I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #5
on July 15th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: the author
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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.
I. Hate. Running. Almost as much as I hate sardines and Rush. In fact, the only thing that could make running worse would be to do it while eating sardines and listening to Rush (not recommended). When I was a teenager I was diagnosed with patella femoral syndrome, with a Q angle of the femur, a medial tilt of the patella… and flat feet for good measure (Yes, I memorized all this because it made for a great excuse to get out of gym class…). In short, it means that running is downright painful.
My grandparents, however, were runners. Every year they would fly down to Hawaii for the Honolulu marathon, among other various races. Their basement hallway was lined with running shoes that were no longer good enough to run in, but were perfectly good for other people to walk in. Come on in and take your pick! The office was filled with medals and trophies, and the walls were plastered in pictures of them crossing the finishing line. A small part of me wanted to do that too.
My point to all of this, is that despite my bum knees, my weak stomach and an aversion to sweat, for almost 300 pages Miranda made me want to run. I wanted to be a part of something, with a group of people supporting each other… plus if I could score a running coach like Jeremiah, I might be more inclined to keep up! 😉
This was my first Miranda Kenneally book, and I have no idea why it took me this long! I was first intrigued by her when Catching Jordan caught my eye (pun intended). For whatever reason, I still haven’t gotten around to it, but I certainly have more motivation now! Her characters are so vibrant, with witty dialogue and real problems.
This is categorized as YA, more specifically 14+. I would probably suggest a slightly higher age, as there are a few mature scenes. The characters are 18+, and realistically run into sexual situations.
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