Title: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publish Date: July 15, 2014
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "The finish line is only the beginning.…
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
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 Two Cents:
"Breathe, Annie, Breathe" is a fantastic YA romance from Miranda Kenneally. Annie is trying to cope with a lot. After losing her ex, she decides to honor his memory by running a marathon. She knows it will be hard and she expects to hate every minute of training but she is committed. She wants to put herself through something in order to shake away all of the feelings she is coping with. She can't imagine how the whole process will change her life.
This book is a part of Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series, which you can pick up anywhere in and still follow along very easily. I loved Annie. It took me a little bit to warm up to her but as you get to know more about her complicated emotions and everything she has been through, you really get to understand her more. She is multi-faceted and she felt very real to me.
As Annie is coping with her feelings over the loss of her ex, she begins to fall for Jeremiah. Jeremiah is such a good love interest for Annie. The "will they or won't they" throughout the book really had me pulling for them. Annie is complicated and Jeremiah meets her where she is throughout the book.
To me, this is definitely Kenneally's best in the Hundred Oaks series. This book will stick with me for a long time!