A teenage boy suffering from curvature of the spine begins swimming every week at the local pool, at the repeated request of his chiropractor. In the interior and echoing world of the swimming pool, surrounded by anonymous bodies and in between lengths, he becomes acquainted with a girl who agrees to give him pointers on his poor technique.
It is the start of a tentative friendship, one that exists only in the water, every Wednesday; a friendship made up of touches, gestures and shared silences more than conversation. As their relationship develops, the boy's need for the girl grows, until the pool becomes for him a place freighted with expectancy and longing. One day, she mouths a message underwater - but what could it mean?
I'm struggling to think what I could write about this. I have taken to simply typing a word in the online library search bar, browsing the books that come up and then putting some on hold to read. This is one of those books. If it wasn't for me doing this then I wouldn't grab books like this off the shelf.
It follows the story of a young man who has curvature of the spine and starts swimming at the local pool at the insistence of his chiropractor. He is reluctant at first until he gets to know one of the regular swimmers and they become friends.
While I liked the artwork, it's lovely and simple and doesn't need much variance in colour, I didn't really find that the storyline did much of anything for me. It is simplistic, and there are some things I like, it only takes place in two places which suits the book. There are whole pages where there are no words at all, which is nice.
It's a nice enough book, but I can't say that I enjoyed it, nor did I dislike it.
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