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Champion swimmer Aerin Keane is ready to give up her dreams of college swimming and a shot at the Olympics. As she starts senior year in her third high school, Aerin’s determined to leave her family troubles behind and be like all the other girls at Two Rivers. She’s got a new image and a new attitude. She doesn’t want to win anymore. She’s swimming for fun, no longer the freak who wins every race, every title, only to find herself alone.

But when her desire to be just one of the girls collides with her desire to be the best Two Rivers has ever seen, will Aerin sacrifice her new friendships to break a longstanding school record that comes with a $50,000 scholarship?

“What an engaging read! More than simply a story about competition on a swim team, this story is about growing up, learning about the complexities of life and how our decisions can impact our future, positively or negatively.”

“Marianne Sciucco writes with such skill that you are transported right into the story. In this case, she puts you right in the water next to Aerin as she swims for her life. This story is so powerful, so gripping, I couldn’t put it down.”


Author note: My daughter’s 11 year swimming career, which recently ended. All those hours sitting on cold metal bleachers gave me more than a sore you-know-what ~ they inspired a novel. I loved writing the story of Aerin’s mom, a wounded warrior who’s made some big mistakes. She’s a nurse, like me, and a former swimming champion who almost made the Olympic team, not like me by a long shot.