Review: ‘Girl Underwater’ by Claire Kells

I read this book entirely in one sitting, which, I’ll admit, doesn’t say much as I do that a lot but, trust me, this book is that good! It’s full of adventure, complicated relationships, struggle and heartache. It keeps you interested from beginning to end!


It’s been a while since I read a book that didn’t have some element of fantasy or wasn’t set in a different time that I loved so completely. In a way, the normality of this story is what makes it unique.

In her debut novel, Kells has created such a relatable character in Avery, that you become so immersed in her world to the point where you’re yelling at the pages and staying up at night thinking, what would you have done?

What makes me love this story even more is the way Kells’ own life as a physician influenced her writing. There’s a strong medical theme throughout her book that lets her own personality and experiences shine through. I am always inspired by people using their own tales of what could have been a simple life to create something more and inspire many.

This is a story of survival, in more ways than one. Avery is no damsel in distress, and while, like all of us, she is flawed, she proves that we all have the strength to save ourselves.

About the Book

Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations, but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.

That all changes when Avery’s cross-country flight home makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors, which includes three little boys and Colin Shea, whom she’s avoided since the first day of freshman year.

But now, faced with sub-zero temperatures, minimal supplies, and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere, Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could’ve imagined.

In the wilderness, the concept of survival is clear-cut. In the real world, it’s anything but.


4 thoughts on “Review: ‘Girl Underwater’ by Claire Kells

  1. One of my favourites, amazing. “while, like all of us, she is flawed, she proves that we all have the strength to save ourselves.” love it!


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