I received this book for free from the publisher 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
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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.
What I Thought…
• Miranda Kenneally sure knows how to write books that pack an emotional punch! Her books always make me feel things, whether I want to or not, and Breathe, Annie, Breathe is no exception.
• Another thing that Kenenally is awesome at is writing “real” characters. Her teenage characters have issues and problems and are learning to work through them or fix them or whatever in teenage fashion. As an adult some of the choices they make make my head hurt, but teenagers often don’t make the “right” choice, for a variety of reasons.
• Warning: This book will make you think that you should also become a runner.
• So many cameos, but most notably Matt (Things I Can’t Forget)
• Annie is dealing with her grief over her boyfriends death. She blames herself and is having a hard time moving on and accepting the fact that she should move on. Her boyfriend was training to run a marathon so that’s what Annie decides to do, despite the fact that she has never really run before. She’s going through a training program ran by Matt and taking it very seriously, even though there are lots of times where she seriously doubts that she can do this.
• Jeremiah is Matt’s younger brother. Annie and Jeremiah meet when Jeremiah is helping Matt out on their practices. Matt wants Jeremiah to stay away from his runners, but after a few incidental run ins with Annie, he has trouble staying away. I really liked Jeremiah. He pushed Annie a bit, but he was also patient and understanding. He just wanted to do what’s best for her, even if that meant staying away.
• I really enjoyed the running aspect of the book and how hard it is to train to do a marathon. Kenneally covered training the right way and what happens to your feet and all sorts of other things. It was also stressed that everyone trains different and runs at a different pace and that’s ok, you need to push yourself, but not harder than your body will go. I also liked that Annie made friends with some of the others in her running group. She was the youngest by far but she eventually came around to talking to (not just running with) some of the others and you could see just how those small conversations helped her.
• Annie and Jeremiah’s romance was sweet and tender, slow and fast. They had a few impromptu moments that caused Annie to feel guilty and pull back from Jeremiah but as she kept seeing him on training days and a few other times he wore her down a bit to actually talk to her.
Overall I loved Breathe, Annie, Breathe and if you like books that give you lots of feels you should read it!