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A huge sort of tremor ran through me. After so long, so much fantasizing, I'd actually kissed him. I hope he didn't see that shiver, I thought. I don't want him to know how overwhelmed I am, not yet. A huge sort of tremor ran through me. After so long, so much fantasizing, I'd actually kissed him. I hope he didn't see that shiver, I thought. I don't want him to know how overwhelmed I am, not yet.


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A huge sort of tremor ran through me. After so long, so much fantasizing, I'd actually kissed him. I hope he didn't see that shiver, I thought. I don't want him to know how overwhelmed I am, not yet. A huge sort of tremor ran through me. After so long, so much fantasizing, I'd actually kissed him. I hope he didn't see that shiver, I thought. I don't want him to know how overwhelmed I am, not yet.

30 review for Diving In

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Note to self: never decide to reread any of the books I was obsessed with when I was 14 ever again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    There isn't really a story for this one. I just saw it, thought I'd give it a go. The End. Sorry. Anyway...there are a series of them...somehow? Because well it ended like that's the end. Nothing more else could happen...but something else obviously does. I'm not sure if I'll read the sequel :S To be honest, I found it flat. And boring. I know some of Kate Cann's other stuff which is supposed to be so good but this...well it didn't live up to my expectations. I found a few spelling mistakes - a pe There isn't really a story for this one. I just saw it, thought I'd give it a go. The End. Sorry. Anyway...there are a series of them...somehow? Because well it ended like that's the end. Nothing more else could happen...but something else obviously does. I'm not sure if I'll read the sequel :S To be honest, I found it flat. And boring. I know some of Kate Cann's other stuff which is supposed to be so good but this...well it didn't live up to my expectations. I found a few spelling mistakes - a pet hate of mine. And it did take a while to get going. Art, the boy, is a complete and utter idiot. I'm sorry but WHY would someone fall for him with a personality like that. Though, I guess the author wanted us to hate him. One reason why I probably won't read the whole series is because I can guess it's going to be like 'Do I love him or not? He's an idiot but I want to go out with him? Oh no. My life is over' kind of thing. Which I think will get on my nerves. I have seem some good reviews and maybe this book just isn't for me. But I would say it's worth a try at least. The characters (apart from Art) are great and I loved Val. She made me laugh a couple of times. I would say, if you were thinking about reading this, do read it just for the sarcasm and jokes and it does teach you something about the potentical 'bad boyfriend that just wants sex' that most girls face at some point. I, thankfully, haven't yet and hopefully won't.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kate R.

    The only character I found likable in this was the mother. Collete was annoying, paranoid, and overreacted to everything, while at the same time subjected herself to being mistreated. Art was moody, rude, pressuring, arrogant etc. etc. Besides his apparent good looks, he was simply not a nice person. I don't know why anyone would fall for him. Looks aren't everything. I loved the mother. She was very funny, and in addition, had a simply kick-ass rant at the end about the importance of sex. And s The only character I found likable in this was the mother. Collete was annoying, paranoid, and overreacted to everything, while at the same time subjected herself to being mistreated. Art was moody, rude, pressuring, arrogant etc. etc. Besides his apparent good looks, he was simply not a nice person. I don't know why anyone would fall for him. Looks aren't everything. I loved the mother. She was very funny, and in addition, had a simply kick-ass rant at the end about the importance of sex. And she really loves her daughter, no matter how annoying Collete may be.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alja ✨

    After MONTHS of searching for this book without knowing the title and repeatedly googling 'book about swimming, character named Art' without success, I FINALLY FOUND IT!! I read this book sometime between 6th and 8th grade because my best friend was a swimmer and she loved it and it was one of the first (YA) romances I read. I probably will not be rereading this because I don't want to know how bad it actually is but I'm just glad I found it again. I also read the translated version so if anythi After MONTHS of searching for this book without knowing the title and repeatedly googling 'book about swimming, character named Art' without success, I FINALLY FOUND IT!! I read this book sometime between 6th and 8th grade because my best friend was a swimmer and she loved it and it was one of the first (YA) romances I read. I probably will not be rereading this because I don't want to know how bad it actually is but I'm just glad I found it again. I also read the translated version so if anything, I should read that one when I want to ruin my childhood, lol. Date read: like 2010? Not sure

