Series: Hundred Oaks #8
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 1st, 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 try out, so she 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.
Not 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 lose to win?
Fluffy books are not generally my thing, but I make exceptions for Kenneally’s books because they are light & fluffy & they involve sports. Really, sports are under-represented in YA, so that’s why I reach for Kenneally’s books when I need something sporty and/or fluffy. I missed the last few books in this series, but thankfully you DON’T have to read these books in order. That’s one really great thing about her books.
The other great thing about her books is the romance! Oh my goodness, she writes romances that are hot as hell without being over the top corny. Even when there is a bit of cheesy-ness & corny-ness, it’s not too much and it’s balanced out by the rest of the book that doesn’t involve the romance. And I think this romance just might be my absolute favorite of hers. I am a big fan of the friends to lovers thing and that’s what this book has in huge helpings.
Maggie & Levi just might be my new favorite ship. I wasn’t expecting them to be laugh out loud hilarious either, but from start to finish I was cracking up the whole way.
“You’re the one who asked me to be your sexual Jedi Master.”
“Oh my God, you did not just say sexual Jedi Master.”
I loved the friends that Levi & Maggie had as well and their Friday night routine at a burger place. It made me wish I had friends like that in both high school and now. Friends are important and Kenneally makes sure we all know that.
Kenneally also talks about the issue of consent. At the beginning of the book, Maggie is getting physical with a guy when she starts to realize that it’s not right. She tells him to stop & he does. Really it was the one good thing about this guy who was pretty icky (and I HATE the word ‘icky’) Later on in the book when things start getting hot & heavy with Levi, he asks Maggie specifically if she’s okay with what’s happening. I also have to mention that before things start getting hot & heavy with Levi, he imparts a little bit of wisdom on her and it was something I think a lot of teen girls and boys need to hear.
“If you aren’t comfortable telling a guy what you want, you shouldn’t be in bed with him.”
That stuck with me because it made sense. It made sense that both people need to feel safe & comfortable before they engage in sex. It made sense that talking about what one wanted in bed was not only important, it was necessary.
One of my FAVORITE things was how Kenneally dealt with the double standards that surround sex. The double standards that say girls shouldn’t experiment with sex, but we’ll high five the boys that do. I loved reading about Georgia and how she was struggling with that. How much she wanted to be able to experiment with a boy, but because of the double standard, she was afraid to be labelled a slut or a whore or any of those other derogatory words that are used for some girls.
I finally get to talk about the SWIMMING part! Eeeeep, I loved that this book was a swimming book. Oh my god, I loved the setting and I could practically SMELL the chlorine and all it made me want to do is swim. Keep in mind that it’s currently JANUARY. Now I’m not an amazing swimmer like Maggie & Levi are, but I can hold my own. When Olympians were named dropped in this book, I could totally recognize the names because swimming is one of my favorite Olympic events.
Final thoughts: If you are in to fluffy romance books that are very sex positive, pick this book up.