Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky

Synopsis: Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match.

Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A’s and solid friends, he’s only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind.

But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself.

Review: This cover is sublime and the synopsis made me want to discover the story!

This is the first novel I read in the swim context and especially about diving but I think it was something very interesting. This is how we discover the captain, Theo Mackey, upset by his past. His mother died in a fire and his father also died shortly after. So yes, diving is everything for him, especially when you know that he lives with an alcoholic grandfather, but with the support of a friend and an uncle who is not really his uncle. Yet his life is going to be completely upset down when a project at school forces him to immerse himself in family history. He probably did not expect so many revelations!

I found that the ideas in this novel were very interesting and original and I was not expecting this paranormal little side behind the story. Theo is determined to find out who his mother was and to find the memories he thought were lost so far. Yet that’s also what will make him take another look at the people around him.

Yes, it was an interesting reading, different from what I expected and I’m curious to read more about the author!

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