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Heroine Coll, influenced by her feminist-to-the-point-of-man-hating mom, rightly believes that her first sexual relationship should go beyond the physical and as she holds out for "holistic sex," her boyfriend Art, a former player, becomes more and more frustrated. Much of the first book is taken up with the struggle between head, heart and hormones. In book number two, when Coll and Art do finally become lovers, the intensity of the relationship becomes too much for baggage-laden Art who skips Heroine Coll, influenced by her feminist-to-the-point-of-man-hating mom, rightly believes that her first sexual relationship should go beyond the physical and as she holds out for "holistic sex," her boyfriend Art, a former player, becomes more and more frustrated. Much of the first book is taken up with the struggle between head, heart and hormones. In book number two, when Coll and Art do finally become lovers, the intensity of the relationship becomes too much for baggage-laden Art who skips off to New Zealand. In book number three, Coll is recovering slowly from the relationship that left her ravaged when Art, interested in being "just friends" returns. But is there really such a thing between men and women? Protective parents will complain that this book is "too" for teens -- too sexy, too honest, too promiscuous -- but the sexual relationship between Coll and Art is mature and tasteful. Collete describes the overwhelming emotion of being physically intimate, rather than play by play of what goes where, and condoms are mentioned regularly, with a subplot of a best friend's abortion fortelling the disasters of going skin to skin, even one time. The flawless writing, realistic story, and complex characters blend together to give a sense of "I know what she means!" about the short series. This is Forever for the new millennium, British style: A smart girl falls in love and has a sexual relationship that runs its course with no harsh repercussions (such as disease, pregnancy, or death). Hopefully a three-in-one version of the series will be published soon, because it is impossible to not want to read all three books in one sitting.

  6. 4 out of 5

    N

    Diving In’s protagonist Coll is a keen swimmer, but that’s not really the point of the novel, because swimming is a metaphor – A METAPHOR – for her awakening sexuality. Coll is athletic and down-to-earth, from a family of working-class lefties. Art is rich and callous, content to skate by on his good looks. The plotline of Diving In is an old chestnut of a trope: when they fall in love, Coll’s innate goodness “fixes” Art’s innate badness. The thing is, I don’t hate tropes if they’re well done. Ka Diving In’s protagonist Coll is a keen swimmer, but that’s not really the point of the novel, because swimming is a metaphor – A METAPHOR – for her awakening sexuality. Coll is athletic and down-to-earth, from a family of working-class lefties. Art is rich and callous, content to skate by on his good looks. The plotline of Diving In is an old chestnut of a trope: when they fall in love, Coll’s innate goodness “fixes” Art’s innate badness. The thing is, I don’t hate tropes if they’re well done. Kate Cann actually manages to pull off a diverting YA novel. And it’s one that’s a lot sexier than most teen fare. You know what I love to read about? UST (Unresolved Sexual Tension). It’s everywhere in TV and movies, and yet most novelists fail miserably at it. Either romance is non-existent or it’s overblown. (Edward. Bella. Meadow. Ahem.) I’m mentioning this because Kate Caan is really good at UST. Her writing is flawed in other respects – the story’s set-up is plodding and she switches tenses like a crazy person – but I have to give her props for her UST. Teenage!me thought that Diving In was sogreatOMG, and even old-enough-to-know-better!me thinks that it’s a pretty good read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shav

