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The Summer I Learned to Dive

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  703 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Since the time she was a little girl, eighteen-year-old Finley “Finn” Hemmings has always lived her life according to a plan, focused and driven with no time for the average young adult’s carefree experiences. On the night of her high school graduation, things take a dramatic turn when she discovers that her mother has been keeping a secret from her—a secret that causes Fi ...more
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by Shannon McCrimmon
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Well friends, I finally won an ARC from Goodreads after years of putting my name in! I was so excited! I took it on vacation with me and I was all psyched up to read it. Then I turned on my Kindle. I saw THIS COVER (Doesn't Shannon McCrimmon have the best covers?). And hey, I was at the lake! So I just couldn't resist! I started reading it and I was instantly swept up in Finn's world (I'm so sorry, my ARC. I will read you soon, I promise). And The Summer I Learned to Dive was amaaaaazing!!!!!


This was a great summer read! I devoured it in a day; I could not put it down! Finley, aka Finn, is 18 and fresh out of high school with plans to go to medical school. She learns a secret about her family which prompts her to head off to South Carolina in search of some answers. What she finds there changes everything she ever believed.

Beautifully written story about love, family, and learning who you really are and what you're capable of!
I really enjoyed this book.

The only way I can think to describe it is by saying that it is a very 'pleasing' book - which says nothing at all really, only that pleasing is how the book felt to me from beginning to end. I'll try to do a little better if I can...

Finley (GREAT NAME) is an intelligent, socially awkward 17 year old girl with a life plan. She is a good girl who has always followed the advice of her single widowed mother. She has worked hard to ensure a successful life path for hersel
What a sweet book. I loved it and so would anyone else who has experienced a first love. It is so well written, without explicit sex and vulgar language. The Summer I Learned to Dive shows young adults making good choices about love and life. It is a book you can give to your teenager or your grandmother and they will love it. I love each and every character, I hope Shannon writes a sequel soon to let us know what Finn and Jesse are doing with their lives. Take this book with you to the beach, p ...more
Loved it! Highly recommend for a great, feel-good read.

Shannon McCrimmon's The Summer I Learned to Dive totally caught me off guard. I really didn't know what to expect with this book, so I went in with an open mind. I decided I would read a couple of chapters just to get a feel for it, and then save the rest for a road trip we were going to take on Saturday. Ummmmm, yeah. Once I picked this book up it was nearly impossible to put down. I even brought it to read at my hair salon, which is saying a lot. When I go to get my hair done, it's a gossip fe
Autumn Review
When I first got this request, I saw the cover and fell in love. Then I looked at my crazy review schedule and wasn't sure when I could get it in, but I took in on with hope that I could get to it by the end of the summer. Well, I'm a little past my deadline and am so sad that it took me so long to read this book. I really enjoyed it!

We meet Finn as she's just graduated from high school. She was a quiet teen who focused on school rather than friendships. As a result, she looked at her high schoo
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
Finley is what you could call a 'safe' person. Well in my opinion at least. She is safe because she keeps people at a distance and doesn't make room for friends. She has a plan in life and that is to make good grades...get into medical school and become a heart surgeon...marry by a certain time...have kids by a certain time. But that plan just got blown out of the water when on the day of her high school graduation she learns her grandparents have been trying to see her for years. Something her ...more
Avon Bernabe
4.5 stars

The Summer I Learned to Dive is a very heart-warming book. It's a pretty quick read but you'll learn a lot. I didn't expect the book to be the way it was before I read it. I was surprised. I love it.

It's sweet, sad and happy all at the same time. Nothing is over the top. Emotions all in-tacked. You will appreciate the importance of friendship, family, love and life with this book. From simple things to not so simple ones. It will make you realize that sometimes, planning is not needed.
This book was a beautiful coming of age story. It was about betrayal,new beginnings, and a young girl learning to spread her wings. Shannon's books always bring warmth to my heart and soul. The Summer I Learned to Dive is like home made apple pie...or in my case, chocolate pie.
May 29, 2012 GW rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
Received this free on the kindle, and it was quite an enjoyable read. I'd recommend this to all young adults - and it's a really good contemporary and realistic story. It's about rediscovering family and finding romance. It's a quick read as well, I finished it in about an hour or so without putting it down.
The Summer I Learned to Dive is one of those great summer reads. The kind you want to have when your sitting by the pool, soaking up the sun, and in need of a cute romance.

Finn was the type of girl that had one goal in mind, and she didn't let anything deviate her from the plan. She graduated as the valedictorian and got into the college of her dreams, but it wasn't until after she graduated that she realized how much she gave up for the plan. That's when you get to see Finn finally dive into l
Finn Hemmings is graduating from high school, she is the valedictorian of her class, and she has her life all planned out, college, med school. Finn has even spent all four years of high school devoted to this plan. She has studied all the time, neglected friends and a social life, but for a greater purpose, or so she thought. On graduation night, Finn happens upon some cards that her mother has been keeping from her. All her life, Finn has believed that her grandparents didn't want anything to ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had.

Finn was a quiet, studious girl looking to go to medical school to fulfill her, and her mother's, dream. She knew her life. She knew that her father was dead, that her mother was the only family she had. Finn knew she didn't have many friends but that her end goal was the most important thing for her to focus on. Oh my, how things changed for Finn! The Summer I Learned to Dive was a wonderful coming-of-age young adu
Deborah Thompson
I really loved this book. Yes some, no many of the characters were over the top but not to the point of distraction.

