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Coming Up for Air

(Hundred Oaks)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,113 ratings  ·  523 reviews
Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pr
Paperback, 293 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've always been a fan of Miranda's books and BFF to more is one of my favorites, so I might have squealed when I got approved for this.

Love love loved Maggie and Levi. They're both so focused and honestly good people. I enjoyed their banter and inside jokes and I'm ready to play Overboard with them. I also loved their little group of friends. As always, some of the best scenes had Jordan in them.

The plot was exactly what I was expecting and when the inevitable conflict happens, I was rooting fo
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)

“I want you to teach me to hook up.”

This was a YA contemporary romance featuring a best-friends to lovers storyline.

I really liked Maggie in this and I felt really sorry for her when she was bullied by another swimmer. I also liked Levi, and the chemistry between them was really good.

The storyline in this was about Maggie asking Levi to teach her how to hook-up, and them then discovering that their f
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
3 1/2

One of my favorite Kenneally's books! I loved the aspect of competitive swimming and adored the romance! A great summer read for sure!

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series is one of my favourite YA Contemporary series, of all time! I simply adore her story telling, and immediately started the final book in the series as soon as it became available on NetGalley. In Coming Up For Air, Maggie has next to no time for a personal life. Everything revolves around swimming, and her hope that she will one day qualify for the US Olympic team
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Catching Jordan and Breathe, Annie, Breathe, but this one here.. oh, it is definitely my top favourite.

5 shiny stars.
I loved EVERYTHING about it: the writing, the humor, the characters (one of the best main characters in a contemporary, I absolutely adore her), the storyline, the ending. It is pretty much drama free, even though there is personal or relationship struggle, the characters are mature for their age, there is comunication (even though sometimes they have no idea what they a
Maggie's entire life is swimming. Since she was a kid, her focus has been on the sport and hopefully qualifying for the Olympics one day. Her best friend, Levi, also swims, and the two spend most of their time together. As they enter their senior year, however, Maggie starts to realize how much of typical teen life she's missed out on because of swimming. In particular: relationships and being with a guy. So Maggie turns to Levi for help. After all, her best friend is well-versed in randomly hoo ...more
Geri Reads
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

I adore Miranda Kenneally's writing. Her YA stories are one of my go-to's when I'm hankering for a light, YA romance read.

Coming Up For Air checks all the YA romance boxes, and I enjoyed it. It's a pretty straightforward story. What you read in the blurb is what you get.

Maggie is a competitive swimmer who wants an Olympic tryout spot. Her best friend, Levi already has a spot and Maggie is working overtime to get in as well. Even with that goal, Maggie is still a teenager. Yes, she ha
Ginger at
I'm honored to have read an early copy of this & so grateful to Miranda for sharing her words with me. As someone who adores swimming, I really enjoyed reading this novel set amongst the swimmer's world. It's the perfect balance of real life issues that I know teens can identify with, accompanied with a super competitive sport that intensifies the story that much more.
Sep 04, 2014 marked it as to-read
ohmygod yes please. I'll read anything Miranda Kenneally writes.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
She said it's the end...

Yep, that's right.  Hundred Oaks is done, according to Miranda Kenneally's Twitter feed.  Her final book in the series, Coming Up For Air, is all about firsts but it also takes a look back to where it all started.



Maggie King has been swimming towards the Olympic trials almost the entire 17+ years of her life.   With her best friend Levi Lucassen by her side the entire way, they both train hard almost every day.  The one break... Friday nights with their other two best f
Its a nice summer read. Only reason Im not giving it more than 3 stars its cause plot felt a bit unfinished. But I still liked it. ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 21, 2017 marked it as unfinished
Shelves: steamy, young-adult
I'm abandoning this at about 70% mark, though "without prejudice" (i.e. rating). It's really well-written and the characters are very well-depicted. And with a setting and story that are interesting.

But this is a story of sexual discovery (not unlike Judy Bloom's Forever . . .) only in a modern world where the college hook-up culture has clearly penetrated the American High School. And that depresses me. Kenneally is an outstanding writer so she is neither condemning nor condoning that developme
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
2,5 estrellas redondeadas a 2 porque sí, me gustó, pero en realidad it was ok?

"There’s definitely a double standard. It seems guys can do whatever they want sexually because boys will be boys. But girls have every right to experiment too. Can’t girls be girls?"

El libro comienza de manera poco prometedora: las típicas descripciones físicas de los personajes en las primeras 10 paginas donde nos enteramos que la protagonista es "promedio" (aunque no lo es) y el protagonista es hermoso, musculoso
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a really sweet YA coming-of-age romance that focuses on the focus, determination, and hard work of being a competitive athlete in your teens.

It was an entertaining, engaging read and I really enjoyed it.
Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)
Guys, this was so good.

Like really, adorably, amazingly good!

