"This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. 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 unspeakable cruelty, life-changing love, and her precarious grasp of hope, Reason to Breathe is the first installment in the acclaimed Breathing Series.
©2013 Rebecca Donovan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
It's right up in my top 15! It's a very addictive listen
The story line is very interesting! It makes you want to keep listening and find out more
Yes, she is very easy to listen to
Yes! I wanted to find out what happened in the end! Then that keeps you on the edge of your seat!
Make sure you have the next book in the series before you finish the first! It has a cliff hanger at the end! It's a great book
I got this book on sale and since it had so many great reviews, I bought it.
I have never been so pleasantly surprised with a book on sale before. Usually they are so so. I loved this story even though it was sad. Emma does frustrate you in this story but you eventually understand her. I don't like how they leave you hanging in the epilogue.
It isn't clear what happens. Good thing I can't wait to purchase the next book in this series. I couldn't put this one down. WOW!!
Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!
The book has a good plot but I think it's terribly frustrating for an adult to read. SPOILERS: Emma is being terribly abused but won't say anything because she doesn't want her cousins to loose their mother. Logic would say that she could end up abusing Emma's cousins as well. When she ends up in the hospital, when teachers try to confront her, she says nothing then it nearly ends in tragedy. I don't understand why the book was 14 hours. The story could have been conveyed in 7.
Absolutely! Besides the fact that the book (and its sequels) is excellent, it was the narration that blew me away. Kate Rudd gave a superior performance, and completely captivated me. I found it very impressive that there were slight, - though notable - nuanced differences in voice quality for two of the male characters, and those voices stayed constant through all three books. I highly recommend the audio version, or, at a minimum, the kindle version to be read in tandem with the audio.
Definitely - the ending
Let the determination and goal planning of the main character be rewarded - the book could have been an inspiration to young people overcoming extreme difficulties
The ending is a definite ending
This book is well written and the characters well drawn. Until the last chapter, I thought the book could be recommended to young adult readers as an example of courage and accomplishment. Now, I cannot recommend it to anyone.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
This trilogy ate up a week of my life. Again I accidentally was sucked into a young adult genre and couldn't put it down. Yet I read them just to get to the end and resolve all the miserableness that was generated in the first two books.
Give the teens some real education. Truth telling and honest reality would have helped.
Right on for the story.
I stopped listening for about a week and then decided I wanted to hear just how far the book would take the confused teen vs the psychotic relative tale.
The author missed a serious and much needed teaching moment.
4.75. I was addicted to this book, so much that I would stay up late to see what was going to happen next. I loved the love story of Emma & Evan. There is so much love from Evan for Emma that makes you wonder if there really is a person like him out there. It really pulls you in to hear all the pain and misery that Emma had to got thru from her Aunt Carol. I just wish she would've opened up more to Evan.
Evan was my favorite character in this story. The love he has for Emma is so precious and amazing. He is so sweet to her and is always wanting to protect her from everything.
Kate Rudd did an awesome job narrating the story. She did such a good job switching from one characters voice to another.
There were several parts in the story that moved me...it's hard to narrow it down to just one.
This is a great story and will have you hanging on until the end. You have to read this book if you want to experience a real live story. I recommend it to everyone.
if the story was better
all of them
the characters were unbelievable, the story never went anywhere, you never learned why her aunt hated her so much or what caused her abuse - mentally ill? her dad did something while he was alive to cause a family riff? her mother cheated on her dad with her uncle and he was actually her father? her aunt was abused as a child? addicted to drugs? possessed? there are so many directions that this book could have gone but didnt. there was just an incredible abusive and hate full aunt that showed up every other chapter (thankfully) to remind you danger was lurking.
It could have been an interesting twist that the woman was the abuser, in an old school fairy tale way, but she had no dimension. none at all, she was just an angry lady out to get her for????
The book mainly focused on the day to day school life of an unbelievably "good" girl and student who had a thin reason to hide her abuse which was supposed to make her seem heroic, and an uneventfull love story that also fell flat.
The story was so incredibly boring i actually skimmed forward to the parts where she was getting beaten up and verbally abused just for the action of it! The ending was obvious and i think was meant to be a shocker after such a mundane beginning, but it wasnt a shocker and it didnt deliver. I stuck it out hoping that it would give that final expectant blow that would redeem the rest of it, but was terribly disappointed.
i might give another book a try, the style of writing wasn't all that bad. Maybe with a better story she could deliver an interesting book. The narrator was good, she annoyed me at times, but i think it was because the character was annoying;. Her voice and inflections worked well for a teenage character. part of what kept me listening was her narration.
I was so incredibly surprised by this book. The emotions portrayed in this story are simply amazing. I haven't finished a book crying so much since 'A Time for Dancing' or 'The Fault in Our Stars'... SUCH a good book
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