REASON TO BREATHE BOOK

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Reason to Breathe book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. T. Book Review – Reason to Breathe (Breathing #1) by Rebecca Donovan. July 6, by Aestas · 6 Comments. “In the balance of love and loss, it was love that. Reason to Breathe is the first book in the million-copy bestselling Breathing Series. “No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place.


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Editorial Reviews. Review. "When hope is a fragile thread, love is a miracle." — Tammara Reason To Breathe (The Breathing Series, Book 1) site Edition. by. Reason to Breathe is first novel in the new adult trilogy The Breathing Series by USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Donovan. Reason To Breathe (The Breathing Series, #1) Assuredly, this is one great (tragic ) story. So often recommended and the only thing holding me.

She keeps to herself and doesn't really have any friends except for the most popular girl in Weslyn High, Sara McKinley. And that works for the most part until one day in class she has an encounter with Evan Mathews, who it turns out, has noticed her. In fact, Evan has noticed Emma far more than she's realized. Gradually Evan manages, with the help of Sara, to draw Emma into a friendship. Emma is reluctant to open herself to Evan for several reasons.

Emma's main focus in her life is that of gaining admission to a good college and escaping from her abusive aunt and uncle. But her second reason is her fear of having to share her secret of abuse with Evan. So they manage to meet at the library and Sara often sets up sleepovers that morph into time out with her and her boyfriend Jason, and Evan and Emma.

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It's interesting to see how Emma runs her life similarly to how Carol controls her. Just as Carol sets numerous rules for Emma in her home, about what she can eat, her chores and bedtime, Emma also has rules for Evan.

The rules revolve around what they can talk about and their behaviour with each other. With Evan, Emma finally finds a measure of happiness and hope.

Evan introduces Emma to different experiences, taking her rock climbing and dirt biking. But when Evan begins to come to an understanding of what is going on in Emma's life, she pushes him away, even though she recognizes that she loves Emma and that he feels the same way about her.

The abuse seems to diminish after a particularly horrible attack that results in Emma being hospitalized. After this attack, arrangements are made for Emma to spend the weekends at Sara's home.

Despite this Emma's life is slowly unraveling because Evan has left to return to his family in San Francisco, while Emma dates another guy, Drew, only to discover some unsavory aspects about him.

But just when Drew and Emma break up, Evan reappears in Emma's life. Will they be able to pick up where things left off? And can Emma manage to survive much longer living with her brutal aunt?

Reason To Breathe is a page-turner that keeps the reader captivated until the stunning ending. There are basically two storylines interwoven that will grab readers; the blossoming romance between Evan and Emma that gives her a "reason to breathe" and the gradual, brutal escalation of abuse by Carol that threatens to destroy Emma. This novel is well written and well paced, with lots of engaging interaction between the characters to space out the sequences of abuse, giving the reader time to absorb what is happening.

Many readers may not fancy Donovan's ending, but it is a fitting conclusion to a good novel.

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The only major contention I have with this novel revolves around the actions of adult characters peripheral to the story and how they dealt with the suspected abuse. This is best exemplified by the situation where Emma is hospitalized after an attack by Carol.

She is brutally attacked by her aunt who injures Emma's back. I just found some of her decisions very difficult to accept—especially at the end.

I liked the characters. I like the story. I do not like the ending. At all. Also, I am getting a little intolerant of trilogies lately, so I might be a little biased right now. I just feel sometimes these stories could be told in one book.

I will continue to book 2 because of the cliffhanger ending. I want to see where the story goes. It is a huge cliff hanger ending.

After this attack, arrangements are made for Emma to spend the weekends at Sara's home. Despite this Emma's life is slowly unraveling because Evan has left to return to his family in San Francisco, while Emma dates another guy, Drew, only to discover some unsavory aspects about him. But just when Drew and Emma break up, Evan reappears in Emma's life.

Book Review – Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

Will they be able to pick up where things left off? And can Emma manage to survive much longer living with her brutal aunt? Reason To Breathe is a page-turner that keeps the reader captivated until the stunning ending. There are basically two storylines interwoven that will grab readers; the blossoming romance between Evan and Emma that gives her a "reason to breathe" and the gradual, brutal escalation of abuse by Carol that threatens to destroy Emma.

This novel is well written and well paced, with lots of engaging interaction between the characters to space out the sequences of abuse, giving the reader time to absorb what is happening.

Many readers may not fancy Donovan's ending, but it is a fitting conclusion to a good novel. The only major contention I have with this novel revolves around the actions of adult characters peripheral to the story and how they dealt with the suspected abuse.

This is best exemplified by the situation where Emma is hospitalized after an attack by Carol.

She is brutally attacked by her aunt who injures Emma's back. Emma manages to play in her basketball game despite being in a great deal of pain.

But during the game, while scoring a final game-winning point, she falls and hits her head resulting in her hospitalization. However, when the attending physician sees Emma's many bruises, he confronts her privately, asking what has happened and how she got her injuries.

He tells her that her bruising and a healing contusion are not consistent with her explanations. Despite his reservations, unbelievably Emma is released from hospital back into her aunt and uncle's care.

Credibility is further stretched when she shows up at the hospital with an even more serious injury months later and also when her teachers stage an intervention and they also do not report their suspicions to authorities. Emma was failed by those adults who came into contact with her and were in a position to help her.

In Connecticut, like other jurisdictions, anyone who works in a profession in which they have contact with children is mandated by law to report suspected abuse. This is pretty much standard protocol in both the United States and Canada.

To fail to do so, is negligence, as a young person's life might very well be at stake. Having many characters suspect something was going on with Emma and not report, was a bit of dramatic license that allowed Donovan to push the story to its searing climax and to make a point about abuse.

Donovan has an interesting cast of characters in her novel, although the main protagonist. Emma Thomas seems a bit too perfect. Despite suffering from both physical and emotional abuse, Emma manages to maintain a 4.

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Despite her overachieving tendencies, Donovan has created a character who is likeable and strong. Emma is a character who elicits strong emotions from the reader; we want to protect and save her.

Emma's strategy for dealing with her abuse is to be in the background, in the shadows both at school and at home.It is his love for her that gives Emma the strength to carry on. She is faced with a choice between what she wants and what she believes is best.

The characters are believable and lovable and while this is YA, there is definite tension. Also, I am getting a little intolerant of trilogies lately, so I might be a little biased right now. The story is effin' long.