June 04, 2020

#BookReview: Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab @ajarzab

Synopsis: “Expansive, romantic, and powerful.” —Gayle Forman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way 

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 strategy, and a charming fellow swimmer named Harry Matthews.

As Susannah begins her long and painful climb back to the top, her friendship with Harry blossoms into passionate and supportive love. But Harry is facing challenges of his own, and even as their bond draws them closer together, other forces work to tear them apart. As she struggles to balance her needs with those of the people who matter most to her, Susannah will learn the cost—and the beauty—of trying to achieve something extraordinary.


Rating: ★★★
My Review: I am kind of torn on this one. On one hand this was a great story about two kids falling in love that felt very genuine.  On the other hand it was kind of bogged down sport terms that I just really didn't care about.  I loved shows growing up like BunHeads, Stick It, Make It or Break It and others.  But with those they made me care about the characters and with this one I kind of just didn't care at all.  I think that if you are looking for a great beach read while we are all stuck in the house that this one would work well! Ok I cave it was adorable!! 


"Expansive, romantic, and powerful, BREATH LIKE WATER is a novel for any young person who faced doubt and discovered in those murky depths not just strength, but grace."Gayle Forman, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way

“Jarzab expertly captures the intense pressures of high-stakes athletic competition and the complicated reality of loving someone with mental health struggles. Susannah's family's Mexican American heritage is significant to the plot, and themes of identity and feeling like an outsider in a predominantly white sport are explored authentically... Readers will root for Susannah in her journey to find her place, both in and out of the pool. Racing action and tender romance shine in a story of hard love and harder competition.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Hand this to sports lovers with Olympic fever.”–Booklist

“Jarzab’s latest offers an incisive and unflinching look at competitive swimming in this powerful and compelling sports-themed YA… Fans of Miranda Kenneally and Gayle Forman will find much to love here… A gripping and unapologetic look at the rigor of Olympic sports, this title will win fans whether they’re sports buffs or not.”–School Library Journal

“A realistic picture of elite sports, emphasizing the financial, physical, and psychological burdens placed on participants… An up-close examination of a swimmer looking beyond her dreams of victory to her place in the world outside the pool.”–Publishers Weekly

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