Just Remember to Breathe (The Thompson Sisters Book 4) Kindle Edition
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This man is pure genius. I was caught up in the pages of this story right away.
What Dylan went through broke my heart. How he described his feelings and experiences disintegrated what was left of it.
How Alex loved the new man he had become as much and if not more so than the boy she loved before his tour.
This book had me cry, laugh and think about all the soldiers who place their life on the line for our freedom. I thought of all their families, their loved ones who worry for them during tour and after.
Charles Sheehan-Miles brought all those feelings to the surface for me in a beautiful love story.
I love you Charles, Thank you.
Honestly, check this book out. You wont regret it!
This delightful book, "Just Remember to Breathe," is written by a careful storyteller AND writer. It was simply wonderful. I like that the main characters think, are motivated, are aware of the world around them (in both the parochial and catholic senses) are intelligent (and not merely in an academic way, although that's a plus, too), that our lead female, Alex, has a spine, a heart, a brain. She is sad and does need (+ receives) help, but she is also a helper, and she rescues others, too: she's not merely the damsel in distress. Our male lead, Dylan, feels really fleshed-out to me -- granted, I'm not a young man, never been in war, but he didn't feel at all stereotypical to me, what someone would imagine a teen reader would dream of in a young man (because I doubt it would be Dylan).
I also liked that many of the supporting characters have issues, seem real, felt developed but not in a steal-the-spotlight kind of way; they left me wanting me more, curious how their stories would unfold. There were some exceptions, notably Alex's parents, to whom characteristics were ascribed which didn't feel quite genuine to me. But that's it, that's my quibble.
I'm clearly not writing much about the story itself as there are other wonderful reviews here which do just that. But for readers like me, erudite, exacting while wanting to be lulled into a different world, "Just Remember to Breathe" is a fine book, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
Other YA I'd recommend:
"Dash & Lily's Book of Dares" by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
"Easy" by Tammara Webber
"Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" by Morgan Matson
"Flat-Out Love" by Jessica Park
"Crash" by Nicole Williams
"Slammed" by Colleen Hoover
"The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
"Back to You" by Priscilla Glenn
And what happened to the male authors lately? A month ago I was only reading books written by female authors, and then I got my hands on Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard - which I totally loved and praised daily for the past month - and now is Charles Sheehan-Miles.
His story is... pure awesomeness! The writing style actually engraves the scenes into your mind. Magnificent, intense, full of emotion scenes that will haunt your dreams as if you've seen them for real! I've never experienced something so powerful while reading a book before! Maybe it's the story, or the characters...I don't know, but it's amazing none the less!
Alex and Dylan were always on different sides of the world, except for the two months they spent in Israel. That's how they met: a trip to yet another corner of the world that brought them together. They never actually say it in the story, but I know it was love at first sight. It must have been, even if Dylan knows from the first moment that she's way out of his league.
But those two months were short, and soon the both of them had to return back down to the earth with a bang. To say that they had a rough relationship after that, it's putting it mildly.
Years later, they meet again and all the pain, the anger, the full realization of who and what they are, and especially of what they've done to each other and to the rest of the world hit them hard.
You'll love the characters, all of them. Alex and Dylan complete each other. He fights to overcome his own personal Hell for her, and she's always there to lift him up when he's falling, even if he doesn't want her to be. Nevertheless, they both have amazing friends who help them make the right decisions.
"Dylan, I whispered. Stop.
He didn't even hear me. So I did the only thing I could think of. I put my arms around him, right around his chest, and buried my face against his back, and I cried out, as loud as I could, "Dylan, please stop! Please don't hurt yourself! I love you!"
This novel is what I call a perfect book! Any tiny issues I must have had with the characters or the dialogues while reading it are long gone from my mind. And I finished it a couple of days ago, so I guess I forgot them instantly, or never had them, to begin with.
Just Remember to Breathe is a story about true love that can survive any storm, about what family does to you sometimes, about blame and forgiveness. Choosing to read and review it was one of the best decisions I've made lately!
"When I'm ninety, I want you to tell me that it's my turn to ask you a question, and if that miracle happens, then my question is going to be, Do you still love me? and I hope that the answer will still be yes."