This is a coming of age story about a girl named Finley. She spends the summer discovering who she is not who others want her to be. But it's more than that. Finley has lived her life according to her mother's plan for her and her mother making decisions about her life she thought was best for her. No her mother is not evil or overly strict she just made a lot of decision out of fe
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Finn was girl who did everything she was supposed to do. She was great in school, a great daughter and never got in trouble. But she always felt something was missing. She never experienced how it was to be a real teenager. She had questions about her past and wondered if there was more to what her mother has always told her.
When she realizes that her mother lied to her about her father and grandparents she goes off in search
A. Bookzilla.
First thing's first: Shannon McCrimmon can paint a beautiful scene with words. I could see the setting before my eyes. Wonderful prose, I was taken aback. I didn't really expect it to be so good.
However, it was sometimes a bit repetitive, and the author often points out the obvious. Also, I get that Finn is a well-read, smart young woman, but the use of words like "obsequiously" and "acquiesced" was a bit over the top. Why not simplify? But it didn't bother me too much.

Finn's somewhat melancholi
Alessandra Torre
One thing I've noticed, since I started "writing" is that I don't enjoy books nearly as much as I used to. Grammar and poor writing stick out like sore thumbs, and I often can't see the beauty of a book because I get too distracted by little crap items that shouldn't really matter.

That being said....

This is a sweet story, and was a light-hearted, enjoyable read. I definitely would consider it YA, which wasn't something I expected, and isn't something I ever read. A friend of a friend of someone'
Michael Burhans
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book, wonderful characters, a compelling story. Watching people grow and change in realistic ways. A self-contained story but obviously ripe for a sequel, which I just bought. LOL

A different spin on coming of age than I have read. It only missed 5 stars in my eyes because it didn't have quite the pop of a Nyrae Dawn or Colleen Hoover or some others. As a first book though I am very impressed and as I said, as soon as I tweeted I had finished it I bought the nex
Jul 11, 2012 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This was a sweet book. It looked at a girl who thought she had everything figured out, and in one summer her life completely shattered through a long kept lie and how she rebuilt it and altered her "life plan".

I enjoyed watching Finn grow and start to break out of the shell she had placed around herself. It was interesting to watch her make friends for the first time, go out, learn to dive, and become interested in a boy.

I also loved the sweetness of the relationship between Jesse and Finn (oh
Lyndi Hedgecock
LOVED this book! This was the first book I payed for on my kindle and I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it! I bought the next one as soon as I was done with this one! :)
The Summer I learned to Dive is the story of Finn Hemmings taking her life back over. Her life has always been planned out and if it didn't meet that end goal then you didn't do it. After she discovers her mother's secret she decides that it is time she became who she wanted to be and not who her mother wanted her to be.
This is a great book with very relatable problems, I've personally always wondered how different my life would be if I had stopped doing what other people planned and took over m
A sweet story about a girl "coming of age". She's graduated high school at the top of her class, ready to enter college and embark on a career as a doctor. But on the evening of her graduation, the bottom drops out of her world and everything she thought she knew about her life and her family has been a lie. During the summer, she discovers life - life as she never knew it, with friends, a job, family, a first romance. She also discovers what it means to really live. I loved this story - just wi ...more
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Rachel Lynn Sterling
Loved the characters and the storyline. There were a few times I questioned the situations, but not to a bothersome extent. Romance was good, but secondary and very gradual. It was more about the heroin discovering who she really was and wanted to become. The author did have an “explain everything” writing style (ie. She walked to the car. She opened the door. She sat down and looked out the windshield.) It wasn’t too bad though. There were several times that I didn’t want to put it down and a f ...more
I liked this Cute summer romance. It was very entertaining and kept me in suspense until the End. Finnley was always the quite girl in high school, who always had her head stuck in a book until the night she graduated from High school. She left home in search for her Grandparents and stayed with them for the summer! She let go of all her inhibitions and learned how to just be a regular teenage girl. She found friends she could do things with and fell in Love to boot!!
I really enjoyed this Kindle freebie. I liked the main character, a teenager who had just finished high school who discovers her mother had been hiding the truth from her for many years. She gets upset, acts to resolve and does not brood for the whole book like some teenagers do in fiction. There are a few twists thoroughout the book and a nice romance to go with it. From the descritpions of the scenery, South Carolina sounds like a nice place to visit.
I really enjoyed this book. The relationship between Jesse and Finn was sweet and made me think back to my first love. I don't normally read this genre but I was drawn into the story line of a young girl finding herself and learning about her past. I especially liked the relationship development between Finn and her grandparents. The ending left me feeling warm inside and wanting a sequel because I would like to see where Finn goes from here.
Becky Pierce
The only thing I can say about this book is that it ended too soon! I must get the next book to see what happens...
I started reading this book and had no idea how hooked I would get. This book is am amazing journey - watch a high school graduate learn to spread her wings and all that happens along the way. I loved each moment...going to try and find the next one! I have already told a friend it is a must read!! :)
I really enjoyed this summer romance. But it wasn't all romance. It was about Finn finding out about herself. All her life she hadn't been very social, and she had been all about grades and getting into college. After graduation she finds out about her grandparents and makes the decision to find them in a search for discovery. I loved watching her grow and learn and fall in love. Great book!
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Shannon McCrimmon was born and raised in Central Florida. She attended Rollins College and earned a Master's Degree in Counseling. In 2008, she moved to the upstate of South Carolina. It was the move that inspired her to write her first novel. She currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and toy poodle. She'd love to hear from you! Connect with her at
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