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Reason To Breathe (The Breathing Series, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in The Breathing Series
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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
About the Author
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 Website: www.rebeccadonovan.comFollow Rebecca on Twitter: @beccadonovanFollow The Breathing Series on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebreathingseries
- Publication Date : June 4, 2013
- File Size : 1041 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Skyscape (June 4, 2013)
- Print Length : 466 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B00B52IQNA
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 147781714X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,507 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So I finished this book at one in the morning with tears that wouldn’t stop. I don’t even know where to start.
This gets right to it from the very first page. I don’t know what to say without giving anything away, except that,
1. I HATE, H.A.T.E Emma’s aunt, she is the cruelest person ever
2. Emma’s uncle is just as bad and messed up to, first of all he lets what happens, happen.
3. Sara, Emma’s best friend, and I mean she’s the best. To me there would be know surviving ever if Emma didn’t have her.
4. Evan, he’s also the best. He’s the greatest person to ever come along next to Sara.
And of course there’s
5. Emma, you just cry for her and feel so horrible for all the stuff she goes through and the abuse from her aunt. I don’t even know how she survived as long as she has till now.
“You have a night game on Friday, right?” he confirmed as we climbed the stairs. “Yes.” “What are you doing after school, before the game?” “Probably staying at school and doing homework or whatever.” “Do you want to get something to eat?” he asked, hesitating on the landing before opening the double doors leading to the hall. I stopped, and so did my heart. “And yes, this would be a date, so that we’re clear,” he stated with a smirk. I stopped breathing too. “Okay.” I exhaled, still unable to move. I really just agreed to go on a date?!
After Mr. Hodges began his lecture on the bones in the hand, I scribbled on a blank piece of paper, Are you already assuming there’s an us? Evan wrote in response, NOT YET. I still didn’t understand what that meant and drew my eyebrows together, so he wrote, I’M GETTING READY FOR WHEN THERE IS.
Emma’s aunt is the worst person ever and cruelest and most abusive person towards her. Her dad past away sadly when she was young, and then her mom sadly became unable to care for her and wasn’t exactly the best, so her dads brother and wife became her guardians. To some people you would think that’s a good thing, but for Emma it’s not.
Thankfully Emma, had Sara the greatest best friend anyone could ever ask for. Sara could be quite funny at times but really cared truly about Emma. The love they had like sisters was the best. I truly believe if Emma didn’t have her as a friend things would of been a lot worse. I don’t know how many times I was shaking and saying no don’t do it, so afraid that something so bad was going to happen. Or that her aunt was going to find out and it was going to be BAD, really bad. I also keep thinking a saying why doesn’t Sara, or Evan just freakin say something. I was ready to pull my hair out or have a heart attack, if Emma wouldn’t say anything then they should just say something. Again more tears and tears.
Sara’s shoulders sank as she slowly lifted her head, revealing the tears streaming down her cheeks. “Emma, you have to tell someone.” Her words sounded desperate and urgent. “If you don’t, then I will.” “No, you won’t,” I snapped, my icy tone that made Sara wince. “What do you mean?” she demanded, even more passionately. “Did you see your back? The blood was seeping through your shirt during the game. Emma, I’m afraid some morning when I pull up to get you, you won’t come out. I care about you, and I can’t watch her do this to you.”
Well I felt so much better, when I would be worrying and then nothing would happen, until you get to the last page. Man I’m telling you, that’s just wrong. I mean wrong, ending the way it did. I couldn’t stop the tears and didn’t know what to say.
I’m just glad I came across this series that has already been out for a while. I don’t know how I would feel if I had to wait for the next book. I think I would of been such a mess.
“Well, let’s get you back to hell before the devil realizes you’re not home.”
So like I said it gets right to it from the very beginning, it’s a really good, and written very well, but for some people it might not be easy to read. There is a lot of abuse that you read and go through with Emma, that it can be hard to read.
I don’t know what else to say. I can’t say much without giving stuff away, except that I know I’m not waiting another minute to read the 2nd book. If I wait any longer, I think I’ll really lose it, or go crazy.
In the balance of love and loss, it was love that made me struggle to… Breathe.
And omg... Evan Matthews... <3
We meet Emma, who due to sad circumstances is living with her Aunt and Uncle. Her home life is not good the only light in her life is school, sports and her friend Sara until Evan moves to town.
We watch Emma struggle with deciding whether love is worth the physical consequences. When Emma finally gives into what she deserves a horrifying event happens leaving us with a cliffy!!! So be prepared to pick up with book two right away.
