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I sat back on my bed, heart hammering. So that's what I was. A friend. You weren't my friend, Art. You were my lover. Friends make you laugh and support you and stop you feeling alone. They don't make you go to bed night after night curled up in misery. You're not my friend. I sat back on my bed, heart hammering. So that's what I was. A friend. You weren't my friend, Art. You were my lover. Friends make you laugh and support you and stop you feeling alone. They don't make you go to bed night after night curled up in misery. You're not my friend.


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I sat back on my bed, heart hammering. So that's what I was. A friend. You weren't my friend, Art. You were my lover. Friends make you laugh and support you and stop you feeling alone. They don't make you go to bed night after night curled up in misery. You're not my friend. I sat back on my bed, heart hammering. So that's what I was. A friend. You weren't my friend, Art. You were my lover. Friends make you laugh and support you and stop you feeling alone. They don't make you go to bed night after night curled up in misery. You're not my friend.

30 review for Sink or Swim

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    When I began this short and easy-to-read series I was delighted with the teenage angst and romantic dilemmas (although I warn its a little racier than most YA), but the end of this trilogy made something in me really angry. Both Coll and Art have issues, but where Coll is sweet and confused, Art is a straight narcissist who manipulates, womanizes, and shows a complete lack of empathy time and time again. Just when you think, "Oh, he really does have a heart underneath all that chiseled beauty." When I began this short and easy-to-read series I was delighted with the teenage angst and romantic dilemmas (although I warn its a little racier than most YA), but the end of this trilogy made something in me really angry. Both Coll and Art have issues, but where Coll is sweet and confused, Art is a straight narcissist who manipulates, womanizes, and shows a complete lack of empathy time and time again. Just when you think, "Oh, he really does have a heart underneath all that chiseled beauty." Bam! He turns out to be the [email protected]&% that you thought. The only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 is because sometimes there are guys like that slinking their way around the world. I was dumbfounded with the ending; I'm just going to pretend that Coll learned a life lesson through his jerky experience and will find someone worth loving who will love here wholeheartedly back.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sofi

    teeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrible

  3. 5 out of 5

    N

    I have a lot of time for Kate Cann’s Diving In (‘Art and Coll’) trilogy. Even though the storylining is a bit rough, I think it captures something true about teenage relationships. There’s a realism (sometimes giddy, sometimes bleak) to the books that is missing from most of the other 1,783 teen romances I’ve read. Cann eschews a lot of the familiar teen novel clichés. Heroine Coll may be consumed by her relationship with bad boy Art, but she also Does Stuff. She has hobbies. She gets a job. She I have a lot of time for Kate Cann’s Diving In (‘Art and Coll’) trilogy. Even though the storylining is a bit rough, I think it captures something true about teenage relationships. There’s a realism (sometimes giddy, sometimes bleak) to the books that is missing from most of the other 1,783 teen romances I’ve read. Cann eschews a lot of the familiar teen novel clichés. Heroine Coll may be consumed by her relationship with bad boy Art, but she also Does Stuff. She has hobbies. She gets a job. She studies for her exams. All of this stuff is usually missing from teen romances. Plus, Coll does what is so often verboten in teen novels: she has sex. And sometimes it’s great. And sometimes it’s terrible. And sometimes it’s only okay. GASP. Realism! (view spoiler)[(Maaaaad props to Cann for having Coll and Art’s final sexual encounter in the book be completely underwhelming. It would have been so easy to go the Magical Healing Penis route.) (hide spoiler)] That’s not to say the books are perfect. There’s no real plotting outside of the central Coll/Art love story, and each book (particularly the final one) ends rather abruptly. Some of the secondary characters – notably, best friend Val – are never fully developed. I couldn’t shake the feeling that Val was just a function to prove that Sometimes Teenage Sex Goes Wrong. However, on balance, I’d say that if you’re fond of reading about messy, true-to-life relationships, you could do worse than to pick up this trilogy. P.S. Plus points to this book for containing motorbike excursions with lesbian overtones. Also: Joe/Coll! My OTP when I was 14! Still my OTP!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I haved loved reading this series and now that it's finally over, I'm going to really miss it. I wished I knew how it 'really finished'. Where Coll's relationship stood + what she did with her life. I am thinking of reading 'Art's Story' - it apparently says if they end up together and answers most of my questions. But I know it will be painful to read it through Art's perspective and not Coll's since it has been through her side of the story. It is most important to say that I am going to miss I haved loved reading this series and now that it's finally over, I'm going to really miss it. I wished I knew how it 'really finished'. Where Coll's relationship stood + what she did with her life. I am thinking of reading 'Art's Story' - it apparently says if they end up together and answers most of my questions. But I know it will be painful to read it through Art's perspective and not Coll's since it has been through her side of the story. It is most important to say that I am going to miss these books and reading this series, hopefully one day I can and will return to the story and tales of Coll and Art's life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nell

