Tue, September 2, 2014

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally Review

Breathe, Annie, Breathe book cover

Breathe, Annie, Breathe book cover

Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks #5)
By Miranda Kenneally
Publication date: July 15, 2014
Sourcebooks Fire, 306 pages
Source: Library

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.

“Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet.” — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

— Goodreads.com description

Straight off the bat I hoped I’d like this one. Blonde girl named Annie who hates running! Hello! Sounds familiar! And I wasn’t disappointed — this is by far my favorite of Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series.

I love these books in general for their portrayal of teen girls who are active and healthy, both emotionally and physically. They always offer a lovely balance between personal growth, family issues, friendship drama and romantic relationships.

Annie’s struggles in this book are emotional (grief, guilt, you name it) and physical and wow what a strong portrayal of both. As Annie trained for her run, you could just feel the strain and drain it’s having on her mind and body…but also the elation she feels when she challenges herself and overcomes it. I LOVE that feeling. This is the type of book that makes you want to work out!

Okay! Romance! As I said: I like that this book isn’t all about the romance…but it’s a good one. Jeremiah is sweet and patient yet pushes Annie to grow. With the exception of a really h-o-t trail scene (!!!), they get to know each other and grow a friendship to base their relationship on, and I love that as well.

Oh! And it’s post-high school but not new adult-ish dramarama. Double bonus! So good.

Check out my reviews of some of the previous books and stay tuned for more — right now it looks like there should be eight books in total for this series:
Catching Jordan
Stealing Parker
Racing Savannah

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  1. Rachel @ Hello, Chelly. said:

    I felt the exact same way! I’m a big fan of Miranda Kenneally and this is without a doubt my favorite book in the series. After reading it, I definitely felt like running too except I hate running so that didn’t happen lol. Great review!! (PS. Now you’ve got me thinking about that hot trail scene….)

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    Anna Reply:

    It’s the thought that counts, yeah? I TOTALLY didn’t go for a run…but I thought about it 😉
    PS: YES TRAIL SCENE WHAAAAAAAAT

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  2. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed said:

    I did like this one but it wasn’t my favorite. That honor still belongs to catching jordan. I did have issues with my review copies though (missing letters) and that might have had something to do with it. Glad to see you liked this one!

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    Anna Reply:

    Oh man, that is SO DISTRACTING! I hear you.

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  3. Alexa S. said:

    I have SO much love for Miranda Kenneally and her novels (even though CJ was a bit of an on the fence novel for me). But Breathe Annie Breathe was absolutely AMAZIGN. I really think that this particular story is so well-written, and has such awesome characters (and cameos)!

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    Anna Reply:

    Same on CJ! I think they get better as they go…though I didn’t read the church camp one yet. Should I?!

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    Anna Reply:

    Or, I should say: The one I assumed was about church camp. I don’t know if that’s actually what it’s about???

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  4. Ashley said:

    This book sounds perfect for me! I wouldn’t say I HATE running, but I don’t love it… but I desperately WANT to love it!

    I’m going to give this one a try. 🙂

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    Anna Reply:

    YES! I want to too…but my right knee doesn’t quite agree with that. Still, I love working out and it really captured that lovely feeling you get at the end (not during!) a realyl intense workout.

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  5. Kelly said:

    Agree with everything you said! This is my favorite Kenneally book. It didn’t hurt that it’s in Nashville, which I’m obsessed with.

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    Anna Reply:

    Oooh, me too! Love Nashville (and books set there!).

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    Kelly Reply:

    I am determined to live there someday. My dream job (that I am not at all qualified for yet) is there.

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  6. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    So glad to hear that you enjoyed this one as well! I felt like Miranda took this one a step further on the emotional scale, which shows growth in her writing. PS, I still hate running haha.

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  7. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    I’ve only read two others in this series, but this is by far my favorite one. I loved the running part and how it was difficult for Annie. And I loved how the relationship grew and slowly developed, how they truly became friends first, which is so rare in YA. And yes, loved the fact that it straddled the line between YA and NA with part of it taking place in high school and part in college. Really enjoyed this one and glad you did too!

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    Anna Reply:

    Glad the same things stuck out for us: a “safe” non-angsty place between NA & YA (which we so need more of) and friends before romance…all good stuff!

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  8. Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers said:

    I just checked this one out from the library because I’ve heard great things, but I haven’t read the others in the series… I hate to go out of order, but I really want to read this one! Do you think it will be a problem?

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    Anna Reply:

    Not at all! There is some minor crossover of characters but nothing that’s really a spoiler — I mean, duh, obviously the love interests are going to get together in the end with books like these. You’d be totally fine to read them out of order!

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  9. Cancel said:

    Hi Jessica! I have been meaning to write to you and tell you how much I loved Born Wicked. I won the ARC thorugh a drawing that Stephanie Burgis had on her blog and read it immediately after receiving it. I did not want it to end.The other day I went on our library’s website to see the time for Tiffany’s pre-book launch and saw that you are going to be at our local library this month! I had no idea! Yay! My daughter and I will be there. We look forward to meeting you!

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