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When Katie Kitrell is shipped off to boarding school by her distant father and overbearing mother, it doesn't take her long to become part of the It Crowd. She's smart, she's cute, and she's an Olympic-bound swimmer who has a first class ticket to any Ivy League school of her choice. But what her new friends, roommate, and boyfriend don't know is that Katie is swimming away from her past, and from the schizophrenic older brother, Will, who won't let her go. As Katie's star rises, her brother descends deeper into insanity. And when he does the unthinkable, it's all Katie can do to keep her head above water. A semi-autobiographical novel of love, lies, and the ties that bind.
Publisher: New York: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2010-08-31.
ISBN: 9780802722430
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I really enjoyed this book and I was able to feel what Katie felt because the author made everything so clear in my mind with the descriptive words and amazing story. The book is about a 15 year old girl named Katie who is most comfortable when swimming and is sent away from her very broken apart family and tries to forget about her brother and his issues and is starting to fit in when things threaten her popularity and she is stuck in a situation she has to deal with.

Jul 10, 2014

I really loved this book. I found that it was touching, and despite the fact that my life is not nearly as dramatic and devastating as Katie's (the main character), I found that her feelings about the situation were relatable. It was an accurate representation of how it may feel to be a teenager growing up with such a difficult life, and the struggles teens must face outside of their home life in society daily. A well written, interesting, touching, page-turning novel about growing up and the effects of drugs on people and their families, this book was fantastic - I highly recommend it!

Jul 03, 2012

Awesome read!

Jan 22, 2012

Keeps your interest with its grossly real content. I'm not sure what else made it so good, I sat here typing and deleting, typeing and deleting, none of my words seeming to describe it well enough, the word that made it what it was escaping my mind. Maybe it was the fact that towards the begining of the book Katie had reminded me of myself in her love for swim and conflict with her brother and herself. Or maybe it was the flawless writting of Jessica Warman. I'm not exactly sure why it was just a good book. Although I felt towards the end that Warman was strained in her quest to just finish the book, the last 40 or 50 pages rushed a little bit, the quality of writting not quiet as great. Also I was alittle disappointed because from reading the summery I got the feel that it would be more about swimming when it wasn't really centered on that as much as I would have hoped, but I guess that's my fault for expecting something else from a book I hadn't even read yet. Good book though. Recommended.

Jun 29, 2011

I found the beginning of the book quite boring and hard to connect with a drug addict brother as the role model for Katie. However, when she goes to the boarding school, it gets pretty interesting and it was a page turner from there.

paigers9081 May 09, 2011

I thought the book was great, but wish there was a little more excitement when it came to the middle of the book. All in all, however, it does have a happy ending for the most part. Which is kinda hard for the author to make when the main character's brother is a drug addict and threatens to kill himself every time someone talks to him. Wish there was a sequel, but it might be hard to make one.


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