Book Talk Review; Reason To Breathe

 The First Book in the moving and emotional Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan


 "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?"

 In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection—pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth―at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

 One girl’s story of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and her precarious grasp of hope: Reason to Breathe is the first installment of the acclaimed Breathing Series.

 This book follows Emma on her amazing journey of strength and surviving. 

 Emma Thomas is content on being invisible, she just wants to go to school and busy herself with after-school activities until she leaves for college. 

 As a junior Emma immerses herself in her schoolwork. In the sports she plays. In the clubs she's in. In her best friend Sara. Anything that will keep her out of her house. 

 Emma has a hard life. She tries to be invisible not only at school but at home too. 

 Until Evan Matthews takes notice in her that is. 

 Evan sweet adorable understanding Evan. 

 He notices Emma and it unnerves her.  Emma has a hard life to say the least. And being around Evan doesn't help matters. 

 I loved this book. This book rooted me deeply though. It made me feel things that most people don't want to feel. This book was real

 Emma and Evan fall in love. But there are things about Emma that Evan doesn't know. That Evan can't know.

 There are so many things that Evan doesn't know. That Emma doesn't want anybody to know. And it breaks my heart.

 What Emma goes through is something no-one should ever have to go through.

 This book is about surviving. This book is about learning to love. And that's what Emma and Evan both did.

 They learned to love each other even through the times that love didn't seem enough. They loved each other even through all the pain. And that is one of the most important things.

 Emma is such a strong person. What she is forced to endure is heartbreaking and their are moments in this book that are going to make you cry.

 I want to stress how much emotion is packed into this book. When I say this book Is Real I mean it. It may not be for everyone. There are many times when I was unable to read because of the tears.

 But through this book I was able to take a journey. A very emotional journey, one that changes your perspective on things. One that makes you Feel.

 I felt for Emma through much of this book, and I fell in love with these characters.

 This is more than just a story.

 The breathing series is a Journey.

 One that Rebecca portrays beautifully with in the contents of these books. The writing flows across the pages, and even through the rough times, it was beautifully done.

 *Quote- "We were engaged in a very intricate dance of touching without touching, knowing without saying, and feeling without expressing." - Emma

              "Was it better to get as much out of a moment as possible, knowing it could slip out from under you in a second? Did the actual experience outweigh the conclusion? I guess I had to decide if the conclusion was a broken heart, or a broken bone, in order to weigh the risk." - Emma

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