Reason to Breathe and Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan
OUT OF BREATH Will be released July 2nd!!! Wanted to repost our 5 star reviews! This is easily one of our top reads.
Overview – Reason to Breathe
“No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?”
He knows there’s something more to the girl sitting in the back of the class the moment he sees her. She’s beautiful, intelligent, and athletic – but she slips quietly through the crowded halls, trying not to exist. Determined to get to know the elusive girl, Evan soon discovers…
Emma Thomas is hiding a terrible a secret.
Reason to Breathe is an electrifying page turner from start to finish, a unique tale of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and one girl’s fragile grasp of hope.
Overview – Barely Breathing
Emma’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe. Now everyone in Weslyn knows Emma’s secret, but Carol can’t hurt Emma anymore. Some are still haunted by the horror of that night, and some must face the repercussions of their choices. Fans of Rebecca Donovan’s debut novel will discover there’s still much to learn about Emma’s life.
Abby – 5 Stars
REASON TO BREATHE
I read these books almost a year ago. I loved them and decided to reread. Reading is sometimes my therapy. I read to find comfort, be entertained, laugh , and love. Reason to Breathe is a story that evokes so much emotion from me. I often find myself pausing while reading, almost having flashbacks to my own personal hell. Rebecca Donovan does such an amazing job of capturing what its like, the shame someone has when her family is broken, there is guilt, insecurities and embarrassment that go along with a troubled home life. Although my life was no where near the terror of Emma’s, it was bad. I didn’t tell. This book gives the pain a voice. In Reason to Breathe you follow a love story but you also are watching a girl decide if she is enough to love, and somewhere I think she starts to love herself. This book is so close to me, I had a Sara, and I had an Anna. Finding solace in my friends and the normalcy of their lives is what got me though. They knew some of my pain but I could never share it all.
Emma is trying desperately to live and get over her pain. Again in this book Rebecca Donovan connects to such raw emotions. She tells a story about blocking out the bad things and not wanting to remember because remembering hurts to much. I have such few memories from ten and under. Blocking out trying to hide the pain to those around you with a never ending smile is something I learned. I LOVE THESE STORIES! Thank you to Rebecca Donovan for connecting this story to so many people. As I read through this book for the second time it was so easy for me to have empathy but also therapeutic in a way that I could look back, see some mistakes and maybe still after all of these years see some things that may still be a little broken, but perhaps that’s the beauty of this story because maybe as I was reading and having some self reflection, maybe just a little of that healed.
If you haven’t read these books yet, they have some heavy topics, but there is also a lot of love and life. THESE ARE TWO GREAT READS!
Dawn – 5 Stars
I recently finished the first two books in the Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan (#3 Out of Breath is currently scheduled for release in June 2013). And my stomach is in knots knowing I must wait until June to find closure!
I was consumed with these books, even with the difficult and painful parts. Emma’s story is horrific at times which left me breathless and angry. Like Evan and Sara, I just wanted to protect her from all that life threw at her.
Yet there are moments of pure beauty and hope that also took my breath away with my hope for a ‘normal’ life for Emma. It was an emotional roller coaster ride, one which I’m glad I took.
You may find, as I did, that these are books that you can hardly stand to put down and are anxious to find the next moment when you can read more, but that you also need to step back occasionally and let the emotional punch of the story to kick in.
Thanks to Rebecca Donovan for two powerful books that touch on some challenging and emotional topics. If you have not read them, I would highly recommend them.