This refreshingly honest book about the trials and tribulations of teen love is the final installment of the Diving In trilogy, which follows young Coll and Art as they navigate their love affair. Sink or Swim sees Coll trying to cope after Art has dumped her, and trying valiantly to pretend that everything is okay. Just when Coll thinks she might be over Art, he returns to her life, and not in the way she wants. Author Kate Cann has a knack for depicting the inner workings of Coll's mind, and her descriptions of teenage sex are commendable for their frankness. Performer Nicky Talacko's voice is plaintive and tender, perfectly suited to this tale of a first relationship gone sour.
It is a dramatic conclusion to Coll and Art's story.
Kate Cann perfectly captures the dilemmas and emotions of teenage life.
Everyone keeps telling Coll she should be over Art by now. However passionate the relationship, however devastating the split - it's time to move on. Sick of suffering, Coll sets out to make a real change in her life.
And just as she does - Art comes back. Telling her he wants to be "friends". What game is he playing with her? Coll knows he wants more, and when she's around him, she does too. It's anger versus attraction, logic versus longing - and Coll must make her choice.
©1998 Kate Cann; (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
Praise for the Diving In trilogy:
"Some of the best writing about love and sex that I have ever read in a book for young people - both emotionally stunning and morally unshakeable" (Books for Keeps)
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