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Swimming by Nicola Keegan
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Mar 02, 2010

it was ok

I was disappointed in this book. I feel like the description on the book cover was misleading. As the title suggests, the book is about a girl that becomes an Olympic champion in swimming. It follows her life from like 8 years old to 28 years old. The book cover made it sound like it was very much about the swimming world and competing and the Olympic experience. But that was hardly covered. It was more just about her thoughts and feelings and relationships -- swimming was such a back story even though it defined her. Maybe all that would have been fine, but I ended up not even really liking the main character, which was a problem for me. And I found the author's writing style almost choppy, and it wasn't a satisfying read. She is one of those authors that doesn't put quotation marks around words spoken, they were just italicized, but that was confusing because her thoughts were also italicized, so some of the time I had to read things twice to decide if it was something she actually said out loud.

I was drawn to this book when I saw it in the library because it was right before the Olympics (even though swimming is obviously a summer event) and my nephew, who is a high school sophomore, just swam in the state meet (got 8th in the medley relay, 13th in the 200 free, and 9th in the 400 free relay, for those swimmers in the group -- Evan! -- who might be interested and proud like me!).
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message 1: by Jane (new)

Jane As the mom of two swim coaches, I would've grabbed this one from the library shelf. You've saved me some disappointment, Karen.

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