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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; Reprint edition (October 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595141863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595141866
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,993,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Nelson's incandescent writing...transfixes the reader." -Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

R.A. Nelson is the author of Teach Me, called "worthy of acclaim" (Kirkus Reviews), "exhilarating and terrifying" (Horn Book Newcomer’s Pick), and a "standout debut. . . not to be missed" (VOYA). His work in support of the space program earned one of NASA’s highest honors, the Silver Snoopy Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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R.A. Nelson is the author of the novels Teach Me, Breathe My Name, Days of Little Texas, and Throat. He was chosen a Horn Book Newcomer and his books have been nominated to the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults list and recognized by the Parents' Choice Awards, the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list, Booksense Kid Picks, the Miami Herald Best Books of the Year, teenreads.com Best Books of the year, and others. Nelson is also published in Germany and Hungary. He lives with his family in Alabama and works at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Nelson is a recipient of NASA's prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for "outstanding support provided to the Space Shuttle program." Teach Me has been optioned by Protagonist Films for a feature film. Check out his website at http://www.ranelsonbooks.com/.

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Just like any normal person would do.
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It's an excellent book, until the ending, where it becomes simply a very good book.
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The characters were very three-dimensional and honest.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Olivier on February 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Much of the current YA fiction seems to be depressing and morbid and while this book certainly fits both those descriptions, it is also well-written and hopeful.
I enjoyed the subtlety in which Frances releases herself from her emotional prison; smothering is an underlying topic not only because of the past she shares with her mother and dead sisters, but because of her smothering adoptive family and the way she smothers her own emotions. It's very easy for the reader to feel Frances' growth as she breaks free of her past, her present and herself.
The trip she takes to confront her mother, her father, her memories, is poignant and memorable and while some of the scenes between her and her hero/savior/love-interest are a bit contrived, they are not unbelievable. The thee main teens are interesting and play well off each other. For much of the novel, Frances doesn't display much personality, nor does she seem very self-aware. Her best friend is the opposite and serves to show strength and confidence, as does the mysterious new boy who helps her save herself.
I was really taken with the book up until the end. Once Frances makes it to the safe-house where her mother is being kept, it seemed that the book becomes the screenplay for an episode of Scooby-Doo; the appearance of a nefarious villain, who wouldn't have been out of place in saying, "And it would have worked, too, had it not been for you meddling child!", bordered on the ridiculous. The book could have ended in the mental ward and that would have made sense to end on a note of hope, love and redemption, but it seems the author wanted Frances to have a little more closure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Block VINE VOICE on April 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The premise of this book was fine: the mother whose lost touch with reality, the children who pay along with her fantasy, the teenage girl who is trying to understand what happened to her. The reality of it all was predictable; but then the story comes to a ridiculous head at the end of the book, which turned the entire thing into a disappointment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Biblibio VINE VOICE on March 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Breathe My Name" may just well get readers with the half creepy half intriguing cover - the name written into a sort of fog/steam. It's pretty cool, but also has a creepy vibe to it.

That's a good way to describe the book itself. "Breathe My Name" has a really intriguing setting. The chilling concept of killing one's own children through insanity is disturbing but also very real. Nelson handles this difficult topic almost easily, creating a well-written book with a series of realistic and different characters whose interactions with each other are vivid and accurate to reality.

"Breathe My Name" is the kind of book that is impossible to put down. So clear your afternoon. It's a book that makes you think, makes your brain itch, and makes your eyes hurt from straining them late in the night. It's suspenseful and at times frightening, not with gross deeds, but rather with psychological ones.

I liked Frances' emotional development. I liked that she wasn't always ready for things and didn't just deal with everything handily as it came. I liked how each character was so individual and special, all balancing the others out. France's voice is clear and believable, the love story is not overdone, and the plot is well-spaced.

The only part that I perhaps liked least of all was the ending. I felt that compared to such a strong book, it was somewhat weak. Nelson certainly could have strengthened the ending with just a bit more writing, just a bit more discussion, just a bit more emotion, but ultimately, the reader is left with very strong positive feelings.

This is an interesting book about mental illnesses and dealing with traumatic pasts. Nelson's writing is really great, the plot never stops, and the characters are all well-made.
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Format: Hardcover
Words cannot express how much I loved this book. It was eerie and horrifying...and totally realistic. My heart aches for Frances. She receives a letter from her mother and takes off on a road trip to find her to see what she really means by the letter. This is easily one of the most disturbing books I've read in awhile.

The flashbacks to Frances' childhood have this surreal feel to them. It's fantastic. In the present time, it was amazing how strong of a person she had become despite her early childhood experiences. Ones that would send most people into a very, very dark and twisted place that they couldn't escape. A place she's questioning to see if whether it is inside of her or not. Just like any normal person would do. Nix, her boyfriend, is so cutely protective of her. I loved it.
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Format: Hardcover
By simple luck Frances was saved that day from being suffocated by her mother. She is now almost an adult, very insecure and soft-spoken. Her adoptive parents are awesome and her new boyfriend is quirky.It's obvious she's attracted to him for his ability to connect with people. She soon finds out that his brother is autistic and his home-life requires this special attention to people others just don't understand. So this makes him kind of a weirdo to others in the school. But Frances feels an instant connection. She seems to only have one best friend who is very outgoing and encourages Frances to explore life more.

I really enjoyed this story. Enough intrigue and development it kept the story rolling. Anticipation building throughout the book as she gets closer to finding out all the answers about her past, and what it really is her mother is trying to finish. Developing the story into Frances' nervous behavior, her unwilling to trust most people and slowly learning the answers to her past and how they can help her form a better future.
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