Friday, 17 April 2015

Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe [Hundred Oaks] by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Author: Miranda Kenneally
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Genre: Young Adult
Series: Hundred Oaks
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: 7th April 2015
Rating: 4.5 stars

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
I've wanted to read Breathe, Annie, Breathe since I fist heard about it, even knowing I had the previous books in this series to read. When I got the approval email I was shocked as I really didn't expect it.
From the beginning of Breathe, Annie, Breathe I found it easy to sympathise with Annie, going from a non-runner, to training to run a marathon takes a lot of courage and determination, I won't even run for a bus never mind attempting to run a marathon. The struggles she goes through felt real, and really came across strongly thorough the pages, but so does her strength, determination, and the reasons for wanting to do this.

As the story progresses, not only does the struggle become harder for Annie, but she realises she is starting to have feelings for Jeremiah, so she is torn between feeling guilty over feeling these, when she should still have these feelings for Kyle. I loved the initial friendship between Annie and Jeremiah, he is quick to jump in and help with some first aid, and that is the spark that ignites the friendship.

Breathe, Annie, Breathe is a story about loss, love, and strength. I laughed, I cried, and then cried some more. Annie is such a likable character that it's so easy to become emotionally invested in her life, and when Jeremiah is being an ass and taking stupid risks, I wanted to shake some sense into him for Annie's sake.

Final Verdict
Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an enjoyable read that is easy to relate to, and also become emotionally invested in. I really can't wait to read the next book in this series.

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