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How to Breathe Underwater

How to Breathe Underwater

Vicky Skinner

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Kate’s father has been pressuring her to be perfect for her whole life, pushing her to be the best swimmer she can be. But when Kate finds her dad cheating on her mom, Kate’s perfect world comes crashing down, and Kate is forced to leave home and the swim team she's been a part of her whole life.

Now in a new home and new school, faced with the prospect of starting over, Kate isn't so sure that swimming is what she wants anymore. But when she decides to quit, her whole world seems to fall apart. But when Kate gets to know Michael, the cute boy that lives across the hall, she starts to think that starting over might not be so bad. There's only one problem: Michael has a girlfriend.

As the pressures of love, family, and success press down on her, can Kate keep her head above water?

Praise for How to Breathe Underwater:

“Well-developed characters, interesting storyline, clean writing, I'm hooked.” —Christy Hintz, reader on SwoonReads.com

“A very lovely story and an enjoyable read.” —Katie Kaleski, reader on SwoonReads.com

“The strength of this book are the highly developed characters who have such depth...” —Kathryn Berla, reader on SwoonReads.com

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I could see the swimmer beside me every time I came up for air. His face was distorted slightly by the plastic separator that divided his lane from mine, but I could see him pushing, his arms pumping fast. I was faster. I was always...

Praise for How to Breathe Underwater

Praise for How to Breathe Underwater, from our Swoon Readers:

“So good. So, so good. I enjoyed this one all the way through. Well-developed characters, interesting storyline, clean writing, I'm hooked.” —Christy Hintz, reader on SwoonReads.com

“I really enjoyed this book! I loved how you incorporated the subject of rocky parental relationships and pressure.” —YC, reader on SwoonReads.com

“I had such a nice time reading this! I really liked Michael and just wanted to give him a big hug! Boy did you tug at my heartstrings! A very lovely story and an enjoyable read.” —Katie Kaleski, reader on SwoonReads.com

“The strength of this book are the highly developed characters who have such depth... They're 100% believable so the reader is invested from the start. Add to that a very poignant story and you've got a winner. You've done a wonderful job and created a beautiful story.” —Kathryn Berla, reader on SwoonReads.com

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Vicky Skinner

Vicky Skinner holds a literature degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She lives in Garland, Texas, with her husband and two dogs.

Vicky is the author of How to Breathe Underwater.

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Vicky Skinner