Angels Can’t Swim – Alexandra McCann Book Review


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.

The novella is 102 pages long & was published in June 2018.

Angels can’t swim Book

First Chapter Impressions

It is told in third person and introduces a few introductions to back stories of the characters. So far, I’m getting the vibe that Eden’s Mental Health is struggling, probably depression. I definitely want to know more and continue reading.


This book may be triggering for those battling bulimia and eating disorders.

Towards the end of chapter 6 I became really intrigued and nervous about the swim coach. I have a feeling I know what’s going to happen but I am excited to read on!

I liked how all 3 girls are very different to each other yet are all struggling. It was very real as many people struggle whilst leading very different lives and having different personalities.

Angels Can’t Cry touched upon relationships that are inappropriate though not illegal and explored how there can be grey areas. It also briefly looks at consent and how confusion can lead to guilt and feelings of blame.

My one critique is that I wished it was a novel rather than a novella. I feel like it could have gone into more detail with the thoughts of the 3 girls. It felt a little short but would be a great introduction to those new to reading Mental Health fiction.

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Favourite Quotes

  • She hates not showing real emotion, hates hiding behind her cool-girl attitude, yet it is much better than the alternative – actually dealing with all the demons festering deep within her soul. And so she plays her game, acts the part, and tries not to feel anything at all.
  • The sadness lodged deep within her eyes, hinting at an exhaustion that goes deeper than lack of sleep.
  • She is lost again in the sea of emotional manipulation that she isn’t even fully aware she’s in.

My Rating & Where to Find It

I would rate this 8/10 and you can find Angels Can’t Swim on Amazon here. It is currently on KindleUnlimited (July 2018) so you could read it there. It is also currently only 99p so a bargain to be had!

Angels Can’t swim

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.


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