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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477665412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477665411
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,644 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Raw, honest, unflinching, and unforgiving, Barely Breathing will take your emotions for a ride and deliver an ending you didn't see coming Tracey Garvis-Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Donovan has been a writer most of her life, but has just recently been deemed an author. Her debut novels, Reason to Breathe, and its sequel Barely Breathing, have resonated with readers around the world. Rebecca is currently working on the third and final installment of the Breathing Series, Out of Breath.She lives in a small town in Massachusetts, USA. www.facebook.com/thebreathingseries www.rebeccadonovan.com @BeccaDonovan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Rebecca Donovan is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the highly-acclaimed New Adult trilogy, The Breathing Series, with novels: Reason to Breathe, Barely Breathing, and Out of Breath. Her latest release -the standalone New Adult novel What If -released in ebook in September 2014 and the paperback is slated for January 2015.

She is currently writing The Burning Series, a spin-off trilogy from The Breathing Series, focused on the life of character Jonathan Reese.

Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Missouri -Columbia and lives in a quiet town in Massachusetts with her son. Excited by all that makes life possible, she is a music enthusiast and is willing to try just about anything once.

Visit Rebecca's Websites: www.rebeccadonovan.com and whatif.rebeccadonovan.com
Twitter: @beccadonovan
Facebook: /rebeccadonovanauthor
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Customer Reviews

Very well written with great character development.
Danielle Lynn
Read the first two books in less than 3 days...now I'm dreading the next two weeks waiting for the third!!!!
Amanda
Well written book - made me laugh out loud as well as a roller coaster of emotions.
bernzie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

89 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Another Anonymous Person on May 13, 2012
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I wanted to hit a few somebodies upside the head with a shovel while I was reading this book - just wanted to point that out. It was breathtakingly well written and a beautiful story, but I just wanted smack some people around and tell them to get the heck out of the story because they were ruining EVERYTHING. I was pretty p-ed off. But then again I laughed, and I snorted, and I talked to the characters (like a weird-o; thank goodness I'd been reading it in my bedroom) and, when I finished, I blubbered like I had my first break up. I could literally feel my heart breaking when I finished (but then again, it was 3am....). At the end of the first book (Reason To Breathe) I was mute. Depressed. I didn't know what to think, nor say. I was speechless. My grandma and her friend joked that they needed to take me to therapy or something. When I read something, I'm highly affected by its outcome and its emotion. And then when I finished this book.... I just didn't want to talk, nor acknowledge anybody the next day.
All I can say is, thank god there's a third book coming, and Rebecca Donovan, you are a true artist with words.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By KT on May 2, 2012
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I just recently read Reason to Breath, so I only had to wait one week to get my hands on Barley Breathing, but it was a LONG week! It was well worth the wait though. I loved the story and felt myself get even more involved with the charters though out the book.

I have to say one of the things I like the best, is how messed up Emma is! I found myself getting so frustrated with some of the choices that she made, but they all make sense, considering how her life has been. So often in stories, characters will live though horrendous situations only to come out perfect and well adjusted at the end. Emma's dysfunction is part of what makes her so believable and likeable to me. I also loved Even is this story. His responses and reactions were also very believable. He got made and frustrated at all the right times.

I disagree with others, who have said it was another cliff hanger ending. It left me wanting more, and anxious to see where the next book will take everyone, but we were not left hanging like the first one, so don't worry. You may not like how things are left at the end, but it is wrapped up

I think these books would make a great TV series. As I was reading, I could almost see where each episode would end, leaving you on the edge of your seat until the next week, and the season finales would leave everyone dying until the next season!

I can't wait for the next book!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JJJG on August 16, 2012
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I first want to say this is a good book but I just couldn't enjoy it like I wanted to. It was too intense for me and I spent most of the book angry because Emma's choices were pissing me off at every turn. I was hoping after spending most of the book angry that I would get a happy ending to be able to end the book not being so mad. lol Well the end sucks and its not a happy ending so I just have a bad taste in my mouth all around and I kind of regret even reading it.
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful By ToniroTTen on November 19, 2012
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To avoid sounding redundant, I'll give my take on both books here...
Let me start by saying, Out of Breath is basically a story all about high school life- the classes, the activities and the inevitable drama. Boring drama. A lot of rich kid parties and constant rumors swirling (probably because the kids are just as bored as I was while reading this book). There IS violent abuse spread throughout, but its fleeting and the main character, Emma, spends more time talking about how afraid she is OF her aunt's wrath, than how she feels in the aftermath of each attack. Her lack of will to help herself is pretty infuriating ....and that does not a strong heroine make.
Barely Breathing picks up with Emma already submerged into her new life without the *physical* abuse. Its another boring, drawn out mess! By the end of this book, you'll be picturing your own hands around Emma's neck, strangling the life out of her. I don't think I've ever come across such a weak, helpless, 'poor me' character. She's tough to like and/or root for. She second guesses every decision, she puts others before her to the point where she allows it to interfere with the future she had worked so hard for. I really got the impression that since she escaped from hell house, she no longer had goals to work towards. I know this wasn't the case, but she just stopped trying/caring. Again... hard to root for. :\

Spoiler- The end didn't bother me at all. Emma and Evan didn't have a believable connection, or one that the author put enough time in to build. Evan was written off as on vacation or spending entirely too much time with a female friend of his for about 85% of this book. How could you really be upset by that?
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Dripps on December 31, 2012
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I have never reviewed a book, but after finishing last night, I felt I needed to. Let me first say that I love this series and am a huge fan of Rebecca Donovan, but I think she failed to deliver with "Barely Breathing". Although this is not a review for "Reason to Breathe", I feel that RTB was much more thought out and an altogether better story line. I felt it was completely believable, other than Evan's random move across country, but I realize why she had to make him disappear for a while. RTB had such raw emotion, with a well-thought out plot and the perfect cliff hanger ending that left you begging for more. We saw fantastic character development with Emma and fell in love with her relationship with Evan.

That being said... I was hugely disappointed with BB. I read every teaser Donovan gave and anticipated where the story would go. Little did I know, it was going nowhere close to what I had envisioned. I was disappointed, initially, with the fact that the story picks up about 6 months after the attack. I wanted to badly to go through the healing with her. I wanted to see how relationships would change. I wanted to know the reactions people had when they found out. I wanted to sit next to her in the courtroom. We got absolutely nothing but a vague account from Evan near the end of the story.

My major gripe with this book, however, was the lack of any type of plot development. There were so many story lines that seemed so suspenseful, but went absolutely nowhere. For example, I thought Analise would have a pivotal role in this book. So much led up to there being more going on between her and Evan, but that story line ended with her giving up and telling Emma not to break his heart?? And what about Drew?
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