Review: Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

Posted July 6, 2017 in Review / 5 Comments

Review: Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

Coming Up for Air

Series: Hundred Oaks
by Miranda Kenneally
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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?

YA Romance

She said it’s the end…

Yep, that’s right.  Hundred Oaks is done, according to Miranda Kenneally’s Twitter feed.  Her final book in the series, Coming Up For Air, is all about firsts but it also takes a look back to where it all started.



Maggie King has been swimming towards the Olympic trials almost the entire 17+ years of her life.   With her best friend Levi Lucassen by her side the entire way, they both train hard almost every day.  The one break… Friday nights with their other two best friends, Georgia and Hunter, both also athletes of their own rights.  They all gather at the local Jiffy Burger and discuss their love lives, their families, and their future plans.

Maggie has the “future plans” part all figured out.  But listening to her friends, she realizes that she may have missed out on some high school experiences.  Specifically, the “hooking up” part.  And she’s worried her inexperience will show once she gets to college.

I actually went into this story totally forgetting what it was about and I didn’t read the synopsis to refresh my memory.  If you can, I highly recommend you do that because it really is a sweet, surprising love story.  No matter, Ms. Kenneally put a unique spin on a story trope I love.  But she made this story new!  In Coming Up For Air, she blended a few different ideas and it really worked in the overall storytelling.

I would like to briefly point out that even though this story takes place during Senior year in high school, the sexual content makes me not want to recommend this book to anyone much younger than that.  I’m such a mom sometimes….



After eight books, I think Ms. Kenneally has her regimen down for writing a good book.  Okay, okay… I have only one other book of hers to compare it to, Catching Jordan.  But that kind of works, right?

Being a young adult contemporary romance, Ms. Kenneally paced this story well.  Told entirely from Maggie’s POV, the book is a very quick read with short, succinct scenes that never dawdle or lose the reader.  I hate being bored in a romance with an introspective character…  blech!!  None of that here!!  We get romance, turmoil, and exciting swim races.  Perfect for the young adult reader…  or someone like me who needed a lazy summer day distraction 🙂

You don’t have to have read any of the other stories in the Hundred Oaks series to enjoy this one.  Ms. Kenneally uses new characters in this story and sets up the world, the characters, and the plot all quickly for the reader in the first couple of chapters.  Not having read any of the previous books means you just miss out on the references to characters in previous books.

… and you miss out on the true effect of the surprising and “awe”-inspiring epilogue that wraps up the series with a nice pretty bow.



Would you be surprised if there wasn’t??


About Miranda Kenneally

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.


About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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