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Book Reviews of Swimming

Author: Joanna Hershon
ISBN-13: 9780345442765
ISBN-10: 0345442768
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 384
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.

2.9 stars, based on 65 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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11 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

Leah199 avatar reviewed Swimming on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I found that I could not relate to the characters. I had to make myself finish this book, because I was HOPING it would redeem itself at the did not.
areadingwoman avatar reviewed Swimming on + 30 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I read this book while student teaching because I was looking for something quick and mind-numbing to take brain-breaks with. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I got involved with the story. The characters are well-developed and the mystery is enthralling. Now that I teach, it has been on my bookshelf and many students have read it as well. I am shocked at how many loved it so much they begged me to take it home for a weekend to read.
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Not quite what I expected but still a good read.
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Decent story mainly focusing on a young girl coming to grips with the death of one brother and the disappearance of another. We know what happens, as the book begins by setting up the situation from multiple sides of the story, but she isn't told the whole truth as an 8 year old, and must reconstruct history to figure out what happened.
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I had a hard time when I started this book, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. It was very interesting and I couldn't help but laugh at some of the strange happenings.
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Easy read
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This story is about three siblings - golden boy Aaron, troublesome Jack and little sister Lila. Aaron's girlfriend Suzanne is drawn to Jack and that leads to his death. Aaron disappears and suddenly Lily is an only child. Ten years later, the past comes back to haunt Lily.
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This is an inside out mystery with the action fast and furious at the beginning and all the psychological repurcussions throughout the rest. Very involving family drama.
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From Booklist
When Aaron Wheeler brings his beautiful, flirtatious girlfriend, Suzanne, home to meet his family, he's nervous but not unnaturally so. But then Suzanne meets his younger brother, Jack, and an attraction sparks between them. After a wild party, Suzanne and Jack end up alone together at a pond on the Wheelers' property. When Aaron finds the pair in a compromising position, his fury leads to a tragic accident. From this point the story jumps ahead 10 years, to when Aaron and Jack's younger sister, Lila, enters college. Still haunted by her memories and the aftermath of that fatal night, Lila sets out to find the truth, certain that something has been kept from her. Her dogged quest becomes her sole purpose, but as she searches for the truth she finds out as much about herself as she does about the night that changed her life. Hershon's first novel is an engrossing tale of love, redemption, and second chances.

From Publishers Weekly
Brother kills brother, and a younger sister makes their story her own in this lush but unsteady modern-day Cain and Abel tale by first-timer Hershon. On a beautiful summer weekend, Aaron Wheeler brings his college girlfriend, Suzanne, home to meet his family in New Hampshire. Golden boy Aaron is a few years older than his volatile, difficult brother, Jack; their little sister, Lila, is eight. The visit is pleasant if tense, as Suzanne finds herself drawn to Jack against her better judgment. Late one night after a party, Suzanne and Jack end up swimming alone together at the lake behind the house. As Jack makes it back to shore, naked, Aaron is waiting for him. Jack's death is made to look like an accident--it is said that he fell on the rocks--and Aaron disappears, dropping out of college. When Hershon picks up the narrative 10 years later, the story is resumed from Lila's point of view. Now living in New York City and teaching private English classes, she stumbles through her daily life, glimpsing Aaron or Jack in all the men she sees. A chance encounter with Suzanne focuses her determination to discover what really happened that night in New Hampshire and to find Aaron again. Hershon's carefully worked prose aspires to hothouse perfection, but overworked metaphors and forced turns of phrase undermine its effectiveness. At moments, the narrative invites readers to sink beneath its surface, but Hershon fails to sustain the dark, atmospheric morass she cultivates.
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Reminds one of an epic-type book with life lessons and great characters. A good read.
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duplicate copy that I have