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How to Breathe Underwater

How to Breathe Underwater

Vicky Skinner

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When Kate has to move, she falls for the boy across the hall. Only problem? He has a girlfriend.

Kate has spent her whole life working to be the best swimmer in order to earn her father's love, until he betrayed her and her family. Now, she's forced to start over and figure out what swimming really means to her, in this contemporary young adult debut from Vicky Skinner.

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:

"Skinner adeptly creates relatable and honest characters. . .Give this to fans of complex stories about relationships who might enjoy a bit of sports mixed in." —School Library Journal


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:

“Well-developed characters, interesting story line, clean writing,– I'm hooked.” —Christy Hintz

“A very lovely story and an enjoyable read.” —Katie Kaleski

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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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