Not long after Abby Donahue’s family falls apart, she escapes on an airplane to Chicago for a recruiting trip. A talented high-school swimmer, Abby hopes to score both a college scholarship and some distance from her parents’ recent divorce. But is this university for her?
Her first encounter with freshman swimmer Reese McGowan makes her nervous. He’s a tall backstroker with a mess of blond hair, glittering aquamarine eyes, and a suspension from the team for badmouthing the school to another recruit. As Abby unravels the mystery underlying Reese’s disdain, she begins to unlock her own hidden emotions about her father. Together Abby and Reese battle bullies on the team and inner demons, learning that flipper feet and fighting for family can actually be a good thing.
It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Jennifer Lane, and I’d almost forgotten how much I love her writing. Swim Recruit is no different.
A short centred around Abby and a trip to a prospective college in Chicago to check out the swim team and the possibility of a full scholarship. She’s trying to remain strong after the break down of her parent’s marriage, and needs the distraction it brings to her.
Whilst in Chicago, she meets a solid supporting cast of characters, Reece in particular, who help her decide if she wants to attend that particular college or not. Some put her off, while others encourage the idea. She also helps to save one person’s college swimming career by a sneaky bit of eavesdropping followed by a lot of heartfelt honesty.
I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone else, but I will say, yay for Lane for dealing the delicate and often inflammatory subject of homophobia in a sensitive and realistic manner.
The only complaint, which drops my review down to a 4*, is that this story could quite easily have been extended and made longer. I wanted to know more about Abby, her family, Reece, and his family.
I’ll make sure to read more by Jennifer Lane. In fact, I have another book ready and waiting on my Kindle.