    It is an alright book. I wouldn't say it was particularly amazing, but for those who like teen dramas about boys I suppose this books for you. I read it thinking it was something completely different, and picked it up at the library without recognising it was the third book of its trilogy. It is an alright book. I wouldn't say it was particularly amazing, but for those who like teen dramas about boys I suppose this books for you. I read it thinking it was something completely different, and picked it up at the library without recognising it was the third book of its trilogy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    DodoReading

    This book was featured as part of a Throwback Thursday post. Check out the full review: http://treasurecovebookreviews.com/20... Happy reading =) This book was featured as part of a Throwback Thursday post. Check out the full review: http://treasurecovebookreviews.com/20... Happy reading =)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julia Goldhirsh

    I read this book almost a decade ago, and I have re-read it several times. This book honestly got me through a really rough breakup. I was dealing with someone who had treated me in a similar way to the male character in this series and it helped me get over it and move on with my life. The author really had a great grasp of human nature and about pain and recovery from being mistreated.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Jag tyckte inte boken var sådär jättebra, bara medelmåttig. Den handlar om Coll som försöker gå vidare efter att ha blivit dumpad av sin pojkvän. Tänk er Twilight-Bellas depression efter att Edward stack fast lite mindre dramatiskt, alltså utan skriken och mardrömmarna. Till sist blir Colls bästa vän sur på henne för att hon fortfarande är nere. De blir ovänner och Coll skaffar ett jobb. Där träffar hon Maggie som i fortsättningen av boken fungerar lite som en psykolog för Coll. Maggie har själv Jag tyckte inte boken var sådär jättebra, bara medelmåttig. Den handlar om Coll som försöker gå vidare efter att ha blivit dumpad av sin pojkvän. Tänk er Twilight-Bellas depression efter att Edward stack fast lite mindre dramatiskt, alltså utan skriken och mardrömmarna. Till sist blir Colls bästa vän sur på henne för att hon fortfarande är nere. De blir ovänner och Coll skaffar ett jobb. Där träffar hon Maggie som i fortsättningen av boken fungerar lite som en psykolog för Coll. Maggie har själv vart i ett sånt förhållande som Coll, så hon vet hur det är.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I can't say I didn't just breeze through this book, but man was it frustrating! I understand Art's character is meant to be "wounded" and "sealed off" but good grief, he's an ass! I wanted so badly for Colette to just drop him off! Excited to read the fourth one, curious to see if it will help explain Art--and obviously, most importantly.. will these two get together for good? I can't say I really want them to at this point; Colette deserves much better honestly. I can't say I didn't just breeze through this book, but man was it frustrating! I understand Art's character is meant to be "wounded" and "sealed off" but good grief, he's an ass! I wanted so badly for Colette to just drop him off! Excited to read the fourth one, curious to see if it will help explain Art--and obviously, most importantly.. will these two get together for good? I can't say I really want them to at this point; Colette deserves much better honestly.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Pope

    I think it's great that finally coll stood up to art and controlled the relationship for once and did what she needed to do, I also loved the open end of the book and that you could see it what way you wanted to but I loved having arts story on my kindle so I could read the ending all in all I am happy how it ends I think it's great that finally coll stood up to art and controlled the relationship for once and did what she needed to do, I also loved the open end of the book and that you could see it what way you wanted to but I loved having arts story on my kindle so I could read the ending all in all I am happy how it ends

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Last book in the trilogy from Kate Cann. Quite emotional, but still funny. The characters are very real and I felt a sense of connection with them. Having read this series as a teenager, it helped to know that I wasn't the only one experiencing these emotions, and going through a similar situation. Great books Last book in the trilogy from Kate Cann. Quite emotional, but still funny. The characters are very real and I felt a sense of connection with them. Having read this series as a teenager, it helped to know that I wasn't the only one experiencing these emotions, and going through a similar situation. Great books

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alex Reynolds

    Do you ever read something that makes you wish you had read it when you were younger?! Me too. This is a three part series and I won’t lie I haven’t read the first two but it isn’t necessary in this case, this read totally pulls you in. Coll is a teen dealing with heartbreak, friendship and family, this isn’t by any means a complicated read but the meanings this book holds is so much more 🌱

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Toon

    One of the best books i've ver read. Need to find the book about Arts side of the story :) One of the best books i've ver read. Need to find the book about Arts side of the story :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Relatable

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I want more!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Sallay

    I loved this series so much. It could have gone on for books and books if they stayed this good.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Talent chiringa

    its nice

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    I didn't like how the book ended. It kind of ended abruptly and it left you hanging on what was going to happen with Col and Art. I didn't like how the book ended. It kind of ended abruptly and it left you hanging on what was going to happen with Col and Art.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    Swedish title: Över ytan

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    was kind of disappointed in how this all got wrapped up. certainly wasn't as good as the others. was kind of disappointed in how this all got wrapped up. certainly wasn't as good as the others.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Felicity

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  23. 5 out of 5

    Somo

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie-Lee

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carina

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beth T

  27. 5 out of 5

    Betul

  28. 4 out of 5

    Noel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

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