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Col has been smitten with the mysterious boy she sees at the pool every Thursday night. She decides to fancy him in her fantasies– because that's the safest way. But one day she bumps into him and it's like he notices her. They start going out together and it's like they have this natural attraction to one another. Col wants to take it slow, get to know him better. But it's like Art is only focused on one thing. At the age of 16, it's not always easy to stand up for yourself and refuse your boyf Col has been smitten with the mysterious boy she sees at the pool every Thursday night. She decides to fancy him in her fantasies– because that's the safest way. But one day she bumps into him and it's like he notices her. They start going out together and it's like they have this natural attraction to one another. Col wants to take it slow, get to know him better. But it's like Art is only focused on one thing. At the age of 16, it's not always easy to stand up for yourself and refuse your boyfriend. But this strong heroine chooses to stand up for herself even though she knows that it would be easier to give in. Personal note: I was 11 or 12 when I read this book the first time. After I finished the series, I decided to read it each year. And I did exactly that for three years. But the books disappeared from my local library and I couldn't find them anywhere else afterwards. I really needed these books the past few months. But I'm glad I've gotten them the past month.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kattie

    Coll, short for Collet has had a crush on a mystery man that mostly always goes to the pool on thursdays. she's never made contact with him untill she bumped into him. she finds out coll is rich and has had sex before, unlike her. she feels as if he doesn't feel the same way for her as she does to him. Art (mystery man), short for Aurther, keeps asking to do IT with him bur shes not ready yet. He kind of lies to Coll and tricks her into a cabbin with two bedrooms; one for her parents and one for Coll, short for Collet has had a crush on a mystery man that mostly always goes to the pool on thursdays. she's never made contact with him untill she bumped into him. she finds out coll is rich and has had sex before, unlike her. she feels as if he doesn't feel the same way for her as she does to him. Art (mystery man), short for Aurther, keeps asking to do IT with him bur shes not ready yet. He kind of lies to Coll and tricks her into a cabbin with two bedrooms; one for her parents and one for her AND art. they find themselves fighting, and Coll makes it really obvious that they are over, esspecially since her mom yelled at Arts dad and stepmom. but in the end they both end up back together. its wayyy more fun if you read it with the details:)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    I don't really have a lot to say about this one, it was a cute book. After awhile it just got a little old, Coll, the main character, spent the entire book was debating with herself about the guy she sees swimming, Art. At different times I wanted to scream at Coll, "Just make up your mind already!" It's a fun read for a lazy summer afternoon. I want to know where Art & Coll's story goes next, this is the first book of the trilogy. I don't really have a lot to say about this one, it was a cute book. After awhile it just got a little old, Coll, the main character, spent the entire book was debating with herself about the guy she sees swimming, Art. At different times I wanted to scream at Coll, "Just make up your mind already!" It's a fun read for a lazy summer afternoon. I want to know where Art & Coll's story goes next, this is the first book of the trilogy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Breanna Cocagne

    I read this book when I was in the fourth grade, so I was around 8 or 9 years old. Yes, that is far too young for a book of this subject in most cases but I remember just becoming absolutely engrossed in it and I read through the series so fast and its still one of the most memorable books Ive ever read. I literally could not put it down, and I would recommend it. Not to any other 8 year olds obviously, but It was a fantastic read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Sallay

    I really enjoyed this. I loved how it was written before cell phones and the internet, and I honestly didn't think there were any books like this in the late 90s. I like Kate's writing style and I enjoyed the characters very much. I just bought the next two in the series for more of them. I really enjoyed this. I loved how it was written before cell phones and the internet, and I honestly didn't think there were any books like this in the late 90s. I like Kate's writing style and I enjoyed the characters very much. I just bought the next two in the series for more of them.

  12. 5 out of 5

    DodoReading

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  13. 5 out of 5

    Odette Brethouwer

    I read this before my reading journal, aka before 2005, zo I was younger than 15 when reading all the (translated) books of Kate Cann and I can remember loving them!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Camryn Tham

