Breath Like Water

Breath Like Water

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"Expansive, romantic, and powerful." --Gayle Forman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way

Susannah Ramos has always loved the water. A swimmer whose early talent made her a world champion, Susannah was poised for greatness in a sport that demands so much of its young. But an inexplicable slowdown has put her dream in jeopardy, and Susannah is fighting to keep her career afloat when two important people enter her life: a new coach with a revolutionary training strategy, and a charming fellow swimmer named Harry Matthews.

As Susannah begins her long and painful climb back to the top, her friendship with Harry blossoms into passionate and supportive love. But Harry is facing challenges of his own, and even as their bond draws them closer together, other forces work to tear them apart. As she struggles to balance her needs with those of the people who matter most to her, Susannah will learn the cost--and the beauty--of trying to achieve something extraordinary.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 145 x 218 x 30mm | 408g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 133505023X
  • 9781335050236
  • 1,252,171

Review quote

"Expansive, romantic, and powerful, BREATH LIKE WATER is a novel for any young person who faced doubt and discovered in those murky depths not just strength, but grace."-Gayle Forman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way

"Jarzab expertly captures the intense pressures of high-stakes athletic competition and the complicated reality of loving someone with mental health struggles. Susannah's family's Mexican American heritage is significant to the plot, and themes of identity and feeling like an outsider in a predominantly white sport are explored authentically... Readers will root for Susannah in her journey to find her place, both in and out of the pool. Racing action and tender romance shine in a story of hard love and harder competition."-Kirkus Reviews

"Hand this to sports lovers with Olympic fever."-Booklist

"Jarzab's latest offers an incisive and unflinching look at competitive swimming in this powerful and compelling sports-themed YA... Fans of Miranda Kenneally and Gayle Forman will find much to love here... A gripping and unapologetic look at the rigor of Olympic sports, this title will win fans whether they're sports buffs or not."-School Library Journal

"A realistic picture of elite sports, emphasizing the financial, physical, and psychological burdens placed on participants... An up-close examination of a swimmer looking beyond her dreams of victory to her place in the world outside the pool."-Publishers Weekly
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Rating details

824 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 28% (228)
4 44% (365)
3 22% (178)
2 5% (45)
1 1% (8)
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