I received an egalley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: Originally published: July 15th, 2014. This edition is set to be published: April 7th, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.
But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.
“Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet.” — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You
If you are a fan of Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series, you will fall in love with Breathe, Annie, Breathe! This book is a contemporary young adult romance that deals with a difficult experience in an interesting and engaging fashion. The characters are relatable and its inspirational theme will touch readers on a whole new level.
Infusing the novel with characters that readers can relate to adds a believable element to the story. The protagonist, Annie, is an average teenage girl who has a found determination to honour her deceased boyfriend. Readers will find themselves rooting for Annie and excited about her milestones along the way. Also, as part of Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series, this book contains characters that are already known to the reader. Jordan, the gym teacher, resurfaces in this novel, adding an extra layer to the story.
The inspirational theme throughout this book is to never give up on your dreams or yourself. While this theme isn’t unique, the marathon that Annie trains for is a fabulous metaphor for overcoming grief and coping with loss. Kenneally has written this novel in a fashion that doesn’t depress the reader at all. In fact, Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an uplifting, profound, well written book for teens.
I really enjoyed Breathe, Annie, Breathe! It is refreshing to read a book about the grieving process that doesn’t leave me reaching for a box of tissues! If you are interested in more about this book, there is an excerpt that you can read on Miranda Kenneally’s website: http://mirandakenneally.com/writing/excerpt-from-breathe-annie-breathe/