Release Date: April 2017
Publisher: Text Publishing Australia.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Cover Rating: Adorable.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Steph Bowe is back. Night Swimming is a love story with a twist, and a whole lot of heart.
Imagine being the only two seventeen-year-olds in a small town. That’s life for Kirby Arrow—named after the most dissenting judge in Australia’s history—and her best friend Clancy Lee, would-be musical star.
Clancy wants nothing more than to leave town and head for the big smoke, but Kirby is worried: her family has a history of leaving. She hasn’t heard from her father since he left when she was a baby. Shouldn’t she stay to help her mother with the goat’s-milk soap-making business, look after her grandfather who suffers from dementia, be an apprentice carpenter to old Mr Pool? And how could she leave her pet goat, Stanley, her dog Maude, and her cat Marianne?
But two things happen that change everything for Kirby. She finds an article in the newspaper about her father, and Iris arrives in town. Iris is beautiful, wears crazy clothes, plays the mandolin, and seems perfect, really, thinks Kirby. Clancy has his heart set on winning over Iris. Trouble is Kirby is also falling in love with Iris…
Ten reasons why you should read Night Swimming:
1. Steph Bowe’s wonderful writing.
2. Unique, non-stereotypical characters.
3. The awesome friendship between Kirby and Clancy.
4. The small town setting – it was actually refreshing to have a character that doesn’t want to leave their small town.
5. Stanley, the coolest pet goat ever.
6. Restaurant rivalry.
7. A story of first love.
8. A story of being true to yourself.
9. Crop circles.
10. The whole thing.
Night swimming was a light, fun read but still had some serious moments that gave it depth. Steph Bowe delivers another standout read that lovers of YA contemporary are guaranteed to be satisfied with. Plus there are goats. Enough said.
You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.