo. They begin spending time together and their friendship evolves. The author cleverly uses dialogue and actions to show the reader that there is a definite attraction between Zosia and Finn. She shows the reader that their chemistry is real even when they deny it. This novel is character driven. The author has created interesting characters. Their voices are distinct and age appropriate. The supporting characters added dimension to the plot. In particular, Zosia’s grandmother, her Babci provided respected support and wisdom. Brenda St. John Brown brilliantly weaves the Polish and Japanese cultures into the novel. The use of language and vivid descriptions made for an interesting read. Zosia and Finn have difficult obstacles to overcome in order to move forward including but not limited to bereavement, abuse, anger. The author tackles these issues skillfully. Is their relationship solid enough to conquer their personal challenges? Swimming to Tokyo is a most enjoyable read, a book that is not limited to a Young Adult or New Adult audience.
Date published: 2014-12-07