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Reason To Breathe (The Breathing Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Donovan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,738 customer reviews)

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Book Description

USA Today Bestselling Novel

"No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?"

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection—pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth―at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

One girl’s story of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and her precarious grasp of hope: Reason to Breathe is the first installment of the acclaimed Breathing Series.


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    "When hope is a fragile thread, love is a miracle." —Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author of Easy

    "Emotionally intense and heart-achingly beautiful, Reason to Breathe will linger in your thoughts long after you turn the last page." —Tracey Garvis-Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island

    About the Author

    Rebecca Donovan is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the highly-acclaimed New Adult trilogy, The Breathing Series. Her novels include: Reason to Breathe, Barely Breathing, and the eagerly-anticipated conclusion of the series, Out of Breath.

    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 Website: www.rebeccadonovan.com
    Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @beccadonovan
    Follow The Breathing Series on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebreathingseries


    Product Details

    • File Size: 1022 KB
    • Print Length: 466 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147781714X
    • Publisher: Skyscape (June 4, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00B52IQNA
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    227 of 237 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This book really surprised me as I was expecting a quick story about young love. The writing was superb and the character building was so artfully achieved that I was almost shocked at how much I felt for the main character and her friends. I am not someone who typically cries while reading a sad story or even laughs out loud, but I found myself actually sobbing at some points and grinning from ear to ear at others. It was almost an educational experience for me as well regarding domestic abuse from a child's point of view. Other books I've read with a domestic violence theme gloss over details and give an adult female's viewpoint, so although this story was even more heartbreaking it was also very eye opening.

    I won't spoil this gripping story for you but I have to ask why we are allowed to invest so much in this character only to be robbed of any closure? There was a definite 'you decide the ending' vibe from the Epilogue which frustrated me immensely, but her web site[....] reveals that a sequel is in the works.

    **My advice is to read this book at home and not at the doctor's office. It is very emotional and if you are like me, you don't want to start bawling your eyes out in the waiting room.
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    117 of 130 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read July 3, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Okay, so I read the other reviews and people were obviously upset by the ending of the book. So I assumed I would also be upset by the ending. Let me just say this - REBECCA DONOVAN IS A GENIOUS!

    She set this book up perfectly to go into a sequel. It ends on a cliff hanger. I absolutely loved this book. I hope the books go on for eternity. It makes you hate and it makes you cheer. It makes you love and it makes you feel heartbreak. This book also makes you think about Emma's situation. This happens everyday somewhere. I cringed every time Emma had to go home just because I was afraid Carol might be around.

    Please people, give this book a chance and look out for the sequal for which I will be waiting with baited breath.
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    117 of 133 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! July 8, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    First off, let me say that I have never felt the desire to write a review on here. That being said, I HAD to review this book! Being a survivor of child abuse, the premise interested me right away. The author does get it right. I know for someone who has never lived this, you may think Emma was stupid and she should have just told someone right away and the abuse would stop. But as a child, who has been conditioned by fear, you are literally paralyzed. My heart was wrenching through the whole story as Emma struggled to be a normal teenager. The ending was open ended and I know that left many feeling unsatisfied, but I am hopeful. Just buy the book! The story is haunting, heartbreaking and beautiful. It needs to be told. Congrats to the author, and I look forward to the next one.
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    31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.... November 23, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I read roughly a book a day, sometimes more, however I have yet to write a review. This book made me sit up and turn on the computer.
    I absolutely loved this book. It was interesting, well written and it made me cry, laugh and smile. Not an easy task. It was thought provoking, yet it also managed to explain enough about where Emma's emotions were coming from that even in a situation, that would normally be beyond my understanding, I felt like I was apart of the story, I understood where she was coming from. I cried when Emma did and wanted to shake her when she continued to disillusion herself about her situation.
    This book is one of the ones that has continued to haunt me. I read it almost 6 months ago and have probably read it 5 times or more since. Emma's story stayed with me, it was realistic and horrific in such a way that I was left contemplating her situaton. What she could have done differently, when Evan and Sarah should have stepped in, was Carol crazy or just mean?... What was best for Carol's kids?....Was George really that blind?..... I still don't know, but that, to me, is what makes this story so amazing. Life is rarely cut and dry, right or wrong, black or white. Even a piece of paper has 6 sides (the 4 edges, mathmatically they count), and this book highlighted that. Just when I was sure Emma should have acted differently, she had a reasonable explanation as to why she didn't act. She convinced herself that she could handle the situaton, just like a teenager does. I'm a teenager, and I have yet to meet any teenager who knows exactly what to do at any given moment, that is part of growing up and living, and this story really captures that.
    So thank you Rebecca Donovan, I cannot wait for the sequal to come out (put us out of our misery!!!), I now judge most, if not all, of my other YA books based on what you wrote. I hope you continue writing!!!
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    25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    There is some language and situations in this book that I would recommend for mature teens only. That being said, the verbal and physical abuse is a dark subject matter. Aunt Carol is a crazy psycho who goes to great lengths to make Emma's life a living hell. She tries to poison her, cuts her hand, bangs her head against walls. Meanwhile the Uncle and kids seem totally oblivious to the abuse going on.

    There are also weekly underage drinking and hook-up parties. I kept asking myself, "where are these kids parents?"

    Evan meets Emma and finds her...interesting...and pursues her even though she acts as if she can't be bothered. And then she is bothered by the attention he is giving her. She decides that they can be friends, then changes her mind several times. I felt like saying to her, "Make up your mind!" (Gosh, I hope I wasn't this spastic when I was 16.)

    Evan and Emma decide to just be friends, hook up with other people, Evan leaves for three months, and comes back. They both realize that they love each other. They almost consummate their love, but get interrupted.

    Then when Emma is finally convinced that she cannot live with her Aunt and Uncle anymore, even thought the Uncle said things would be different, she decides to stay just one more night. She wakes up the next morning shackled, with duct tape on her mouth and her Aunt sitting on her chest with a pillow ready to suffocate her.

    And that's how the book ends. I am not interested in reading book two. The characters were so hollow that I honestly don't care what happens to them next.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading. The first book reason to breath kept ...
    Excellent reading. The first book reason to breath kept my interest throughout the book. Reading the second book, barely breathing. So far just as good.
    Published 2 hours ago by bernie johnson
    5.0 out of 5 stars So good!
    Wow! What a surprise this series turned out to be. A captivating read! I read all 3 books in under a week because I couldn't put it down. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Julie O'Connor
    4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
    Captivating story, can't wait for the next one. Ending was a cliffhanger but all the more exocrine for the next book.
    Published 1 day ago by nrowland
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    So many feelings are felt while reading this...
    Published 1 day ago by Bree
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
    Couldn't put it down. I started reading this book two days ago and before I new it I was done! AMAZING
    Published 1 day ago by Amichelle
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Kept me awake a few nights...the ending took me by surprise!
    Published 1 day ago by Kathy Semales
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    Did not enjoy
    Published 1 day ago by Martha Jo Shilling
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Beautifully written & troubling
    Published 1 day ago by Susan Hoaglund
    5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want the book to end.
    Didn't want the story to end. You want her to survive and be able to find trust and learn to accept the love in front of her.
    Published 1 day ago by Kittie
    1.0 out of 5 stars Breathe
    I read the whole book, felt like I stumbled upon a teenager love story and life's shattering heart break. Did not enjoy
    Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
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    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
    Instagram: rebeccadonovanauthor

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