Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks #5)
by Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 15th 2014
Rate: Enjoyed it (4 stars)
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
In my opinion, all books by Miranda Kenneally are the perfect definition of a great contemporary young adult story that makes the reader smile after finishing it and wanting more. Breathe, Annie, Breathe is no different than the other Hundred Oaks books; it's the perfect YA read for this summer and one you do not want to miss.
Annie is a girl that tries to run to escape the past, the guilt and the hurt of her boyfriend's death. Hunted by the "what if", she's training to run a marathon in his honor, so you can get an idea what theme Ms. Kenneally focused on this time. It's absolutely crazy what we can learn from Annie and his training and preparation. You have an insight to the sports life from the perspective of Annie and is beyond realistic and impressive.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe holds a lot of emotions that I was expecting just by reading the synopsis of the book. But no one prepared me for the full height of them all. There's a good dose of drama, a lot of getting through a rough past and learning to stop running and there's also time to new relationships.
What helped to get me hooked to this story from the very first page? The amazingly built characters, their personality and their imperfections that gave a realistic touch to everything on the story bringing Annie's story to life before my eyes. I liked that you couldn't forget a single character from this story (even the secondary ones) because everyone had their moment in the story and it was memorable.
As for those readers who do not like love at first sight, this is definitely your story. Annie and Jeremiah have a friendship in which he tries to support her and comfort her, even in the hardest and messiest moments. Jeremiah's there and that support and friendship leads to something incredibly worth reading about and being a witness of it.
I am definitely a Hundred Oaks fan and I am fascinated by Ms. Kenneally's work. I think she writes stories full of emotion, realistic and is as if she can read the mind of dozen teenager and with that create unforgivable characters and emotional stories.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe is one of them and it shows us that sometimes running from our pain, hurt and guilt is not the solution and even though it might seem impossible finding love in our darkest moments is possible. And this is why this book is one of my favorite YA reads of this year and why I am recommend it to every YA fan.
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.
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