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Swim Season by [Sciucco, Marianne]
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Swim Season by Marianne Sciucco is a gripping novel that will find a comfortable home with sports fans and readers looking for well-rounded characters. Champion swimmer Aerin Keane has grown up in a family where they expect her to meet excellence at all cost and she's done so. Yes, she is an excellent swimmer. But besides the accolades she gets for being a hard-core swimmer, she feels disconnected. She wants to feel more connected with her friends and people around her. That is what happens when she reaches the final year of her third high school in Two Rivers. A suitable candidate for the Olympics, Aerin Keane has to choose between swimming to win for the wrong reasons and doing it with a purpose. Is it enough to just swim for fun, recreate her image, and get connected with her circle of friends, or should she stand out and be the best her school has ever had?

Sciucco's book is character-driven and it will be much loved by young adult readers. In the heart of the story is the existential question: What does it really take to live a fulfilling life? The protagonist lives through powerful emotions and readers will undoubtedly connect with her at the point where she is pressured to achieve success. The themes of sports, success, friendship, and family are masterfully explored. The narrative voice is strong and it comes across as unique and natural. Readers will enjoy the realistic sounding dialogues and the excellent prose. Swim Season is a novel that is well-paced with a lot of exciting things taking place. I did enjoy it. Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Aerin Keane is a champion swimmer and a possible Olympic contender. However, just when everything is going well with her swimming career, everything at home falls apart. After her father remarries and her mother's addiction to pain pills lands her in prison, Aerin determines that it's time to just be one of the girls and swim for fun; yet, Two Rivers High is currently embroiled in a competition to break a longtime school record with a $50,000 scholarship for the winner. With her desire to fit in colliding with her deep-set desire to win, Aerin finds herself torn as to what will really bring her happiness and what she's willing to sacrifice to do it.

A realistic contemporary YA novel, Swim Season focuses on Aerin from a first person point of view covering the time from the beginning of her senior year to graduation. The plot covers a lot of teenage drama, and Aerin's family conflicts, all which influence her toward or away from competitive swimming. The addition of a diverse cast of characters provides some different plot threads to keep the story moving; including a boy who brings a light element of romance. Although the story is long, with a very slow pace at times (that could be sped up by eliminating some of the repetitive parts), lovers of contemporary YA will find plenty of clean drama as Aerin undergoes a journey of self-discovery. Overall, an athletic story with a relatable lead.
- Sarah E. Bradley for InD'Tale Magazine

Although Aerin has always excelled in the pool, swimming to surpass records and win races, life at home hasn't been easy. Her pool time was her escape time, from her parents' broken marriage to her mom's stressful experience serving in Afghanistan. Although being the best in the water didn't leave her much chance for friends or fun. Not to mention, she wonders if she could have helped her parents had she spent less hours at the pool? So in her senior year, at a new high school where no one knows her, Aerin decides to swim differently. She doesn't want to stand out as a champion anymore but wants to enjoy the feeling of fitting in! At first, her plan works. She forms quick bonds with new girlfriends and there is even a cute boy that likes her! Swimming slower seems to serve her swimmingly. If only it would stay so simple! Soon, keeping her slower pace becomes more and more difficult for Aerin. And as her new friends, coaches and competitors become suspicious of Aerin's swimming, she is forced to ask herself who she really is. The result is a story about facing your fears, finding true friendships and forging your own inner strength. As a former swimmer and a swim mom myself, I believe this rich, well written story with authentic characters participating in a demanding sport, accurately supports real life issues for teens. It will no doubt hold the interest of both swimmers and non-swimmers alike. It is a book that will inspire you to look deep inside yourself when managing complex times, to trust others to help you if you let them, and above all, to trust yourself. - Kathryn Harrison, author of Weeds in Nana's Garden

From the Author

Thank you for considering Swim Season. This novel comes from my heart, inspired by my daughter and the girls (and guys) on her swim teams. As a Swim Mom for more than ten seasons, I've spent many hours sitting in the bleachers waiting - sometimes for hours - to watch my daughter swim for just a few seconds. All that sitting gave me more than a sore you-know-what. It inspired me to write a story about these swimmers and how hard they work, their dedication and commitment, the rigors of the sport, and the thrill of meeting their own goals, and sometimes excelling beyond their dreams. This book is for the swimmers who get up before daylight for morning practice, show up at the pool every afternoon for practice, put everything they have into their races, and dream of one day becoming Olympic athletes. And it's for the Swim Moms and Swim Dads, family, friends, and coaches who cheer them on.

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  • File Size: 2559 KB
  • Print Length: 591 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989559246
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bunky Press (October 24, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 24, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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