Guest Review: Angels Can’t Swim by Alexandra McCann


The lovely Fawn from Bookish Fawn reviewed this heart wrenching New Adult novel. A compelling read for those seeking a coming of age story.

Book Synopsis

Angels Can’t Swim is an original, honest coming-of-age novella that examines what goes on behind the scenes for three college swimmers. Jenna, Maggie, and Eden are each incredibly different in their personalities and struggles, yet under pressure they must come together in this compelling story of friendship and what it means to be a good teammate. While balancing the pressures of swimming at a high level and also dealing with the realities of college life, the three young women grow immensely as individual people and in their bonds with each other. In portraying these bonds, the novella tackles important issues such as eating disorders and what it means to be an LGBTQ young person. This intense, unforgettable novella is a must-read for young adults, college students, and all people who wish to take a glimpse into a world not often seen.


Angel’s Can’t Swim is a touching coming of age story that follows the lives of three friends as they navigate college life.

I honestly loved this book! The story is so compelling and so real. I love the difference in the problems between the girls. It’s a little reminder that not everyone deals with things in the same way.

As for the characters:
Eden is gay and has bulimia, though she’s very secretive. She also really likes Jenna.
Jenna is the fastest swimmer on the team, and has “a crush” on the swim coach, Coach Ted, which spirals out of control.
Maggie grew up in a religious household but gets pregnant in college. She’s distraught but her family takes her back in.

One of the main things I enjoyed about this book is for the most part, everyone is so supportive of each other. You can certainly tell the trio are friends, Maggie’s mother was welcoming her back, Eden tried to protect Jenna. It’s a lovely story that has quite a few life lessons tucked in.

I do have one critique though, and as everyone has already stated, the dialogue could have been a LOT better. I did enjoy that it was more like a narrative for a movie with a few lines here and there. However, I think that could be fixed a little for future books.

I certainly look forward to reading any future publications this author comes out with. 🙂

4 Stars

About the Reviewer:

“Hi! You can call me Fawn and I’m a Los Angeles based book blogger/reviewer. I’m just a big city girl with a small town heart. When I’m not blogging or reading, I enjoy spending time collecting crystals, playing outside with my two dogs, or doing tarot readings.”

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