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *Major Spoilers Ahead* Diving In, by Kate Cann marks the beginning of a trilogy revolved around a sixteen year old girl named Colette and her beginning challenges of a romance that blossomed at her local swimming pool. She was raised by a headstrong mother that could, by some perspectives, be described as a “man hater” due to her strong feminism beliefs. When Colette’s mother was introduced, I initially believed that the upcoming message of this trilogy would be the importance of feminism, or at *Major Spoilers Ahead* Diving In, by Kate Cann marks the beginning of a trilogy revolved around a sixteen year old girl named Colette and her beginning challenges of a romance that blossomed at her local swimming pool. She was raised by a headstrong mother that could, by some perspectives, be described as a “man hater” due to her strong feminism beliefs. When Colette’s mother was introduced, I initially believed that the upcoming message of this trilogy would be the importance of feminism, or at least the importance of the respect all women should recieve. However, in my opinion, it took longer than needed to instill that sense of “natural right” to the main character Colette. When Colette meets Art, the boy she developed a crush on during her after school swimming sessions, it seems to be love at first sight. She turns her back on the words her mother's embedded within her mind and chose to pursue this boy, despite never meeting him. Personally, I don't mind a “love at first sight” plot at all! After all, the reason I chose this book was because I love romance novels and was excited to read about the contrast between pursuing romance with a boy and upholding strong feminism beliefs. Right off the bat, while reading the beginning sections, I understood why Colette was reluctant to follow in her mother's footsteps especially since her mothers beliefs were close to being “man-hating”. However, I believe the problem began to coil when Colette and Art began to talk and spark interest within one another. Besides Art being described as good looking, nothing really rang as interesting for him. I didn't think of it too much because it was only the beginning, but it lacked the sense of excitement that usually makes up romance novels. Simply put, his personality was flat and nothing too special came about meeting him. But this was no reason to say the book itself was written poorly, the biggest problem for me was the personalities of the main characters. Further into the book, I waited for the development of personality and feminism within Colette. Instead, the readers were given the spontaneous relationship of Colette and Art. Their relationship development was near nonexistent and did not uphold the basic foundation to a relationship. Especially seeing that this was a described as the first novel to a love trilogy, I often questioned how this novel could continue on for two more books when there is such rushed development. The relationship itself wasn't intriguing, they often went to bars and Art’s house (where we are introduced to Art’s unideal family life), where Art can now be seen as pushy for physical affection. Art was raised in a huge mansion, where his rich father and stepmother live in as well. His contempt towards his family was extremely visible to the point where Art continued to show his rash side with Colette even when his family wasn't around. A red flag swung right before my eyes despite it being completely invisible to Colette, who brushed it off because of her strong attraction to Art. Throughout the book, multiple signs of an unhealthy relationship flashed before my eyes. The most prominent being when Art invites Colette to his camping lodge, where he then gets angry at her for not sleeping with him. Colette gets angry in return, which brought me some hope towards the message that had slowly declined from my thoughts throughout the book. I thought, “this is the perfect moment to just end it with him.” and thus, the relationship between Colette and Art was over (Finally!). My favorite part of the book remains the moment when Colette witnesses a girl being harassed by drunk men at the park and she steps up to protect her, with Colette getting injured in the process. This moment held so much emotion because it proved that no matter how much Colette wanted to veer away from her mother’s mindset, the importance that lies within it overpowers her desire to not follow it. I enjoyed the scene so much because as it showed a more powerful side to Collette, it showed a vulnerable side to her mother -- who was always depicted as a headstrong women with strong beliefs. The duality between a human and a mother made this chapter so strong. What disappointed me the most was the ending. After having a discussion with her mother, Colette decides to rekindle her short lived romance with Art and give him another chance. The strength that Colette gained gives me hope that she knows how to handle a relationship, I just wish it weren't with Art. I felt as if the ending didn't bring much justice to the purpose behind this trilogy, which was to know that you are just as in control of a relationship that your significant other is. I can't imagine the next two books, especially since the ending of the first book seemed so conclusive. Overall, this book was well written, the plot however, never put me to the edge of my seat and often made me frustrated with the choices made by the main character. But, I understand that each reader has their own opinions and may have differing opinions to mine!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    The first in the Art and Coll quartet, Kate Cann follows 17-year-old Colette as she searches for summer love and finds it in a boy named Arthur, or ‘Art’ for short. He’s handsome and rich, and she’s quickly interested. Too interested, in fact. She quickly gets attached to him and wonders why he’s not answering her calls. Did she dive in too fast?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    A book I reached for after seeing a mention of this author. I read this in my teens but remembered nothing about it other than it had something to do with swimming.The level of escapism was just what I needed but I also think this has some great commentary about consent although I'm conflicted about the continuing of the relationship in book 2. Also Col's Mum is such a great character. A book I reached for after seeing a mention of this author. I read this in my teens but remembered nothing about it other than it had something to do with swimming.The level of escapism was just what I needed but I also think this has some great commentary about consent although I'm conflicted about the continuing of the relationship in book 2. Also Col's Mum is such a great character.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This was one of the books that got me through my teenage years so I jumped at the chance to read it again. It was a pleasant surprise to see that it really hasn’t aged! The themes of growing up and apart from your parents, trying to discover who you are and navigating your way through relationships are all very relevant still.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Suz R

