Since the time she was a little girl, eighteen-year-old Finley “Finn” Hemmings has always lived her life according to a plan, focused and driven with no time for the average young adult’s carefree experiences. On the night of her high school graduation, things take a dramatic turn when she discovers that her mother has been keeping a secret from her—a secret that causes Finn to do something she had never done before—veer off her plan. In the middle of the night, Finn packs her bags and travels by bus to Graceville, SC seeking the truth. In Graceville, Finn has experiences that change her life forever; a summer of love, forgiveness and revelations. She learns to take chances, to take the plunge and to dive right in to what life has to offer.My Review- Rating: 4 Stars
The Summer I Learned to Dive is one of those great summer reads. The kind you want to have when your sitting by the pool, soaking up the sun, and in need of a cute romance.
Finn was the type of girl that had one goal in mind, and she didn't let anything deviate her from the plan. She graduated as the valedictorian and got into the college of her dreams, but it wasn't until after she graduated that she realized how much she gave up for the plan. That's when you get to see Finn finallydive into life by making the first spontaneous decision of her life!
Then she finds Jesse...*sigh.... Jesse and Finn are super cute! When they first met, they didn't exactly hit it off. Most of their comments toward each other were full of sarcasm. I just got to say I love when relationships start out like that! As they became more transparent towards each other their love grew! Once I finished the book I instantly missed Finn and Jesse but I'm excited to hear that there is a book 2!!!
The character growth in this book is about "firsts"...first kiss, first dance, and first time diving in!... and how Finn is able to find herself through all her new discoveries.
This was an amazing debut from Shannon McCrimmon and I recommend for anyone who enjoys YA contemporaries!
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