Review: Girl Underwater by Claire KellsGirl Underwater by Claire Kells
Published by Dutton Books on March 31st, 2015
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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An adventurous debut novel that cross cuts between a competitive college swimmer’s harrowing days in the Rocky Mountains after a major airline disaster and her recovery supported by the two men who love her—only one of whom knows what really happened in the wilderness.

Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.

That all changes when Avery’s red-eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors, which includes three little boys and Colin Shea, who happens to be her teammate. Colin is also the only person in Avery’s college life who challenged her to swim her own events, to be her own person—something she refused to do. Instead she’s avoided him since the first day of freshman year. But now, faced with sub-zero temperatures, minimal supplies, and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere, Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could’ve imagined.

In the wilderness, the concept of survival is clear-cut. Simple. In the real world, it’s anything but.

I honestly can’t pinpoint how I actually feel about this book. I feel like I’m all over the place on the love/hate spectrum with this one because I loved most of it, but then I got to the ending and after reading it I was left feeling disappointed and possibly confused.This book is about Avery, a college swimmer who goes home for Thanksgiving when her plane crashes over the Rocky’s. The story flashes back and forth between the crash/immediate aftermath of the crash and the present where Avery is dealing with  post traumatic stress disorder as a result of the crash. Avery is one of 5 survivors, the five others being Collin, a fellow swimmer/teammate and 3 little boys. They all play a role in Avery’s recovery and emotional healing process. There is a romance between Avery and Collin but for most of the story it’s uncertain. Also, Avery has Lee her college boyfriend, so there’s that little detail.

I’d say that everything about the crash and what Avery experienced after the crash was written very well, and with all the aviation incidents happening today this story seemed more real then I imagine it would have otherwise. I felt pretty in tune with what Avery was experiencing and how she acted/reacted made total sense to me for the majority of the story. The ending however seemed to spin things off track and I got a little confused. I was disappointed that a story that was so good throughout had a confusing ending that I would comfortably call dull. I wanted more.

Overall, the premise was intriguing and promising, but by the end I felt disappointed and underwhelmed. If the ending were executed better I might give this one a 4.5.

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About Claire Kells

Claire Kells was born outside Philadelphia and has lived in Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco since graduating from Princeton University in 2005. An English major, she didn’t start writing fiction until her first year of medical school. Now a second-year resident, she spends her free time writing stories about love, loss, and adventure.

GIRL UNDERWATER is her first novel.

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Published by Dutton Books on January 10, 2012
Pages: 316
Format: eBook
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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

My thoughts…

What can I say that will make you want to read this book? I could say that it stands out from most Young Adult books I have read because it is not your typical love story. Although there is a love story found within these pages, there is in fact so much more.
The Fault in Our Stars is about a young girl whose 16 years old. Her name is Hazel and she suffers from terminal cancer. She meets a young boy, Augustus, who is 17 and also suffers from cancer. Together they form a strong bond of friendship and love.
At times I laughed and I even cried a time or two. What can I say…I’m a big ol’ softie. Personally I feel some of the best books are those that draw you in emotionally and touch your heart.

Mr Green will take you on an emotional journey and although this book is a work of fiction, you will gain knowledge in some aspects of what it’s like for not only the person who suffers from a terminal illness but how it effects family members and friends.

The Fault is Our Stars is a 5 star read for me. I will be adding it to my small collection of books that reside on my shelves. It is a story that I can see myself reading again and I hope you’ll find time to read it too.

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