Title: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Series: Hundred Oaks, #5
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: Sourcebooks Fire, July 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: received a copy from publisher
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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.
Read an excerpt here.
Previous Books in the Hundred Oak Series:
A story about learning to love again, Breathe, Annie, Breathe explores the pain of guilt and shame of an eighteen-year-old and how her life transforms as she comes to terms with herself.
Annie didn’t think she could ever forget Kyle. To honor his memory, she started preparing for the marathon he intended to race. Since Annie believed she played a role in Kyle’s death, she had a hard time accepting herself as a trustworthy, lovable person. And when she started having feelings for her running coach’s younger brother (Jeremiah), she believed she must neglect her heart’s desire in order to keep honoring her love for Kyle. Could she run away from her feelings?
To be honest, I found Annie self-critical and at times, overly harsh on herself. I guess an uneasy childhood shaped her to be strong and responsible but she felt inadequate in so many different ways. Her inner conflicts felt real and I think a lot of us can relate to her perception about school, friendship, work and life.
I liked Annie’s focus and determination. It’s not an easy thing for anyone to go through the death of a loved one. In the story, Annie had her moments of ups and downs. She felt helpless as she could not control what others thought about the death of Kyle or what she had to come to terms with when Kyle passed. She wanted to do something she felt she was capable of but running was not something she had liked since she was little. And when she decided she’d sign up for the marathon, she had no idea what challenges she might face during her preparation. Her struggles were very realistically portrayed and while it’s unpleasant watching her suffer in agony, I learned to admire her level of endurance as well as tenacity.
I liked her relationship with Jeremiah. It wasn’t something fanciful but I liked that they both challenged each other to leave their comfort zone in order to feel alive again. I particularly loved the moment when they confessed their true feelings at the hospital. It’s a moment of grace that helps me realize why honesty and love are so crucially powerful in our everyday lives.
I also liked that we got to see characters from previous books in the series. It’s great to see the positive impacts they made and their appearances offered some hearty laughs that helped to counterbalance the sobering tone in some of the passages of the book.
If you’ve enjoyed reading other books from the Hundred Oaks series, you’ll love the banter and connection between Annie and Jeremiah. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Breathe, Annie, Breathe or enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a signed copy.
About the Author
- End Date: July 29th, 2014
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