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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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. Out of Breath is the stunning finale in this series. She lives in a small town in Massachusetts, USA. www.facebook.com/thebreathingserieswww.rebeccadonovan.com@BeccaDonovan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,826 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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228 of 238 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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117 of 131 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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117 of 133 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marcela on October 19, 2013
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The story is ok. Just like any other romantic novel. However -despite the reviews; and already knowing the ambivalent ending- I decided to give it a chance and read the book.
Was it the smartest decision? NO IT WASN'T. I just have to say that the ending was not even worth the hours it took me to read the whole book.... a cheesy ending would've been a thousand times better.
If you find yourself in the same position as I did, trying to decide whether to read it or not..... Seriously... DON'T.
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31 of 34 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By barb kunkel on January 3, 2014
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Terrible book and ridiculous ending just to make you buy the next one. I do not recommend this at all.
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