    Read this triology about Art and Colette more than ten years ago when I was a teenager and haven’t forgot it since then. Probably one of few books that I loved so much that I felt changed me and my view of life. Will never forget these books and carry the sweet memory of them my whole life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    #41 Borrowed from the library. FS: "As the hot water pounded down on me, I was suddenly aware I was not alone." LS: N/A #41 Borrowed from the library. FS: "As the hot water pounded down on me, I was suddenly aware I was not alone." LS: N/A

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jasmijn

    Liked it a lot when I was 12. So... Three stars?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Martyna Mituzaitė

    Very simple, not complicated and banal summer read. Nothing really sticks with you, but it's okay. Very simple, not complicated and banal summer read. Nothing really sticks with you, but it's okay.

  22. 5 out of 5

    SJ

    The books of my youth and reread a thousand times I loved the realism of Art and Coll. ❤️

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leah Walker

    I dont know how to feel about this book? Veryyy confused... First of all Art was creepy/attractive throughout? Then it all came out and i hated him but then i thought hmm but you havent heard everything from him... Then he kinda maybe just almost redeemed himself at the end? I have to continue coz ive started but he has a lot of redeeming to do. I did this in one sitting so it felt like an intro which i feel it is, nothing more. But a good introduction (y) im just peeved i havent got the other book I dont know how to feel about this book? Veryyy confused... First of all Art was creepy/attractive throughout? Then it all came out and i hated him but then i thought hmm but you havent heard everything from him... Then he kinda maybe just almost redeemed himself at the end? I have to continue coz ive started but he has a lot of redeeming to do. I did this in one sitting so it felt like an intro which i feel it is, nothing more. But a good introduction (y) im just peeved i havent got the other books now to get over my hang ups with Art. There better be ALOT of bloody romance and redeeming sweetness from Art in the next one or i will burn the books... Right after i read the third one... All in all im unsure about Art and almost willing to accept him which i guess is good because i feel how Collette is feeling but i dno if i like it. Quite realistic really.

  24. 5 out of 5

    April

    it is a chick book, but its a good book to begin summer with. The story is about a girl, Colette (Coll) who likes a boy Arthur (Art) that she sees at a local swimming center. She accidentally bumps into him and blah blah blah, shes dating him. In the first few chapters her friend talk about sex, but no one has "Dived in." Another thing is, she comes from a mother, who's really femaleness, or in other words think that the world would do better if the world were all female. Coll find herself split it is a chick book, but its a good book to begin summer with. The story is about a girl, Colette (Coll) who likes a boy Arthur (Art) that she sees at a local swimming center. She accidentally bumps into him and blah blah blah, shes dating him. In the first few chapters her friend talk about sex, but no one has "Dived in." Another thing is, she comes from a mother, who's really femaleness, or in other words think that the world would do better if the world were all female. Coll find herself split between her own believes about sex, who Art really is, and if she is becoming like her mom in someway or another. all in all its not a bad book, this happen to also be my first chick flick book, not bad, a little predictable, but not all the way, not a bad book, i do believe that it could have been told in shorter pages thought, lots of filler

