Genre: Sports fiction, LGBT fiction
Length: 100 Pages
Publishing Date: June 17, 2018
Angles Can’t Swim:
From the Blurb:
Three college juniors. A swim team. A manipulative coach. Unexpected life circumstances. A girl struggling with her sexuality. A story that you will not forget.
Angels Can’t Swim is a novella that captures so many elements of the life of a student-athlete, from mental health to sexuality to relationships. While partially a story about swimming, it is also the story of finding yourself, finding your voice, and figuring out who you want to be. Focusing on college students and those around them but dealing with issues that cross the lifespan, readers from young adult all the way up will all enjoy this book and find something in one of the characters that sounds a little bit like them.
Angels can’t swim is the coming of age story of three college juniors and friends: Maggie, Jenna and Eden and covers the period of their full academic year. The book talks about different elements of the three girls’ life: their academic life, their sport life, their emotional struggles and personal issues, the pressure of performing well, to be at the top of their game: it covers all the aspects of students’ life.
One of three girls is a girl-next-door kind of nice girl who tries to uphold the high moral values imparted through her Christian upbringing in the campus. However, soon she’s left high and dry to suffer the consequences of her earlier choices which at the time sounded perfectly innocent and now has the ability to affect her entire life.
The second of the three friends struggle with her sexual identity and faces severe episode of low self esteem which, in turn, has a devastating affect on her sports and academic life.
The third girl is this sweet, trusting person who, in the heat of a moment, makes a wrong choice and is left to suffer its demoralizing afteraffects and the emotional turmoil. She blames herself for the mistake and falls into depression.
All three of them suffer…suffer terribly, but the tragedy in each’s life helps them to find themselves, their own voice gradually. They learn the mistakes are human, there’s always arrival of the day after the night passes and there’s nothing better about finding yourself after getting lost.
The book also talks about how an adult in position of authority can manipulate a situation and can shift blame entirely on the victim if matter never reaches authorities. The author beautifully describes the victim’s confusion over whom to blame, emotional turmoil, the dilemma to face the truth and inability to see the manipulator in true light.
In narrating the story, the author passes a beautiful message.
This book will appeal to all the teens, college students: they will find something of their own life in characters’ lives. It’s beautiful little novella about college students’ daily lives.