My super addictive YA contemporary reading streak is STILL GOING – Breathe, Annie, Breathe was a quick one-night read that I loved.
Book Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Title & Author: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Series: Hundred Oaks book
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
How I Got the Book: Bought
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.”
Another Awesome YA Contemporary
I’m on a roll with contemporaries. To think I spent so long separated from these fantastic books.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe is another book I read in one sitting – from the early evening into the early morning. (I paid for that the next day, but it was totally worth it!)
You know how exercise and running blogs are popular now? Where bloggers do a Couch to 5k type program and document their progress, challenges and triumphs along the way?
Breathe, Annie, Breathe is kind of like that only there’s an additional layer of heartache and romantic tension. I became so invested in the characters, and I enjoyed the realism of the story.
Annie deals with the death of her longtime boyfriend, who she had a fight with right before he passed away. Deciding to run a marathon in his honor, she trains with a running coach to endure one of the toughest challenges she’s ever faced.
I loved Annie’s determination and drive. She was a really relatable character, and I appreciated her setbacks, physical and emotional. It all made me like her. I know that’s not a requisite to enjoy a book, but for me personally, it’s a huge bonus.
Also, I might even qualify Breathe, Annie, Breathe as borderline new adult. Annie graduates high school and starts college over the course of the novel. Plus, there are some definite…umm mature situations that take place (i.e. sexy times), so be prepared for that.
Jeremiah is just about the cutest, and I loved his energy and quirks. Due to the sexy times and the situation between Jeremiah and Annie, you might think that Jeremiah is a womanizer or a jerk…and yet, he’s kind of a great guy. I thought the portrayal of his own struggles was interesting and was so thankful he wasn’t a obligatory bad boy rebound.
BONUS: If you hate running like I do but do it anyway cuz of trying to be healthy, then you will enjoy Annie’s complaints and snark. Running, why do you have to be a terrible yet efficient way to exercise?!
SECOND BONUS: Breathe, Annie, Breathe is part of a series of companion books called Hundred Oaks. The novels are set in the same location and high school, but don’t follow a traditional sequel format. I’m adding a ton to my TBR, and in particular I’ve heard great things about Catching Jordan. Can’t wait!
It’s simple: this book is awesome. It was impossible to put down, and I wanted more the second I finished the story. You will feel all the things, I promise you. The plot, pacing and characters were all fantastic. Breathe, Annie, Breathe should definitely be a YA contemporary book that you strongly consider reading!