Saturday, October 17, 2015

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally [REVIEW]

TITLE: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
(Hundred Oaks #5)

AUTHOR: Miranda Kenneally
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
PUB DATE: Jul 15 2014
Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

- Source: Goodreads


"Is life one big long what if?"

I couldn't imagine myself in Annie's shoes. Losing the one you love that much... I don't even want to think about it. Even with all the snappy remarks, I still find her strong with the way she handled her grief. Her devotion to do something to remember Kyle by is indeed admirable.

"A boy should fit into your life - not become it. High school is when you start to define yourself. Don't define yourself as the girl who has a boyfriend and nothing else."

You gotta love Annie's mom. Or at least I did. I think that was probably one of my biggest regrets in high school. I was so eager to grow up and fall in love that I missed out on a lot of things I could have experienced with girl friends. The times when I was single were the few times I had shared the most memorable moments with friends. Sure, there's drama among friends but it was all fun and exciting all the same.

One of the things I look forward to when reading a book from the Hundred Oaks series is the appearances of the characters from the previous books. For some reason it makes me feel nostalgic and happy. Too bad Parker didn't make an appearance though, she's my favorite. Still, knowing that Kate and Matt from Things I Can't Forget are moving forward with their relationship just makes me feel all fluttery inside.

Is it just me or are this books getting sexier? What?! They are. And I like it. Nevertheless, this is what I like about reading YA with intimate moments [rather than the raw Adult type, although I like that too], it's not just about sexy times, there's the thrill and excitement along with a mix of fear about doing something so intimate with someone. Also it shows the sense of responsibility for both sides when it comes to these matters.

Miranda Kenneally's Breathe, Annie, Breathe is a another fantastic edition to the Hundred Oaks books. It's absolutely inspiring and full of hope.

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