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Lou Brown is a fast individual medley swimmer, training for the Olympics. But when she tanks the time trials, she starts over and goes back to school. It's hard to fit in with the existing social groups. But then, she begins to coach boys in a different type of swimming activity, for a different type of competition.
Published: New York :, Feiwel & Friends,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250089182
Branch Call Number: YA LUU
Characteristics: 234 pages ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: Gold fish


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JCLChrisK Apr 20, 2017

For a book that opens with a life-altering, depression-inducing failure, this ends up being a whole lot of snarky, larky fun. It has excellent humor throughout and a few most unexpected, outrageous adventures, with enough seriousness to give it weight and some nicely drawn characters who grow. Most enjoyable.

vpl_teens Sep 28, 2016

The characters of the story were really interesting but I felt the pacing was a bit slow. They are teenagers so they might be relate able to some but for me I felt they just exaggerated the stereotypical feelings of a teenager. The books also refers to modern slang and language. The main character goes through very real and expected emotions. She doesn't deal with it like some amazing person but rather as just a normal teenager. The actually conflict or problem of the story wasn't really that exciting but what you're probably gonna look forward to reading is the dialogue of the characters. The characters really stood out for me and kept me from dropping this book.

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. ☺
Reviewed by Jacky L. for Teens Read it First,


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JCLChrisK Apr 20, 2017

New things always look weird to begin with. Imagine being the first monkey who grew a thumb. No one realized how useful that was going to be. They probably all ran around yelling, "Look at Clive's hand! It's icky, hit it with a rock!" Thousands of years later, we're texting with it and Clive has the last laugh.

JCLChrisK Apr 20, 2017

It's a sign of an "interesting" life when you wake up in the hospital so regularly that you can guess where you are with your eyes closed.


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