Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Swim Season by Marianne Sciucco is a gripping novel that will find a comfortable home with sports fans and readers looking for well-rounded characters. Champion swimmer Aerin Keane has grown up in a family where they expect her to meet excellence at all cost and she’s done so. Yes, she is an excellent swimmer. But besides the accolades she gets for being a hard-core swimmer, she feels disconnected. She wants to feel more connected with her friends and people around her. That is what happens when she reaches the final year of her third high school in Two Rivers. A suitable candidate for the Olympics, Aerin Keane has to choose between swimming to win for the wrong reasons and doing it with a purpose. Is it enough to just swim for fun, recreate her image, and get connected with her circle of friends or should she stand out and be the best her school has ever had?
Marianne Sciucco’s book is character-driven and it will be much loved by young adult readers. In the heart of the story is the existential question: What does it really take to live a fulfilling life? The protagonist lives through powerful emotions and readers will undoubtedly connect with her at the point where she is pressured to achieve success. The themes of sports, success, friendship, and family are masterfully explored. The narrative voice is strong and it comes across as unique and natural. Readers will enjoy the realistic sounding dialogues and the excellent prose. Swim Season is a novel that is well-paced with a lot of exciting things taking place. I did enjoy it.