Publisher Sourcebooks Fire
Publication DateJuly 15,2014
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.
Ever since I started read Hundred Oaks series back in 2012, I fell in love with Miranda writing, characters. Breathe, Annie, Breathe was another great addition to the series and so far my favorite. It’s beautifully written a heartbreaking story about loss, love. From page one till the last page I was engaged into Annie’s story, Annie’s struggle to let go of a boy she loved. I felt her pain, I felt her commitment to finish this race, for him. I thought fact that she committed to something she didn’t even enjoy, because Kyle didn’t get to finish it is sweet and it tells a read that she loved him if she was willing to go through that for him. At beginning of book I wondered how he died, why he passed away at such young age and why Annie blamed herself. Was there a specific reasons she blamed his death on herself? Breathe, Annie, Breathe was a story that you couldn’t help but love. I was so observed into her journey that I did not wanted to put it down, wanted to know what happens at end. I couldn’t help but wonder if she finish the race.
I loved the relationship that she had with Jere, it was unique. He was complete opposite from her, plus he was into so many dangerous sports, activities. I knew that was the main reason that she denied her feelings for him, or tried to deny it at least. After losing Kyle, she was afraid that she was going to lose him. Honestly, I couldn’t blame her. Some of the sports that he was into, were so extreme and he did start to get hurt a lot and I knew that she didn’t like that. Annie cared for him, more than she wanted to at start but she felt guilty about liking someone after Kyle’s death, the feelings were confusing for her. Both of them were there for each other so much though, through everything. When he got hurt, when Annie was about to give up, they were there. All through book I was rooting for them and was smiling when they finally got together.
I saw the change in Annie, in beginning, the middle and by the end of the novel. At start, she was running for Kyle because he didn’t get to finish the training, to be in marathon. At start she didn’t even liked running and I wondered how far she would make it. As time went by, the farther she went, the more committed she became. I believe that towards end of the book, she didn’t only do it for Kyle but because she wanted to. I believe that towards end of the book she enjoyed running. Kyle wasn’t main reason she was upset when doctor told her that her knee not made for long distance, she was upset because running became part of her daily routine, something that she enjoyed. Part of her life. Annie didn’t give up, she kept on going even if she felt like giving up. A beautiful story.
Story about loss, love, sacrifice and learning to let go.