I wasn’t a huge fan of Catching Jordan, Miranda Kenneally’s first novel in the Hundred Oaks series. When I received this from Netgalley I wasn’t sure what to expect. As someone who absolutely loves swimming, I was hoping this would entice more than football does and I just could not put it down! I seriously read this in one sitting! Although the romance was perfect (who else loves the “best friends to something more” trope?), I was a
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:

I’ve read five of Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks books, but Coming Up for Air is the only one that’s ever been absolutely unputdownable for me. I don’t know if it’s the really amazing friendship/relationship between protagonist Maggie King and best friend/swimming partner Levi Lucassen, the sex positivity, the descriptions of thetraining needed for the Olympics, or the absolute steaminess of the romance…

Ok, wait, who am I kidding, it’s definitely the s
Jen Ryland
Very sweet friends-to-romance story. RTC!
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc
Hundred Oaks is back at it with a new sports story! I love how Kenneally always manages to capture an authentic look into the minds of teens.

This one lacked a certain depth the others had, but I was hooked until the end, per usual.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it


I wasn’t aware going into Coming Up For Air that this was the last book in the Hundred Oaks series. This series has been such a comforting and pleasant presence in my reading life, so I’m sad that it’s over. For me, these books have consistently grown better and Miranda Kenneally’s strength as a YA writer has only improved. Coming Up For Air was a satisfying conclusion, though I’m going to admit, it wasn’t my favorite book from the author for a couple of reasons.

I don’t quite get why friend
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I have said this about every review of a book in this series, but I don’t care. I love when a new book comes out and I can sit down and binge-read for hours, getting lost in the fantastic, sporty world that Miranda Kenneally has created. I also love that each book features a different girl who’s obsessed with a sport. I’m not a sporty girl at all, so it’s great to get a sense of how dedicated and strong you have to be to swim, play soccer, football, play softball or trai
Jess (the cozy reader)
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Big thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for an ARC copy for review

I cannot express enough how much I absolutely adore Miranda Kenneally's' Hundred Oaks series! They are seriously my go to books whenever I need cheering up. So when I saw Coming Up For Air on NetGalley, I immediately pushed that request button. This novel was light, funny, charming, and with an adorable romance that Miranda creates everytime, along with a great sports background of swimming. I absoutely love to swim!

Both Magg
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to gain an ARC of this book, and it didn't disappoint. I couldn't put it down.

Maggie's life revolves around swim. Eat, sleep, swim and swim some more. She wants to be one of the best, and that means practice, practice and more practice. She hasn't had time to enjoy the normal high school experience. She decides she needs help from her best friend, so Maggie isn't a complete novice by the time she goes to college. Her best friend is also a swimming champion and doesn't have time
Jen Petro-Roy
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, ebook, arc, ya
Miranda Kennealy is one of the most feminist and sex-positive writers out there right now. I love how she explores the decisions girls make and how they feel about relationships while grounding her stories in the athletics world.
Jun 04, 2017 added it
Shelves: contemp, netgalley, dnf
Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally

Release Date: July 4th, 2017 

DNF @ 12%

Thanks so much for the publisher for sending me an E-ARC of this book via Netgalley - thanks again!

I had always wondered about Miranda Kenneally's books. Her name continues to crop up in YA contemporary, and since I'm clearly a lover of contemporary, it seems that I should have picked up one of her books by now. Alas, I had yet to make it to one to this book. Perhaps because she used a lot of sports themes in her books?
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first story by the author but not my last. A fast read with the thrill I didn't know I was missing in my latest YA books.

Maggie has always focused on he swimming and she hadn't regretted until lately when she has a trauma of a hook-up. But the only one she can think of to teach her how to do it the proper way is her best friend Levi. In fact, she can't stop thinking of him in too many unspeakable ways.

This book comes with a funny story, I've been after it for months and months but I never not
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I've only read Breathe, Annie, Breathe and Catching Jordan in this series...and in that order, but I can see why so many readers love Miranda Kenneally's books. They all share such a vivid, realistic portrayal of what it's like to be a teenager: a little angst, a little romance, and a whole lot of finding yourself, all while being very sex-positive. Without having read the entire series, I don't think it would be right to pick a favorite, but I've always loved the best-friends-to-more romance, a ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 30-before-30
This book was ADORABLE. It took a minute for it get going but once it did, so good.

I wish I had realized it was part of a larger series but thankfully, it stood on its own haha
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May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is exactly what I was looking for and hoping it would be - a sweet and funny YA contemporary romance. The characters were relatable and I enjoyed the main characters, Levi and Maggie, as much as the secondary. This is part of the Hundred Oaks series, but can be read as a stand alone.

I think the best part about this book was Maggie. I loved that through it all she stayed true to herself and was very mature for her age. Of course, there is some drama (she is a teenager after all), but overall
Miranda Keneally works her magic again with the latest installment in her Hundred Oaks companion novel series. I fell in love with Maggie and her story, and it certainly didn't hurt that I also happened to love a certain boy too... Ahem. I also really liked the way relationships (or lack of one) were tackled in this one, and was more than happy to see some familiar faces pop up again. It's such a fun read!
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I really enjoyed this read. Coming Up for Air was a book with coming into your own, all the while navigating growing older and finding your place as a young adult. Maggie was inexperienced and wanted nothing more than to gain some experience with a guy before she went off to college. This book was enjoyable because as a reader you got to see Maggie's growth and her character develop as she learned who she was as a person and found love at the same time. This was a good book with a great message. ...more
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Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

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Hundred Oaks (8 books)
  • Catching Jordan
  • Stealing Parker
  • Things I Can't Forget
  • Racing Savannah
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