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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes winning is everything. Champion swimmer Aerin Keane is ready to give up her dreams of college swimming and a shot at the Olympics. As she starts senior year in her third high school, Aerin's determined to leave her family troubles behind and be like all the other girls at Two Rivers. She's got a new image and a new attitude. She doesn't want to win anymore. She's swimming for fun, no longer the freak who wins every race, every title, only to find herself alone. But when her desire to be just one of the girls collides with her desire to be the best Two Rivers has ever seen, will Aerin sacrifice her new friendships to break a longstanding school record that comes with a $50,000 scholarship?
©2016 Marianne Sciucco (P)2017 Marianne Sciucco
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anne Rightler on 11-13-17

A swimmer's work is never done

Swim Season, by Marianne Sciucco, is an engaging coming of age story centered around teen girls and their swim team. Lots of tension with wondering how the various swim meets and other situations will turn out. The author does an expert job of writing as she touches on the difficult subjects of bullying, drug abuse and the effects of divorce on children. I listened to the audio version of the book and Evelyn Eibhlin did a great job of narration, giving voice to the characters with good inflection and emotion, which made for an enjoyable listening experience. I was given a complimentary copy of the book with no expectation of a positive review. The opinions are my own.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Dee on 08-23-17

Saw the ending coming

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I was pretty sure from the first chapter that this listen was going to result in the main character, Aerin, winning the coveted race and getting the coveted prize. Check. The fact that the story centered around a swim team, of which I have some knowledge, made this a welcome listen though, albeit predictable.

I loved the narrator. This is a YA listen but though youthful, this narrator never succumbed to pitched shrieks or any such short cuts to portray teens. For that I am grateful.

There was some family drama here and quite frankly, many of the adults spent too much time behaving badly. The kids survived though.

This was a bit long to be a "light summer read" but if you have an interest in high school swimming, well, jump in.

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5 out of 5 stars
By DubaiReader on 08-09-18

Go Aerin!

I really wasn't expecting to enjoy this Young Adult book about competitive high school swimming as much as I did, but it grabbed me right from the start and didn't let up for 590 pages (or more accurately, 14hrs 43mins of Audible listening). The narrator, Evelyn Eibhlin, was brilliant and the issues covered by the book were deeper than just competitive swimming.

Aerin Keane is starting her third high school and has signed up for the swim team. In her previous schools she was a prize-winning swimmer and she knows the pressures that involves. She decides to swim for release of tension only and not to let on that she is any more than a mediocre swimmer, just good enough to ensure a place in the team.
It's a friendly team with a great team spirit and for the first time she begins to feel accepted and to have real friends.
She keeps her family life to herself and gives away little when she is asked why she's living in a new town with her 'Aunt' Maggie.
As the competition intensifies, the truth about Aerin's situation begins to reveal itself and not everyone takes it well.

I really enjoyed the way this novel built the tension around Aerin's story and how she reacted to the inevitable bullying and eventually rose to the ultimate challenge.
The characters were excellently drawn and even though there were a good number of them, I didn't lose track at all.

For anyone who knows any competitive swimmers, this is a must-read, for the rest of us, well, it's a must-read too!
I don't suppose the author would consider a sequel?

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