I used to read at least a book a month, but I’ve slacked majorly over the past few months. I picked up a book on my way to jury duty back in September, and just never finished it. So when I found myself with a few days at the pool when in Disney World, I thought I’d start fresh, and began reading Girl Underwater on my Nook. It was literally a random pick from the list of books on my Nook, and I’m so glad I chose it.
To be frank, I haven’t written any book reviews before, but figured as long as I don’t spill anything that’s not on Amazon, I’m good! The book is about a college swimmer, Avery, and right off the bat, you witness her plane go down in the Rocky Mountains. What I liked about the book is how it flashed back to the accident and present day, so you knew she survived, but weren’t quite sure how. In the first chapter in present day, you read about Avery avoiding mentions of the accident, saying she was the only one who knew what happened in the mountains – so of course, I was hooked, and couldn’t stop reading to find out what REALLY happened.
While in the past chapters of the book, you witness this incredible survival story, in the present chapters you watch Avery try to survive in the real world, post-accident, supported by her boyfriend and a fellow passenger – and teammate – from the plane crash.
A little bit of romance, a little bit of adventure, and you had me glued to my Nook for two days – I couldn’t put it down. Don’t trust my Girl Underwater review? I’m not alone in the praise – reviewers on Amazon give the book 4.5 stars with Goodreads giving the book 3.9 stars. You can also connect with me on Goodreads!
Synopsis from 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.