Swimming Upstream: The Girl With the Plan (Paperback)

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Swimming Upstream: The Girl With the Plan (Paperback)


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A new beginning, a shared passion, and a forbidden romance.
Alora Paulinis, a shy and artistic 16-year-old girl, moves from Haiti to Boston with her family to support her younger brother's medical treatment. As she struggles to adapt to her new American school and keep up with her studies, she finds solace in her passion for drawing. One day, Alora impulsively redesigns a sloppy pep rally poster, catching the attention of Andy, a popular soccer player who shares her love for the "Crusades of Shadowblaze" novels.

Andy becomes Alora's chemistry tutor and encourages her to pursue her dream of starting an online art business, despite her parents' insistence that she focus solely on her education. As they work together, Alora and Andy grow closer, bonding over their shared interests and dreams. They share a magical first kiss under the stars, and Andy takes Alora on a romantic picnic date.

However, their budding romance is threatened when Alora's younger brother, Dave, is rushed to the hospital with a life-threatening sickle cell anemia crisis. Alora's parents discover her relationship with Andy and forbid her from seeing him, believing that he is a distraction from her studies. Heartbroken, Alora ends things with Andy, feeling that she has no choice but to comply with her parents' wishes.

Amidst the chaos and heartbreak, Alora receives a mysterious text message that she can't quite believe. The story ends on a cliffhanger, leaving readers eager to discover what the message says and how it will impact Alora's life, her relationship with Andy, and her artistic aspirations.

"Swimming Upstream" is a poignant coming-of-age story that explores the challenges of balancing family, love, and personal ambition. With vivid characters, heartfelt moments, and an intriguing plot, this novel is sure to captivate readers and leave them rooting for Alora as she navigates the complexities of growing up and chasing her dreams.
The only question is, which part will derail first?
Product Details ISBN: 9798320477503
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: March 21st, 2024
Pages: 62
Language: English