Review: Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally

PSA: This is book number 8 in the Hundred Oaks series by Miranda Kenneally. It can be read as a stand alone but I strongly recommend you read the entire series because it is AH-MAZING. Also because you’ll have a better time reading this book’s epilogue.



Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?



If my memory serves me right, one of first YA books I picked up was written by Miranda Kenneally. And thank goodness I stumbled upon her because she is now my “go to” whenever I feel like I need some teenage angst in my life.


Maggie is a swimmer. She has no time for romantic relationships since she’d rather use all of her free time training her heart out and trying to get a college scholarship. That until her college orientation, where Maggie realizes she’s been missing out on a whole lot of kissing experience.

And because Maggie is actually a genius and because she hasn’t learn anything from every single “friends with benefits” story, she decides to ask Levi—the best friend—to teach her all about making out.

Levi’s reluctant at first, because he doesn’t want things to get awkward between them—can he you tell he hasn’t learned crap about “friends with benefits” either?—but he ends up agreeing and things indeed get awkward pretty soon.


Coming Up for Air is a pretty cliché “friends with benefits” story. They are my favorite type of stories. I will read whatever you put in front of me if it contains some kind of friends-to-lovers relationship.

The story is not full of unnecessary drama, it is actually very dramaless, which is fantastic.

It is also a very short and light read. I finished it in about two hours and a half. It is the perfect summer book.


And the epilogue. The darn epilogue had my heart crying an entire ocean. I want to print that epilogue and paste it on my bedroom walls like wallpaper. That way I can read it all day, every day.

I’m not one for spoilers but I’ll just say some characters from previous books can be found inside that gorgeous epilogue.

If you’ve read the entire Hundred Oaks series the same thing will happen to your heart, I’m warning you.


I will never get tired of recommending Miranda Kenneally books to the world. They are all super cute and fun and relatable and perfect for taking a quick break from your daily life. And as if the story wasn’t already prefect, add the swimming to the mix. I love me a sports romance any day.




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