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Diving In

(Open Door Love Story #2)

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She was drowning and he was the only one who could save her.

Brynn Garrett is unsure about a lot of things. Was taking a year off between high school and college to learn the family dry cleaning business a smart move or a stall tactic? Is she maintaining a long distance relationship with her boyfriend Andy because she loves him or out of habit? And will her family of four e
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Published (first published May 20th 2014)
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Bianca
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Diving In is book 2 of the Open Door Love Story and can be read as a standalone. However, I strongly suggest you read the first book in the series as it will shatter everything you thought about love. I wasn’t sure if Brynn’s story could top the first one. But the way my heart reacted to this story, I think it did. I did more than read and experience this story. I lived it. Yes. LIVE.

“This is what it means to desire someone.”

Most high schoolers
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Chelsea (OwlAlwaysBeReading)
This book is part of a series, Open Door Love Story, but can be read as a stand-alone. It is recommended to read Crossing first, as this book has details eluding to the story in Crossing

Brynn Garret is a high school freshman, she loves swimming, but it's a secret. One Labor Day weekend she attends a party, because her mom, who is always worried about appearances, made her go. She's in the back pond to go for a swim. While she's swimming out of sight, two kids come down to the dock and start maki
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DCT
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. A nice continuation in this Open Door series. I had just completed Crossing, so I dove right in to Diving In. This story focuses on Brynn, Liam's younger sister, who didn't let her Mother's need for constant perfection, and keeping up social appearances, hold her back from living her life her way. We start the story, getting a glimpse of a traumatic event that has a great impact on Brynn, and we learn how she tries to cope with the decisions she made that day and how they have impacte ...more
Sarah
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Diving In was just as memorable and risky as the first book in this series is. You hear horrifying stories of stupid actions turning into life-changing events like Gabe being confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life but there is rarely any story on what their life is like afterwards. Benefiel clearly did a lot of research, or has a personal relationship with a paraplegic to be able to explain Gabe's experiences in a believable yet relatable way. Similarly to Crossing, having less in com ...more
Selina
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, pwd
This was a quick, fun read. The characters are vibrant, the tone is funny, and the voice is strong and unique. The characters jumped off the page for the most part and had good development. I felt that some aspects were rushed, particularly the big reveal of the long held secret. It seemed rushed, sloppy, and quickly glossed over. The storyline with the Mom added another element to the story that also seemed a bit rushed and glossed over at times.

I liked the ending. I felt like it was fitting an
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Rose Canteiro
The book starts interesting and exciting, but then it turns into a superboring story of two youngsters in a laundry shop dealing with repelent parents. I could barely finish reading it, all the thrill and suspense and emotional weight of the inicial drama fades away to dullness. It was boring, it's a shame. Perhaps I should reread it sometime in the future.

But I want to do justice to some lovely parts like Gabe is a very cute character, he's not bitter or shy about his disability at all, I love
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Barbie
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book hit close to home with me. I have a member in my family who is in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, die to horrible motorcycle accident.

I was laughing, crying, happy, almost every emotion there is, I was that.

She clearly did her research, wrote the character's, and plot perfect. Not to much detail, and not to little. (which can get annoying. )

It had parents who annoyed their child (we can all relate). secret likes, (mines reading and I hid it well ).

I recommend this book to all
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Antonia
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
a nice story that flowed well. some big coincidences but they fit ok, a family relationship that seemed f***ed up, but then, families and relationships like that exist. the writing was good... yeah... nice...
Christel Grady
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I laughed til I peed a little. I cried. This one hit pretty close to home, but I loved it. As usual.
Carrie
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I literally just finished the book and was so moved that I picked up my laptop to write a review on the spot. This book really threw me into an emotional tailspin. I was happy, sad, laughing, smiling, and put my kindle down with such a sense of satisfaction that I had to share my thoughts with the internet.

This book picks up with Liam's sister, Brynn. I don't think you actually have to have read the other book to enjoy this one, but it was also really good, so you should. Brynn is skating throug
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Autumn
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While this is the second book in the series I feel pretty confident in saying you could read this out of order. Its not a sequential series more of a series where the characters inner mix. Though if you choose to read Diving In first know that theres a HUGE spoiler from Crossing in it.

Diving In is another masterpiece penned by Stacey Wallace Benifel. This series will change the way you read. Gone are all the cookie cutter characters. The characters and situations are so real! I didnt even reali
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Coral Mitchell
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Brynn's story, Liam's sister. The story starts when she witnesses tragedy at 16 and had to hide the truth of what happened. Three years later, she is managing one of her Grandfather and Mother's dry-cleaning shops. Gabe re-enters her life and she realizes she has not coped well with his accident, Travis, Izzy, and her own domineering mother. A wonderful, heartfelt read.
Victoria Darkins
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Devotees, romance lovers
Recommended to Victoria by: Amazon
Shelves: 2014, kindle-format
I truly loved this book. The story was good and solid, the characters were like a breath of fresh air. The dialogue was very funny in all the right places. The romance was so ordinary but powerful.
Christine
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
The writing was a bit try hard but the story was decent.
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