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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 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

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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 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

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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 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


10 thoughts on “Girl Underwater

  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

  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 sta

  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

  4. says:

    ★★★★½I have watched my fair share of movies featuring an airplane crash Castaway and The Grey being ones that ha

  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 auth

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    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 survi

  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 afte

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    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 t

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    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