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Breath Like Water

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  580 ratings  ·  204 reviews
Susannah Ramos has always loved the water. A swimmer whose early talent made her a world champion, Susannah was poised for greatness in a sport that demands so much of its young. But an inexplicable slowdown has put her dream in jeopardy, and Susannah is fighting to keep her career afloat when two important people enter her life: a new coach with a revolutionary training s ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 19th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Did you see this amazing cover? Two young people reach out to hold each other’s hands to save themselves for pushing themselves up from the water and keep on breathing! This is a great sign that something poignant, powerful, emotional hid inside the pages.

And I’m so happy that beautiful cover didn’t disappoint me or gave me any false impression.

First of all, I liked to this journey of two young people fight against the psychical and mental struggles in their life, working their ass off to be s
Larry H
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
How hard will you push to achieve your dreams, and what will you sacrifice to achieve them? These questions are at the core of Anna Jarzab's Breath Like Water .

All Susannah has known for as long as she can remember is swimming. She dreams of going to the Olympics, a dream she felt even closer to when she won a world championship at age 14. But when her body starts to slow down and change as she gets older, she wonders if her chance is over or whether she should listen to her overbearing coach
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
2.5 stars

My problem with this book was the main character, Susannah. She is ambitious and very focused on achieving her goal, which is not a bad thing, but she is also very self-centered, inconsiderate and rude. There were moments when she was nice, but that would change the moment something didn't go the way she wanted. She is the type of person who thinks that everything is always about her and I can't relate to that.

There were some lovely characters here. Susannah's parents are wonderful, as
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, this fucking amazing book came out of nowhere???
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Failure is an intersection.”

One of the most inspiring books for young readers I’ve read in a while. Where was this story 15 years* ago?

Seriously, I don't even know where to start here, as I loved pretty much everything about it. It's also hard to talk about this book without spoiling some major points, but I will try my best. I'll start with the main characters...


Susannah is one of the strongest characters I've come across. She is passionate, motivated, driven, loyal, c
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
It's after 1 pm and I have done nothing today besides finish this book. I have no regrets.
I got an ARC of this and I am so glad I did. I had not seen it before picking it up but as someone who swims competitively, this spoke to my soul.
This book follows a girl named Susannah that was a super fast swimmer when she was young but recently she has been experiencing a slow down. She is still working her butt off in and out of the pool but nothing is really helping. Then, she meets a boy and a new
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
"The best way I’ve come up with to describe how Harry kisses is that he does it with joy."

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

Breath Like Water wasn't the story I was expecting, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Susannah was a wonderful character that I could easily relate to, and her determination was enviable. She struggled to
Elliot A
May 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2020-reading-list
Thank you to the publisher, Inkyard Press, for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I read most of the book in one day, staying up until 2 o’clock in the morning just to finish it. It wasn’t because I was so hooked on the story, instead I kept seeing all this potential and held out hope that the story might improve or at least find its centre.

I checked out a few other reviews in this story and I must warn you, this is going to be a very
The Nerd Daily
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Mimi Koehler

Every once in a while, I pick up with no expectations whatsoever. I don’t read about it online; I don’t look up reviews. I just go into it blindly. And every once in a while, a book surprises me by exceeding all the expectations I didn’t have.

Breath Like Water was one of those books.

Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily
Alyson Stone
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fic, arc
Book: Breath Like Water
Author: Anna Jarzab
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher, Inkyard Press, for sending me an ARC.

I will just go ahead and put this out there: I didn’t really enjoy the beginning of the book. However, I could sense something about this one that I knew if I kept on reading that I would come to enjoy it. I was right. Once I got into the book, I was in love. I loved the characters and the impact that this one left on me. This book may seem light hearted
mia :)
This was absolutely gorgeous!! ❤️
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Review coming soon!
Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
You can find this review of Breath Like Water on my blog, Heart's Content!

Received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from the publisher, Inkyard Press (HarperCollins), via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I can say, safely, that we get exactly what we read in the synopsis and more. Breath Like Water is a story about support and struggle, about conflict and care, of being self-absorbed and being selflessness. It was also about fights that help you grow and those that bring you down
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
"But I'm starting to understand the power of individual moments. The joy that can be found when you're not too distracted by the faraway horizon to appreciate the beauty of where you're standing."
Breath Like Water is a beautiful, moving story about reaching for your dreams, discovering new ones, and finding people to support you along the way. Susannah Ramos was once a promising Olympic hopeful, but between an overbearing coach and an injured shoulder, she's worried her swimming care
Jen Ryland
I requested this because I'd enjoyed Anna Jarzab's multiverse YA, so requested a copy.

I was surprised (but happily) to get a bittersweet contemporary story about women in sports, mental health, family relationships, balancing relationships with goals and achievement, and more.

