20 Jul 2018

ARC #Review: ANGELS CAN'T SWIM by Alexandra McCann


Author: Alexandra McCann
Series: N/A
Source: eARC from Author
Publisher: KDP
Publication Date: June 22, 2018
Rating: 3/5 stars

Angels Can’t Swim is an original, honest coming-of-age novella that examines what goes on behind the scenes for three college swimmers. Jenna, Maggie, and Eden are each incredibly different in their personalities and struggles, yet under pressure they must come together in this compelling story of friendship and what it means to be a good teammate. While balancing the pressures of swimming at a high level and also dealing with the realities of college life, the three young women grow immensely as individual people and in their bonds with each other. In portraying these bonds, the novella tackles important issues such as eating disorders and what it means to be an LGBTQ young person. This intense, unforgettable novella is a must-read for young adults, college students, and all people who wish to take a glimpse into a world not often seen.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

This was good but something kept me from fully connecting to it. I think part of it was the length (since it is a novella), but there was also something in the narrative that had me at arm's length from this one. 

I definitely think if this had been a full length novel, I would have rated it about 4-4.5* because the theme, the characters, and the story line were all intriguing. However, because of the nature of the beast, there was never enough attention given to anything or any of the conflict to satisfy my needs.

The characters were really great but I think there was room to expand their personality and characterization. They seemed to blend into one another at some points, especially when they were all together. I would have liked to have a bit more distinction between them while reading this, which would have been accomplished if this was a full length novel.

I did like the plot line and narrative to this one though. I think it went over a bunch of important topics in an easy to understand way. I could relate to all the struggles (well, not ALL of them but like 99% of them) that the girls had and dealt with throughout the novel. 

I think this would resonate well with people who want to start reading in the New Adult genre! This is an easy and quick read for people looking to transition into NA from YA. I definitely recommend reading it and checking it out for yourself! 

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