Book Review: Angels can’t swim by Alexandra McCann

All of the opinions on this book are my own. This book was kindly provided by the author, Alexandra McCann. 

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Synopsis: 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.

I received this short book from the author in exchange for a review. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have picked it up if I where to choose this book in a library. Though I was pleasantly surprised by what I thought of it.

We follow three friends who have one big thing in common: swimming. Though that’s something they all do, they all have different thoughts about it and live a life full of their own problems. In the end we will see what a beautiful friendship this is.

There is use of a broad diversity of subjects, which we see in modern days. We see subjects around LGBTQ, religion, sexuality, abuse, eating disorders. In the beginning I though there were too many of these subjects going on. I felt like there wasn’t a good focus. When I got further into the story, I got more used to the story and the characters and started to keep the many subjects apart from eacht other. I do believe that the whole story would have had a more believable touch to it, when there would have been a focus on one subject. It felt like a lot to me now. Though it does work in the end.

I noticed some way into the story, that most of the sentences start with the same word, She. It started to annoy me from that point on. The repetition makes you focus on it, because you will notice it soon enough. More diversity in the sentences would have made the book look and sound more interesting.

As a pov, we get a third person pov. It worked in the story, but a first person pov would have worked great as well in my opinion. For a short novel like this, it was good enough. For a bigger book, the third person pov wouldn’t have worked I think.
When I finished this book, a lot of the more negative points about the short book were gone. I felt like I got caught in the story when I was about halfway and that feeling didn’t go away.
I would like to thank the author for providing me the book. I gave this 4/5 stars. For more information about the book you can visit this website.
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