Ria Williams was an elite diver on track for the Olympics. As someone who struggled in school, largely due to her ADHD, diving was the one place Ria could shine. But while her parents were focused on the trophies, no one noticed how Coach Benny’s strict rules and punishments controlled every aspect of Ria’s life. Until a freak accident at a meet changes everything. Just like that, Ria is handed back her life, free of Benny.
To fill her now empty and aimless days, Ria rekindles a friendship with Cotton, a guy she used to know back in elementary school. With Cotton, she’s able to open up about what Benny would do to her, and through Cotton’s eyes, Ria is able to see it for what it was: abuse. Then Benny returns, offering Ria a second chance with a life-changing diving opportunity. The thought of being back under his control seems impossible to bear, but so does walking away. This novel sensitively explores difficult issues around abusive coaching, self-esteem, and how love can help you find freedom.
"[Ria and Cotton's] mutual romance is sweet, complicated, painful, and honest — like any other. Ria knows fear from diving, but she must come to terms with Benny’s abuse and find the strength to overcome this other fear. The text explores this sensitively, revealing the way student athletes can feel as if they belong to their coaches as well as the way victims can become trapped by abusers.... Dives into difficult, legitimate issues with great form." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||14 and up|
|Publication Date||Apr 21, 2020|