Susannah Ramos was a world champion swimmer as a tween, but as she grew a woman's body, her self-confidence and swimming began to falter. Susannah's swimming program hires Beth, a new female coach with new ideas about how
Donna Hines
First I'd be remiss if I didn't thank Harlequin Teen, Inkyard Press, Anna Jarzab, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC and this blog tour opportunity.
Anna Jarzab is a new YA author to me that I was introduced to via this request and I couldn't be happier to share my thoughts.
Our main character was a young Mexican female teen named Susannah who was going through growth spurts and changing into a woman's body.
As such, her talent in swimming also changed and soon DNF's became apparent with a c
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars
T. Rosado
Jun 03, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020

DNF at 46%
Once the protagonist became involved with the love interest, the story started to lack authenticity. The conversations and actions of the characters suddenly became more mature than previously written and it didn’t correlate with their age or experience. Once I started to cringe and roll my eyes, I lost interest. It probably didn’t help that I finished one of the most authentic and relatable YA books immediately prior to this one.
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
I like watching the Olympic swim meets as much as the next person and angsty teen romance is kind of why I read this genre, lol! That being said, I enjoyed this one but I wasn't expecting the bittersweet ending. Or the grueling real life challenges of those Olympic hopefuls. It turned out to be a bit of a downer for me.

So although the beginning and the middle where great for reeling me in, keeping me interested and giving me characters to really root for, the end left me feeling deflated.

I'm no
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is such a good book! Why aren’t more people reading/talking about this?

We follow the journey of young swimmer Susannah Ramos, whose dream and goal has always been to make the Olympic swimming team. As a young girl, she’s a real prodigy and well on her way to fulfill that dream. As a teenager though, Susannah’s body starts changing and she struggles to adjust in the water. A year prior to the Olympic team trials, she does everything it takes to get back in her best shape and become even fast
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For full blog tour review, visit

A huge thank you to NetGalley, Anna Jarzab, Harlequin TEEN, and Inkyard Press for the opportunity to not only review Breath Like Water in exchange for an honest review, but to have been invited to be a part of the blog tour for this book!

First and foremost, I absolutely adored this book; Breath Like Water is a heart-wrenching page-turner that is impossible to put down.

One of the unique aspects of this book is that it is a
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Susannah, a world champion swimmer at fourteen, dreams of making the Olympics, despite her years of struggling since. Dave, her harsh coach doesn’t think she has the skill. Beth, the new assistant coach sees something in Susannah and soon she’s on track for a comeback. For the first time she’s distracted by a boy with a complicated set of circumstances.

BREATH LIKE WATER is an uneven story of competition, self-esteem, first love, mental illness, family and friendship. Anna Jarzab checked
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
i was living for the concept, the sport and the passion. but, unfortunately, susannah wanted to be punched many, many, times. she was stubborn, selfish and unbearable. she, then, fixed her mistakes, however, she made them a LOT.
on the other hand, we have harry. harry was wonderful. he brought happiness whenever his character appeared. he was warm, kind and sensible. he transformed the book for me.
overall, i liked it and adored numerous things, yet susannah frustrated me which is why the book do
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed this book! It seriously brought me back to my competitive swimming days, and I found myself on the edge of my seat with anxiety while reading the swim meet scenes, so many feelings I had for years while competing bubbles to the surface and I felt the characters anxiety and excitement. It was wild that reading those scenes brought back so many visceral memories of what it’s like stepping up to the block for a race. I highly highly recommend this book if you were ever a com ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, gr-giveaways
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! Breath Like Water has a spot on my 2020 Top 10 list for sure. 💕 I have to admit, my connection to this book took me by surprise. Not that I expected to not enjoy it, I wouldn't have picked it up if it didn't sound interesting, but generally storylines centered around sports and competition don't hold the greatest appeal for me, so I always hope for something more in those books. But wow, not only did Breath Like Water, by Anna Jarzab, bring so much of that "more," but I actually loved all ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was terrific. It was a moving story of a girl who just wants to swim and reach the Olympics and finds out what is truly important in life.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Cait | GoodeyReads
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Inkyard Press and Netgalley for the eARC. All opinions are my own!



I picked this up on a whim for a blog tour because the summary had easily pulled me in. Add in a beautiful cover and I had some raised expectations. I really did end up enjoying this book and loved the tough messages it talked about.

Harry and Susie were a great match. I liked both of their characters and the relationship between them. It was unique to most contemporaries I read that in thi
As a person whose only known swimming all her life and wanting to be in the olympics, Susannah fears her body is slowing her down as she gets older. She thinks about the championship she won at 14 years old and if she can reach her potential again. Swimming demands so much out of young people and she's scared to fail. Two people enter her life that will rearrange her life and career around. A coach that could help her reach that dream and a new fellow swimmer named Harry.

Susannah is such an amaz
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was expecting this book to be just a sports romance book, but it was actually much more than that. Both our main characters are swimmers, but they swim for very different reasons. Susannah wants to go to the Olympics, whereas her love interest Harry swims more for fun (and another reason which is technically a spoiler so you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is). They do fall in love quite quickly, but it didn’t feel like insta-love. Even after they become boyfriend and girlfriend t ...more
Emily ~ breatheeasybooks

TW: depression, in depth discussion of bipolar disorder, past and present on page self harm, underage drinking, and verbal abuse from an authority figure

Positive content: race and sexuality diversity (Black and Mexican rep, gay and pansexual rep), supportive and present parents of both MC’s, sex positivity, therapy positivity

Wow! Just, wow. There was so much more to this book than I ever could’ve expected. I’m blown away by the tough subject matters and the way the author hand
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Anna Jarzab is the author of All Unquiet Things, The Opposite of Hallelujah, Tandem, Tether, Red Dirt, and Breath Like Water. She lives in New York City and works in children's book publishing. Visit her online at and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @ajarzab. ...more

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