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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Wood Street Publishing (June 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615581927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615581927
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,999 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --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. 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

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Customer Reviews

I fell in love with Emma, Sara and Evan.
Cathy Rushing
You don't read a book like this and get emotionally invested in the main character and her story only to have it end so abruptly.
bookaddictga
I was feeling all the characters emotions!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

205 of 215 people found the following review helpful By A. Lennon on June 18, 2011
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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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107 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 3, 2011
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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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105 of 121 people found the following review helpful By littleboysmom on July 8, 2011
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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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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Maras1ofakind on March 2, 2012
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From reading the other reviews on here, I was expecting a book I couldn't put down and was very disappointed. It wasn't awful, but it definitely wasn't great either. While she did a good job describing the incidents of abuse, everything else about the book was too wordy and descriptive. I found myself skimming over a lot of the "background info". The dialogue between characters was stiff and didn't seem at all like how real teenagers would talk to each other. I couldn't relate with the characters at all, and found myself thinking "this is so fake" or "this is never how teenagers would act at a party" the entire time. I don't usually write reviews on here, but I felt that I needed to warn because of all the other outstanding reviews the book received for those (like me) who base their purchases on good reviews.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Reading Addict on November 23, 2011
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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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