Release Date: April 1st 2015.
Australian Publisher: Random House Australia.
Source: From Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Girl Underwater is the story of Avery Delacorte, a college student and competitive swimmer whose life is changed irrevocably when the plane she is travelling home in crashes. The chapters are split between now and then, showing her life as she tries to recover and then flashing back to show snippets from the harrowing five days she was awaiting rescue.
Avery is suffering PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.). She is hiding from the media who are hounding her for her story. Hiding from her new found fear of the water. Hiding from the truth about what happened in the days after the crash. She is trying to figure out what life means now that everything has changed.
Colin, a boy on her swim team that she knows but doesn’t really know, and three little boys are the other survivors of the crash. Colin and Avery work together to make sure the boys are kept safe as they try and survive. Avery and Colin felt a mutual attraction on the first day they met, a feeling Avery has been trying to avoid all year, but when they are thrown together, old feelings come to the surface and a sweet romance ignites between them. Avery and Colin had lots of chemistry and I absolutely adored the two of them. Colin was quiet and caring and loved his family. He was a real good guy, and as much as I love a bad boy, I do love a sweet, good hero as well. But there are many things standing between them and just because they have fallen for each other, doesn’t mean they can be together. Colin may know what he wants, but Avery is struggling with the choices she has to make.
Girl Underwater was a mesmerizing tale of survival. It was a fast, easy read that packed an emotional punch. The characters were well rounded and I found myself caring about them quickly. It was both beautiful and heart breaking, but had an ending full of hope. Girl Underwater was a standout in its genre and a definite must read.
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