- File Size: 2557 KB
- Print Length: 297 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01D7ZEVK4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Learning to Breathe Kindle Edition
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This isn't your typical romance novel, but it is soooo romantic. The romance-plot line is semi-taboo, and it's not something I've ever seen done before, but it's done incredibly well here. I think my favorite part of the book is the characters. They felt so real and fleshed out. They aren't perfect, they're flawed and confused. It was great seeing Bree's growth and how she changes throughout the story as she comes to terms with her fiancee's death. And LUKE! OMG Luke is amazing. What a great love interest. He's not the alpha male (that I'm quite frankly getting sick of seeing) that's all over romance novels these days. He's patient and amazing and totally my new book boyfriend!
Read this book, you won't regret it!! <3
Bree has strong negative feelings against God (and specifically Christianity & Judaism are explored). It isn't exactly clear why she has such a hard time with religion before, but others desire to find platitudes after the death of her fiancé strengthen her frustration with faith.
I thought her journey to fight her way through depression & find a way to keep going after Carl's death were well explored. And I appreciated that even the people Bree wanted to cast as villains were given an opportunity to be 3 dimensional characters.
Lopez hit the trifecta of a good novel: an entertaining, well-paced plot; engaging, dynamic characters; and moments of absolutely gorgeous prose. It is easy to fall in love with Bree and Luke. They are interesting, hilarious, broken, conflicted, flawed, and confused. You root for them but at the same time, the challenge of finding a way through their awkwardness and shared grief makes for a story that is hard to put down. The sexual tension is honed to such an exquisitely sharp point that by the time it reached its climax, the need for release as the reader is almost physically palpable.
This is a story of how real life and love happens. Our journeys are messy, indirect, and imperfectly timed - full of doubts, disappointments and disasters. If we're lucky though, you find companionship and hope in a few fellow travelers. And that makes all the difference.
What can I say about this book besides I loved it? Lopez has such a way with words that she made me pause to ponder what she had just written. Over and over again.
The plot is one that I've read it before, but it was anything but predictable. Even when I knew what was going to happen, she still threw me off. Each page with a treasure, and it makes me sad that I'll never experience it for the first time again. It was a pleasure to see inside Bree's head, even when it was heartbreaking.