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The Summer I Learned to Dive [Kindle Edition]

Shannon McCrimmon
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 208 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

Since the time she was a little girl, eighteen-year-old Finley “Finn” Hemmings has always lived her life according to a plan, focused and driven with no time for the average young adult’s carefree experiences. On the night of her high school graduation, things take a dramatic turn when she discovers that her mother has been keeping a secret from her—a secret that causes Finn to do something she had never done before—veer off her plan. In the middle of the night, Finn packs her bags and travels by bus to Graceville, SC seeking the truth. In Graceville, Finn has experiences that change her life forever; a summer of love, forgiveness and revelations. She learns to take chances, to take the plunge and to dive right in to what life has to offer.

Editorial Reviews


"The Summer I Learned to Dive is a fast read that made me laugh one minute and then wipe my eyes the next." - Endless Days of Literary Ecstasy

"I was seriously hooked just pages in and was seeking the same answers Finn was."
- I Read Indie

"The story is sweet, heartwarming, and inspiring." - Always YA at Heart

"I wasn't quite ready for it to end and think I would really like to have a sequel." - The Autumn Review

"This was an amazing debut from Shannon McCrimmon and I recommend for anyone who enjoys YA contemporaries." - My Pathway to Books

From the Author

This is book 1 in the Graceville series. The sequel is: The Year I Almost Drowned.

Product Details

  • File Size: 361 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Shannon McCrimmon (December 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081BFW6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story of love and new friendships. May 11, 2012
By sbj
Format:Kindle Edition
A heart warming novel about a young adult working through hurtful secrets her mother created to protect her. Although Finn had her life planned out for her, all changes with some of the secrets she found out about the night of her high school graduation. She needs to take matters in her own hands without telling her mother.

Finn is a brave young lady and does a good job of meeting new people and learns many great lessons along the way.

The greatest thing about this book is, it is hard to put down until the next day. When I started reading it, I was going to read 40 pages, well 40 pages turned into 80 pages and by then I had to finish the book.

I am well past my teenage years, I really enjoyed the book and I hope there will be a sequel. I would recommend this book to teenagers, young adults, and readers of any age.

It is a fun read that really keeps you interested in the story and I hope Shannon will continue this story with a second book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tender and timeless story May 11, 2012
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The Summer I Learned to Dive is a novel that is all at once believable and tenderly timeless. I sympathized with the characters right from the start, and really, what's a great story without great characters? Sure hope Finn and Jesse live on in future novels by Shannon McCrimmon! I found the plot line mixed everyday stuff we can all relate to with a nice dose of unexpected drama. There were a couple of twists I didn't see coming in the story, so that kept me interested all the way through to the end. The writing style was approachable and easy to follow, although there were a handful of words I had to look up. Even still, this coming-of-age read is most certainly appropriate for teens and young adults, but those of us who've already lived through those uncertain but exciting years will enjoy it too.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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The book The Summer I Learned to Dive is a wonderful new novel by first-time author Shannon McCrimmon. Set in South Carolina, the story begins as main character Finn, a high school senior with a tight relationship with her single mom and a deadset plan to become a doctor, uncovers a deep family secret the day of her graduation. Her life as she knew it unravels rapidly and a whirlwind adventure begins as Finn seeks to find out the details of the past: exploring new places, meeting new people, finding love, and discovering who she really is in the process.

Just like Finn, McCrimmon shows great maturity in a new world. Her story touches on issues many teenagers face while keeping it PG and appropriate for young girls, while her writing style lends itself to an ease worthy of the laidback setting of the south.

Even though I am far beyond my teen years, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This book made me want to curl up my legs on the porch swing with a tall glass of sweet tea: a perfect summer read that will leave you wistful for summer days, summer loves, and summers of your youth.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ouch. This sample hurt my feelings. December 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When the third sentence of a book has a spelling error, I am immediately turned off. Still, there are authors who write well but cannot tell a story and authors who can tell a great story but cannot write well. Those who can do both are few and far between. In the hopes that I might at least find a decent story, I read the sample. Oy vey! Can you say "horrendous"?

There is no great story here; there is hardly a plot. Even so, the multiple grammar and spelling issues will send any writer or reader of merit screaming from the page.

I adore my Kindle and I have read countless great ebooks thanks to this great Amazon invention, but the downside of electronic publishing is that anyone can publish anything. This is an example of self-published trash. There is no editing. There is no second draft, I'd bet, in this case. Take your .99 elsewhere.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars My IQ dropped a few points April 22, 2013
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If there was an option to give zero stars, I'd be all over that.

This book was ridiculous. I felt as if I were reading the first draft of a high school short story. It was so incredibly painful to read that the only reason I got through it was so that I could say that I gave the book a reasonable chance. I prayed for redemption and it never came.

For one, the character Finn is wildly unlikeable. She is full of teen angst, but it is not endearing in the least.

Secondly, the story seems to replay the same exact scene over and over with Jesse and Finn. Additionally, I strongly recommend that the author invest in a thesaurus. She used "blushed" 15 times throughout the story, and the alternate "red" to describe the color of Finn's face another 6 times. (And yes, those are real numbers. I searched when I was finished.) Is this girl always blushing or what? Please, discover a new adjective. For the love of God.

Third, the story runs so slow until one point when there are multiple things happening all at once, and it was as if the author realized, "Oh, this is boring. Better liven it up!" It was, to put it mildly, highly unbelievable and very obvious that the author did zero research in attempting to add these twists. In fact, two of the twists I was quite offended by, and she made blanket statements about certain medical conditions, only fueling stereotypes and/or ambiguous "facts" about them.

The story as a whole was predictable. I bet you already know how it's going to turn out just from reading the synopsis. Usually I will say that predictability isn't as relevant as taking the journey, but in this case, no. Just no.

I can't believe that this book received 4 1/2 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ho hum
Coming of age story with good characters, a decent, but slow plot and poor grammar. This author has great potential. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynn Wilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read....
good story
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5.0 out of 5 stars The summer I learned to dive
A very good read this wasn't what I was expecting. But once I started I couldn't down on excited to read the sequel
Published 3 months ago by rachel ponto
5.0 out of 5 stars it's an amazing story!!
It's a story about every day struggles in life. The obstacles of growing up the in sight for your first love. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written - good read.
This was a very well written, pleasant read. The fact that there is no sex or bad language makes it even better.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
I liked that this was an easy read and that there was no violence. It took me away from everything that is going on in our world today. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Patty McGuire
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
I loved it! Sometimes the style of writing becomes a bit kiddy-ish but for the most part the book it very enjoyable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Up Isn't All Fun and Games
Great transition story. There are a number of heart tugging scenes.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book.
Another story of a parent keeping a secret from their child & it "blew" up in their face. Finn was a interesting girl just a little bratty but hey I guess she had a few... Read more
Published 7 months ago by bink
4.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet
Sweet, coming of age fast read. Enjoyable at any age.
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Shannon McCrimmon was born and raised in Central Florida. She attended Rollins College and earned a Master's Degree in Counseling. In 2008, she moved to the upstate of South Carolina. It was the move that inspired her to write her first novel. She currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and toy poodle. She'd love to hear from you! Connect with her at

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