- Series: The Breathing Series (Book 3)
- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: Skyscape (July 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477817182
- ISBN-13: 978-1477817186
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,139 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What was with the POV change in the book I hated it. It came out of nowhere and was distracting.
*******SPOILERS DO NOT READ IF YOU PLAN ON READING BOOK 3*****
How does Emma keep cutting off people that way with no COMMUNICATION.
It's one thing to have misunderstandings but between Emma and Sara not speaking to Jared and Evan this juvenile OK then I get that.
I actually liked how the character Emma develops in the beginning she is just like her mother in many ways. She is self-centered, selfish and self-absorbed. She wallows in her own pain and does not care who else she hurts because she is focused on her own misery. She uses every man in her life to self medicate. She uses Gev and Cole to fill her time like her mother used men to stave off pain and loneliness.
I thought she was on a good path to changing herself and her life from Book 1 to Book 2. By the end of Book 3 I could neither empathize or sympathize with her decisions.
I thought there would have been some resolution to the story that she would have gotten some help. I thought she would have seen the similarity in herself and her mother. Maybe she could have changed her life and stop following the same pattern over and over with these men.
Cole was a nice character and she treated him like he was disposable after he was a friend to her. I was happy that she was honest with Evan at the end of the book but then she goes looking for Jonathan again. She does things to continually self sabotage her happiness and the happiness of those around her. She has no regard for reality or the feelings of those around her. She wants people only around on her terms and they can go to hell if they push too far.
This is not a character that I end up rooting for or liking because she just never got better. Her situation got better but she did not. This is actually a story about a person with mental issues. I did not like the ending because I felt she was just as unstable and unbalanced and selfish as she was in the beginning of the book. The only difference was Evan was there to enable her. She still could not sleep and guess what her sickness spread to Evan then he was having trouble sleeping too.
After all of that she ends up rubbing Evans face in the fact that she bought the house and he bought a room. I didn't feel any real LOVE from her.
How could she possibly love Evan when she did not even love herself. At least with counseling or some help maybe she could have found the love that her father had given her at the foundation of life and built from there. She was just a person that could not cope with life and found someone that would help them do it. Didn't like this at all.
Maybe the author should try with one more book to resolve the character and not leave her hanging in emotional and psychological limbo like she did then I could finally sleep through the night too.
I wanted to give a much lower rating due to the fact this third book was lousy with punctuation and missing words, causing the reader to have to re-read and insert missing words and punctuation to make it make sense. Also, at times, the Emma character is wearing something strapless, but in the next paragraph of page, his straps were being lowered. The same thing with Meg and Emma playing the "Name that band/song" game they play.
I felt this final book was rushed and could have easily been more completed, probably into a fourth book. You are left with a feeling of, "wait, what about..."
But the story is good! Extremely Good....
So the first book had me hook from the start. The second had me speechless and saying wtf at the ending. Then this one had me in tears and unable to breath when it all came to and end. Out of all the books I have read there’s only been a handful of REALLY emotional, addicting, suspenseful, draining, and high quality books read, and this is one of them. I don’t know how to explain it, kinda like something top rated. It just pulls you in from the beginning, right to the very last page of the last book.
I was so emotional through the whole book and unsure how it was all going to end.
Emma was truly a living wreck. She wasn’t the same anymore as she once was. Honestly she was depressed, hurting, and broken. After all the abuse and trauma she went through holding in major secrets, along with all the nightmares and memories became to much for her. It was kinda like having a breakdown. She was turning more to destruction than good. Trying to numb it all, not wanting to deal with it anymore, wishing she could just forget it all.
So in the beginning for a while I was in a slight slump missing Evan. You have Cole, and yes he was nice, and I did feel bad, but for me he just WAS. NOT. EVAN! I was even feeling depressed myself, lol like I was going through a loss. Once Evan was back in action, lol back in the picture, I was so happy.
One thing out of it all that I, will say I am thankful for, is the number one main people she still has in her life. I just love, how she still has Sara as a good friend. She’s someone that has never and would never give up on Emma and will fight till the end for her. Even when apart she’s always thinking about her and looking out for her.
“You can't keep pushing everyone away." She stood up from the chair, her body tense. "You can't keep doing this, because one of these days, you'll wake up and have no one.”
“Evan Mathews, you can tell yourself and everyone else that you’re here to get answers, for closure. But the truth is, you love her. You have always loved her. You will always love her. You’re here because you can’t walk away. You saw how broken and empty she was back in Weslyn, and you had to follow her. You’ll never be able to let her go. You’re here because… it’s where you belong, with her.”
Then you have Sara’s parents, they truly are the best and care for her so much. They also look out for her and are there for whenever they’re needed. She might not be their daughter but they would do anything for her.
Evan is also the same way. Even though she hurt him he would do anything for her, just to see her happy. If something had ever happened to Emma, I don’t think he would even know how to survive. And of course I just love Evan, he’s the most perfect person ever to even come along.
“That day… of my run. I almost gave up.” My heartbeat picked up. “I walked out into the ocean, and just kept going. I wanted it to take me. To drown the guilt. I didn’t want to hurt anymore. I didn’t want to be hated anymore. I didn’t want to keep breathing.” Her words stole the air from my lungs. “Emma.” She crumpled onto her knees. I caught her, wrapping her in my arms. “You don’t get to quit on me. Because if you do, you’ll take me with you. And you can’t do that to us.” Tears stung my eyes as she collapsed against me. “I can’t…” Her voice broke. “I can’t do this anymore.” “Then I’ll do it for you,” I rasped, my throat closing. “Let me love you. Let me love you enough for the two of us, until you can accept that you’re worth it. Because you are, Emma. I don’t know how to convince you. But I’ll spend the rest of my life trying. You can’t give up on me now. I won’t let you.”
Im also glad and thankful for the roommates that she does have, some people wouldn’t be as nice as they were to her. It was really great to see how they cared and looked out for her as a friend, just as much as Sara did. I really think it made Sara feel a little better knowing that she had someone there for her when they were apart. A lot of it was just as hard for Sara too. Seeing how Emma was getting through each day and how she had changed was very upsetting and worrying to her. Sadly without her few friends, Sara’s parent, and Evan, I don’t think Emma would of ever survived it all.
“I don’t understand. You still… love me?” He released the slightest chuckle. “Yeah, I do. And I know you’re not the same girl. But I’m in love with you, Emma. I fell in love with you all over again this summer. People change. I know this. And we’ll continue to change. That just means I’ll get to fall in love with you again. Because no matter what happens in our lives, what I feel for you will survive anything.”
So you can see this isn’t a series you want to pass up. It really is one of the best and is one I will never forget.