Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Vicky Skinner
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Kate’s whole world turns upside down in one day. She catches her father, who is also her swim coach, cheating with a swim mom. Giving up the only world she’s ever known, she moves to a new city with a new school and a new swim team. As Kate struggles to find a new normal in her life, she develops a crush on Michael, her new best friend’s boyfriend. Just when things can’t seem to get worse, Kate’s best friend from her old life, Harris, gets caught using steroids, and her new friends turn against her when they find out about her secret crush. Kate may not be able to control what happens around her, but after some time, her friends forgive her and she finds that she can move on and find happiness.
Many readers will be able to relate to the hardships that Kate goes through as she tries to navigate her new world after a big move. She makes mistakes and finds that lying to everyone around her eventually causes more problems than the truth would have in the first place. But learning through those mistakes can make things work out in the end, even if it does not solve all of life’s problems. This book really puts the reader into Kate’s shoes. Readers will feel the burn of her heartache as she tries to win her friends back after hurting them, and the thrill of having her crush like her back. All the highs and lows of high school, and life, are portrayed in a real and lifelike story.
*Contains severe language and mild drug abuse.