Series: Hundred Oaks
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Sourcefire Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
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
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The books I’ve read where running is a major part of the story fall into two categories: boring or amazing. Breathe, Annie, Breathe was one of the amazing ones.
What’s so wonderful about Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the realness of story and characters. I loved Annie. Her reaction to the loss of Kyle is what I would expect from a real life teenager in a similar situation. She’s lost the most important person in her life, the one she saw forever with, and she’s not sure how to move on from that. Annie feels guilty for having a future beyond Kyle. Her negative feelings rise to the surface when she’s dealing with her family, the ones who love her best. The only way she can think of to deal with it is to finish the marathon Kyle never got to. I enjoyed the way Annie was able to find herself again with help from Jeremiah, her friends and her family. They let her be who she needed to be and supported her when she needed it most.
Jeremiah was a really cool male love interest. His addiction to extreme sports and the adrenaline rush they gave him added another cool aspect to the story. It made Annie deal with her deepest fears. His witty banter with Annie was so much fun to read.
I also loved the supporting characters. Jeremiah’s family was hilarious. I skipped ahead a couple of books in this series after reading Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, so Breathe, Annie, Breathe made me want to go back and read Matt’s story.
As for the running aspect of the book…The way each chapter revolved around where Annie was in her training schedule was interesting. I felt like I was learning something about training for a marathon and what it takes. It also helped show the progression of Annie’s life without Kyle, her new relationship with Jeremiah and how she evolved as a person over time. What could have been boring actually made the book fly by.
If you’re looking for a fun, uplifting YA book to read, I would highly recommend Breathe, Annie, Breathe or any other of Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks novels. The writing is exceptional and I always finish feeling happier than I was before I started reading.