Just Remember to Breathe (The Thompson Sisters Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Dylan and Alex are extremely intelligent people. The problem is a love affair gone awry and they meet up yet again at Columbia University through their work study program. I really enjoyed the first POV narrative from both characters and can I say how refreshing it is that a man wrote this? Some women just don't seem to get the way men think but Mr. Sheehan-Miles, being a man, digs deep into the heart of Dylan's feelings for Alex. He does an equally impressive job with delving into Alex's feelings for Dylan.
This story is beautiful because it is written well-steeped in reality. Dylan is also a veteran and survived severe trauma (both physical, mental and psychological) while stationed in Afghanistan. This was beautifully woven into the story because behind all the rhetoric of war, we sometimes forget the men and women fighting for our freedom in these far off places are much younger than we are (I'm in my thirties and it is reminiscent of the Eminem song where he proclaims: "I'm 27 -- they're gonna take you before they take me!"). And it is true. This badly damaged man is barely in his early twenties and we see the hell he goes through to try to get his body back into working order, how he complains about his lack of memory and how there are "holes" and how he just forgets certain words and phrases because of what he suffered.
I could rehash the plot but this is a story to be read and it will stay with you long after you have finished the last page on your Kindle reader. I still think about the real Dylans' out there and hope most of them can find the redemption this one finally receives because in the end, that is what this book is about: redemption, pride, forgiveness, and above all, a hope that humanity isn't lost and when we think life is completely hopeless, sometimes it throws us a curve ball to help us remember what is really important about life.
Bravo, I can't celebrate this story more than it has already been celebrated but I can say it comes highly recommended and encourage both those New Adult and not so new to give this novel a chance because it will touch your heart in a way few books written these days do. Bravo, Mr. Sheehan-Miles, and please write MORE New Adult fiction. This genre needs you desperately!
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