Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Waking Under Water by Christine H. Bailey

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Vinspire Publishing LLC and NetGalley.
Waking Under Water
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Mia Hughes is not really a bad girl. She’s just made one bad decision after another, like mixing in with the wrong crowd and disappearing for days at a time. Her latest move has forced her parents to do the unthinkable—send her away to boarding school.

Trying to make sense of her new world, far away from Pittsburgh, is only half the battle for Mia as she fights to survive the wicked ways of the rich, spoiled kids at Galt Academy. But Mia is a fighter, and when she befriends junior Lucas Dunlap, the cute coffee shop guy, and his friend, Natalie, things start to look up for her—until the betrayal.

After falling into a deep depression, Mia resorts to the one thing she does best: running away. There’s only one problem—Lucas has a hold on her. And just when Mia thinks life can’t get any more complicated, it does with some life-changing news. Can Mia keep her head above water long enough to survive the pressures of her new school? And will Lucas be there when she finally comes up for air, once and for all?

Waking Under Water by Christine H. Bailey

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Waking Under Water “The familiar feeling of hopelessness had started creeping back after I stopped taking the pills.”

This was an enjoyable story, although the storyline was a little all over the place.

Mia got into trouble without even trying in this book, and I could understand her parents being disappointed in her behaviour enough to send her to boarding school. She did come across as a little naïve and confused at times though, because surely she knew that running away would worry her parents!

“When she ran away for six days, it was the worst time of my life.”

The storyline in this was all over the place, starting off as Mia going to a new school, then there were mean girls, illegal drugs, a boy, a band, an accident, and even a medical condition thrown in there, as well as a bit of romance that was on and off. I did enjoy the story though, even with the slightly flighty storyline.

“I’m sorry.”
“For what?”
“For kissing you, I guess.”

The ending to this was fairly happy, and I was satisfied with it.

7 out of 10

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