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jodie Vivienna

    I got this book free in a magazine when I was a teen. I loved it so much.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Quite enjoyed this. I thought Colette's voice was fairly real and engaging. The plot was a bit predictable and the Moral came through a bit heavily at times, but it was funny and interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. Doubt I will bother with any of the sequels, in which Coll will undoubtedly be forced to dump Art after Realising The Depth of her True Feelings for that other chap, the one she was 'just friends' with who was so kind and funny and amazing, although not as attractive. Quite enjoyed this. I thought Colette's voice was fairly real and engaging. The plot was a bit predictable and the Moral came through a bit heavily at times, but it was funny and interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. Doubt I will bother with any of the sequels, in which Coll will undoubtedly be forced to dump Art after Realising The Depth of her True Feelings for that other chap, the one she was 'just friends' with who was so kind and funny and amazing, although not as attractive.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jayde BEERS

    This book was a good read but I have to say to me it wasn't a phenomenal read. There were some parts that got on my nerves and and left me thinking what the hell is wrong with all these characters. I do plan on reading the next books in this series but it's not a must on my list at the moment. I think with all the contemporary books that are out there now that I have read, this one just didn't live up to my expectations. All in all it is a cute read that discusses many different teen troubles wh This book was a good read but I have to say to me it wasn't a phenomenal read. There were some parts that got on my nerves and and left me thinking what the hell is wrong with all these characters. I do plan on reading the next books in this series but it's not a must on my list at the moment. I think with all the contemporary books that are out there now that I have read, this one just didn't live up to my expectations. All in all it is a cute read that discusses many different teen troubles when it comes to boys and maturing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Fletcher

    The story starts as all good stories do with a boy and a girl.I came apon this as i was looking through the library, and I would reccomend this book to people aged 14 to 18, because it's a chick flick... but i think older people could fing interest in it. All in all its not a bad book, this happen to also be my one of my first chick flick book, not bad, a little predictable, but not all the way, not a bad book, i do believe that it could have been told in shorter pages thought, lots of filler. The story starts as all good stories do with a boy and a girl.I came apon this as i was looking through the library, and I would reccomend this book to people aged 14 to 18, because it's a chick flick... but i think older people could fing interest in it. All in all its not a bad book, this happen to also be my one of my first chick flick book, not bad, a little predictable, but not all the way, not a bad book, i do believe that it could have been told in shorter pages thought, lots of filler.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mack

    It was a bit hard to get in to 'the right groove' in the begining (sorry didn't know how else to express it, I know it sounds corny). But when I really gave it a shot I found myself liking it a lot. Sure I thought Coll was annoying as fudge when she was all "Oh how can HE a super hot god like ME, He is so handsome I don't deserve him" and so on and so on but eventually I could look past that and that's when I started to enjoy the book for real. If you like chick lit and romance give it a shot! It was a bit hard to get in to 'the right groove' in the begining (sorry didn't know how else to express it, I know it sounds corny). But when I really gave it a shot I found myself liking it a lot. Sure I thought Coll was annoying as fudge when she was all "Oh how can HE a super hot god like ME, He is so handsome I don't deserve him" and so on and so on but eventually I could look past that and that's when I started to enjoy the book for real. If you like chick lit and romance give it a shot!

  30. 5 out of 5

    oona

    A fun, quick read. I enjoyed it. You really got to get to know the characters, which I liked. One of my favorite's was Coll's mother. I enjoyed how she really became the hero. I absolutely LOVED the chapter when Coll and her mom went over to Art's place. I really got into all the yelling. :) They should really make an American version, though. Both of my parents are British, so they tend to use the terms seen in this book, but if I hadn't I would probably have to look some of them up. A fun, quick read. I enjoyed it. You really got to get to know the characters, which I liked. One of my favorite's was Coll's mother. I enjoyed how she really became the hero. I absolutely LOVED the chapter when Coll and her mom went over to Art's place. I really got into all the yelling. :) They should really make an American version, though. Both of my parents are British, so they tend to use the terms seen in this book, but if I hadn't I would probably have to look some of them up.

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