How to Breathe Underwater
Now in a new home, new school, and faced with the prospect of starting over, K ...more
All her life, she has been longing for her father’s affection that she thought she could earn by letting him control her every move. That was why when Kate caught her father cheating; everything she had built which constitutes her belief that swimming was all she is, changed.
How to Breathe Underwater is a beautiful book taking you through self-discovery and realization. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It takes you through love and loss and what a thoughtful book it is.
This story is about Kate who is a state-championship winner in swimming. She has spent the last 10 years of her life swimming and competing to please her father, who is also her swim coach. But her father betrays her and her family. Kate moves to a new ...more
• Pro: I am a fan of feeling the feels, and Skinner definitely delivered. Kate's anguish with separating swimming from her father was palpable. Her emotions were raw and real, and I really felt ...more
I love how “How to Breathe Underwater” posed as a simplistic yet profoundly heartfelt novel at the same time. What the MC struggles with were similar to mine~not all. And I instantly connected to her. I just
For a book that had tackled a lot of themes and at this length? 304 pages? The topics went on so sincerely; pictured how it happened and dealing with it. Me crying over this book is an understate ...more
HOW TO BREATHE UNDERWATER, though enjoyable, misses the mark for me as it casts Kate’s father as The Bad Guy, cause of all her problems and the family problems instead of taking a ...more
This book completely blew me away!! It was so different than what I was expecting. A well-written touching novel about change, grief, expectations and relationships. It deals with many important topics and it’s very real, depicting teenage life as it is, and showing that sometimes that things we envision for ourselves aren’t the best and sometimes we all get a little lost.
It’s an intense journey about finding who you are, about dealing with other people’s expectations and with dealing ...more
I skimmed the last few chapters of this book because I just didn't want to waste precious reading time. Kate is a character that's hard to like or empathize with. The writing is mediocre and just nothing special. The insta love is cringey and silly. And the co ...more
The result? How to Breathe Underwater was one heck of a treat! Romantic, emotional, and funny, How to Breathe Underwater managed to wow me the whole way through.
How to Breathe Underwater introduces Kate, a high school junior, who isn't having the best year. She's dealing with ...more
1. Fully developed cast. While Kate is the protagonist of this debut, she's not the only character with layers and flaws and problems. Her parents, sister, love interest, and friends all have challenges that play out alongside Kate's. I appreciate when a story feels as complicated as real life, and HTBU definitely does.
2. Sweet, slow-burn romance. Love doesn't come easy for Kate and her v. cute salsa dancing neighbor, Michael, which means that ...more
I read a few chapters and really appreciated the authenticity of the MC and her relationships but it just wasn't for me.
I dropped it after 3 unnecessary f-bombs and 3 random sexual conversations. I was interested in the plot and invested in where Vicky Skinner was going with it, but there are cleaner books to read.
This book had a lot going on. Kate's dad cheats on her mom, resulting in chapter one: Kate moves to Portland with her mom. In the aftermath of The Affair, (view spoile ...more
How to Breather Underwater sucked me in from the start. This author's writing style is really enjoyable. We see a lot of books in the YA genre about teenagers that end up having some family problems. This was the first one I read where the main character starts questioning her passion for the sport she thought she loved.
Kate is really hurt when she finds out her father has been cheating on her mother. Her mother moves them to another city and this turns her life upside down. Another sch ...more
"Michael didn't expect anything from me. My father, my mother, even Lily, they all expected something from me, whether I was ready to give it or not. But Michael just looked at me like he was waiting. He was waiting to see what I would do next, what I would say next, who I would be in the next ten minutes" (p. 9...more
Kate is a fairly average teenager, save for one big exception, she's the best swimmer in the state. With her dad as her coach constantly pushing her to do more, be better, work harder, etc. there's a lot of emotional baggage tied into her sport. When Ka ...more
Because this book was amazing! Vicky's writing style is on point! With a unique persp ...more
The problem with this is that I was holding my breath for the next book to come out, and now I am scared that it might let me down too. I just should have waited for that one instead *sigh* ...more
Allllll of that fantastic stuff aside, the roman ...more
The problem is that the entire book is one cliche after another. The other problem is that the characters are huge cliches. The third problem is that Kate is an idiot. I was actually going to give this book two stars because it’s not like it’s the worst thing I’ve ever read, but ...more
Kate has to start everything over—new life, new school, new friends, and new…love interest? Kate quits swimming, which is a big blow since it was the one thing she had, her mom is sufferi ...more