Publication Date:March 31,2015
Source: Library | Goodreads.
An adventurous debut novel that cross cuts between a competitive college swimmer’s harrowing days in the Rocky Mountains after a major airline disaster and her recovery supported by the two men who love her—only one of whom knows what really happened in the wilderness.
Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.
That all changes when Avery’s red-eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors, which includes three little boys and Colin Shea, who happens to be her teammate. Colin is also the only person in Avery’s college life who challenged her to swim her own events, to be her own person—something she refused to do. Instead she’s avoided him since the first day of freshman year. But now, faced with sub-zero temperatures, minimal supplies, and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere, Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could’ve imagined.
In the wilderness, the concept of survival is clear-cut. Simple. In the real world, it’s anything but
This was…touching. I have read few survival novels through the years, but to me this was the most emotional, the best survival novel I have read. Girl Underwater was filled with so many emotions, all through the novel. The emotions that you can’t help but feel along with Avery, you can feel the fear that she feels, but considering what she went through can’t blame her. I don’t think that I can’t even begin to imagine what she went through, what was going through her mind during all of this, and I got no idea how she survived as long as she did, especially during such extreme weather. You will find yourself turning page after page, a book that will hook you from page 1 to the last page. This is not just a romance book, it survival and an adventure book top of it, there isn’t a single page where something isn’t going on. For me, it’s hard to believe that it’s her first novel, it took my breath away.
Avery & Cole: There was a connection between two of them, from the moment that the two of them met, (Even if Avery denied it). I could see how Cole was with her when the plane was going down, how he held her hand even if he was terrified like her. How he put himself in danger out there. Yet, he stood by her and boy’s side, even when he got hurt. Even before boys said it, I knew that he was in love with her. The way he was around her, from the time he met her, to the plane, and afterwards too. I couldn’t help but love Cole, how can you not? All through the book I was rooting for Avery and Cole to end up together. Even after there were rescued, I knew that the two of them belonged with each other. Of course the ending had me smiling. A great ending to an amazing story.
The descriptions in this book were amazing. While I was reading Girl Underwater, I could actually imagine everything that was happening, including the crash, everything that happened afterwards, the emotions that Avery went through afterwards. I felt like I was there with them all, going through it along with them. I loved Avery but I also felt sorry for her, even if she didn’t want to admit it at first I could tell that it was hardest on her, to get past what happened to them. I think if it happened to me, I would never be as strong as two of them seemed to be. What I loved about this book is how realistic it was, I can see this happening in real life. A book that is worth more than 5 stars. Inspirational, a novel you will be thinking about afterwards.