Despite all the heartbreak this story exposes I promise it is absolutely worth the read. This story is one that will not leave you long after you read it.
Reading the blurb immediately brought back all the feels! I have re-read this series maybe twice since reading it initially which alone shows just how good it is. This book is an emotionally tough book as it revolves around mental and physical abuse. Emma Thomas has a dark secret that she desperately tries to keep hidden from everyone around her, so that the perfect facade around her adoptive family isn’t broken. Her only goal is to maintain her perfect GPA and extracurriculars so that she may get a full scholarship to college so that she can escape her personal hell and never look back. That is until a new boy at school Evan Matthews notices her, and refuses to let her go back to being invisible. He literally demolishes her walls and she finds herself unwillingly falling for him while simultaneously trying to shield him from the terrors of her life which is near impossible to do. This books is amazing and hands down one of the best that I have ever read. It will make you cry a lot but the journey you will take with Emma will be all worth it I promise you! It’s so great to see all the amount of positive feedback that this series has gotten in the last few years, when I first read Reason to Breathe it didn’t have that many reviews. But believe me when I say it deserves every positive thing that people from around the world have said about it.
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Top reviews from other countries
I am 6% of the way in and I have had to stop. It's incredibly full of cheese and stereotypical american sayings which is great if you're into that kind of thing. I don't like how only 6% of the way in the leading female has met the main male character and is already falling from him after a few words.
What a waste of £4.99 :( If you enjoy Colleen Hoover I don't think you will like this one.
He pursues her and wants to get to know her, something that no one other than her best friend have really wanted to do. She's reluctant and unsure but soon kicks off a very good friendship and relationship with Evan. The problem is, he doesn't know her secrets and she isn't going to tell anybody. You were constantly waiting for the penny to drop and thinking why doesn't anyone realise what is going on? Will she ever be free?
I loved the interactions between Evan and Emma and was glad that she had someone to look after her, even if he didn't realise it. The ending was a complete shocker. I think my face was in shock a while after reading it and I went out and got the sequel right away. It was unreal and totally unexpected. A really great book and series that will blow you away.
I have to give this book credit for being one of the most heart-breaking reads I have ever put myself through. I really feel like I was dragged on an emotional rollercoaster that I couldn't get off of and for some reason had no desire to, despite the near constant threatening of tears. I also have to say it was so evocative of high school life without being cliché or unnecessarily dramatic. The voices felt authentically teenage. They weren't too wise, they each had a healthy dose of uncertainty and an understandable feeling of separation from the adult world. It meant that, as an adult, I was often frustrated at the decision making, but it all did make sense, how they felt and consequently acted. I hate it when authors have 16 year olds thinking, feeling and acting like someone 10 years older.
I've dropped a star though. I did love this but I'm not in a hurry to read book 2. Partly because I'm not in the business of making myself desperately anxious but yet strangely addicted. I'm better off keeping away and keeping sane. But also, it kind of dragged. It felt to me like it could have been just as dramatic and poignant but 1/3 shorter. It seemed to go on and on and then just ended in an entirely unsatisfying way. I think I was supposed to be shocked to the core by that ending but by that point I actually felt the momentum had faded so for me it was almost anticlimactic.
Fantastic and emotional but too long!
Don't get me wrong. I adored this book. It was so nearly five massive stars. I couldn't put it down!
Emma's story gripped me instantly. I felt like the author really built up the tension and the fear surrounding her situation.
'I knew there was going to be pain whether I did anything wrong or not - so maybe I should do something to actually deserve it.'
I fell completely head over heels with Evan very early on in the book! He's just too adorable. I especially loved the scene in the art room! So unexpected and so cute! Oh he's just... *sigh*
"I love that picture," he admitted softly. "I think it's because I love the girl in that picture."
I love the development of Evan and Emma's relationship. I felt so sorry for Evan at times. But I completely understood Emma's reservations. The sexual tension between Evan and Emma is brilliantly written. I felt that the culmination, at their night at the movies, was really strong and I truly felt Emma falling deeper and deeper in love.
'We were engaged in a very intricate dance of touching without touching, knowing without saying, and feeling without expressing. We were friends walking along a ledge, a very thin ledge - and I was too caught up in my heightened awareness of his existence to realize how close the ledge was to crumbling beneath my feet.'
I'm reading Barely Breathing now, and I feel that the ending of this book was such a cliffhanger, that it's difficult to review it as a story in it's own right... so I'll let you know my thoughts once I've finished up with the second book... although if it leaves off like the first and third isn't out until next year, expect a rant!
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