Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #8
Published by: Sourcebook Fire
Publication Date: July 4, 2017
Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.
All of Maggie's focus and free time is spent swimming. She's not only striving to earn scholarships—she's training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team, and cheers her on. But Levi's already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed. And it's not until Maggie's away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the "typical" high school experience she's missed by being in the pool.
No one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love?
Coming Up for Air is the final book in the Hundred Oaks series, so it’s a bit bittersweet. I’ve read and enjoyed all eight books, but Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker are my absolute favorites. With Catching Jordan, it was the humor and wonderful characters – Sam is the man! With Stealing Parker, it was a very emotional read for me. This may not be my favorite book, but it’s still a delightful read.
The series ends with Maggie and Levi, both highly competitive swimmers who have aspirations for the Olympics. They’ve been best friends for years, bonding over their love of swimming and crazy-strict schedule. Maggie realizes there are a few things she wants to do before going to college, including gaining experience in the boy department. How convenient that she has a guy for a best friend whom she feels completely comfortable with. What are friends for, right?
Gotta love a friends-to-lovers romance. I really like that Maggie and Levi’s friendship felt solid and genuine, making it believable and natural when their feelings grew into more. It wasn’t all smooth sailing, but they both had to sort through their feelings and learn to bring balance into their lives.
There are a couple things I wish would’ve been hit on a little better, but overall, it carries a really nice sex-positive message. It’s done tastefully, and I hope to see more like it in this genre.
And big awwwwwww for that epilogue! How perfect to have the series end on that note.
Overall, Coming Up for Air is a quick and cute story.