Barely Breathing

Barely Breathing

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by Rebecca Donovan
     
 

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“I’ve spent most of my life trying to make it to a future that still hasn’t happened, or avoid a past that won’t let me go. I don’t remember when I’ve ever just stopped to live in the present, to hold on to the seconds I’m in.”

Emma Thomas’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart-pounding conclusion

Overview

“I’ve spent most of my life trying to make it to a future that still hasn’t happened, or avoid a past that won’t let me go. I don’t remember when I’ve ever just stopped to live in the present, to hold on to the seconds I’m in.”

Emma Thomas’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart-pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe, the first installment of The Breathing Series — Rebecca’s Donovan’s bestselling romantic thriller (USA Today). Now her secret life has been exposed, and her tormentor can’t hurt her anymore. Yet, some are still haunted by that night. The bruises may have faded, but scars and fears remain. How will she reclaim her life when she’s barely breathing?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477817179
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
06/18/2013
Series:
Breathing Series, #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
64,351
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Barely Breathing 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 327 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so impressed with this book!!! The array of emotions I experienced while reading this left me “barely breathing” at some points. This author has a way of reaching down inside of you, pulling your guts out, all the while, you’re cheering her on to keep doing it because the reading is that good! While I didn’t agree with Emma’s secretive nature, especially after the events in book one, I get why she was trying to cope alone. Emma broke my heart. She’s such a strong female lead but has no idea just how courageous she is. What would crush most people has excelled her to become a person of independence so she would no longer have to rely on anyone to survive. And though this is where her strength lies, it’s also her greatest downfall. Her independence pushes the people she loves most away and her abusive background leaves her vulnerable to allow the wrong type of people in. I just really loved this emotionally conflicted character so much! She totally got to me. I also love Sara’s character who truly is a phenomenal best friend. Evan, Emma’s boyfriend is wonderful, understanding and an all around terrific guy. These two people are Emma’s support system, along with their families and the connection was real and superbly written. I fell in love with these two in the first book, but this go around, it felt more like a family and that’s where great writing comes in to play. The writing for these two books was outstanding. The words flowed between the pages while the emotions poured out and flooded you. I loved all the little reveals that were sprinkled throughout this book that delved deep into Emma and her mother’s history as well as the surprises and hidden secrets with other characters, namely Jonathan and Evan. And the ending?!? Though not as earth shattering as book one, still left me wide eyed and completely thrown, all the while screaming “NOOOOO! This can’t be happening!” To say that I loved this book is an understatement. I can’t wait til book three to find out what happens next in this touchingly distressful yet compelling story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reason to Breathe and this book are very emotionally charged novels. I could not put them down. The story and charcters are so gripping, I found myself crying right along with them. I'm not sure I liked all of the decisions Emma made in this book, but I was still on her side knowing what she had been through. These books are not light reading, and I wouldn't recommend them for a younger teen, but highly recommend them. I can't wait for the next one!
glameri More than 1 year ago
Wao!! A very emotionally intense book. Finished book 1 ar 2:30am on a work day but had to get this one to see what happened because I was in shock. CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 3!! I might have a heart attack just because the anticipation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When will this be available for the Nook???? I am positive that this is a great book but, I can't fully rate it because I can't get it on my Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow......I couldn't put the book nook down.....the worst part is waiting for the last book! It grabs you, scares at times and warms your heart and makes you feel more than you want but here I am waiting for more info about the last book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please tell me there is a trilogy for Emma and Evan cause I can't accept that ending!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I get sooo attached to books, and I knew that I should read it....but I did; and it was awful, not because of the content, but because Rebecca Donovan makes you feel like this is your story, not just Emma's. By far my favorite book i've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book, along with the first one. I laughed and cried with the characters. It takes an exceptional person to write such a deep book! These books were nothing less than life changing!! I cannot wait until Out of Breath is released! I will be very upset when this series ends. Thumbs up to Rebecca Donovan for being brillant and realistic! PLEASE KEEP WRITING!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books were all consuming. I read both of them in three days. It was hard to stop thinking about these characters even at night. I am not close to being a teen but really enjoyed them. I hope the third one comes out soon and gives us and Emma some closure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! Emmas life is CRAZYYYY!!!! Well if you dont know if u should buy this...BUY IT..its the second book so just in case read reasons to breath before it! But if u read reasons to breath and not sure if u should go on with the rest on the series get this and read it!! Uggg i cant wait to get ...i think the 3 book is out of breath...i need it!!! I can wait any longer...its killing me...slowly and painfully everytime i think about it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved book #1 .....got it on my Nook and now I cannot get book #2 and #3 on Nook!!!! Very Dissappointed! I would rate book #1 5 stars but because I cannot get the other books on my Nook I am frustrated so I am giving only 3 stars because I am assuming it isn't Nooks fault but I hope they are trying to get them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this bookit absolutely amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Reason to Breathe ( I read it in about a day), so, wanting to find out what happened to Emma, I immediately bought Barely Breathing. I was once again impressed and captivated by this story. Rebecca Donovan is a truly amazing author. Some of Emma's decisions in this book frustrated me (at one point, I was yelling at the book), and I absolutely hated the way the story ended. What's gonna happen with Emma and Evan?!?!?! I can't wait for the third book to come out so I can know. (BTW, they should definitely make a movie) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
couldnt put it down! must read! also the first one! cant wait for the third!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Through this series i have become totally and completely addicted to, i felt everything emma felt! From her mind blowing love, to her soul crushing pain! IM ADDICTED! i cant wait for the third book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book...I didn't like the way it ended, it was too sad but I hope that book 3 has a happy ending for Emma & Evan or I'll be pissed! They deserve to have a happy ending....with each other!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book! Cannot wait for book 3! Where will Emma and Evan end up once and for all?????
Bookworm321AJ More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!!! This was a fantastic sequel to Reason to Breathe. It left me breathless. I just love the main characters. Once again there was such a range of emotion. I couldn't stop thinking about them. The endings to both books left me with a pain in my chest. Can't wait until the 3rd book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read both of these books; and cant wait for the third, Emma needs a happy ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing characters, loved this book.
KellyAnn22 More than 1 year ago
I love this series and can't wait until the 3rd installment! Rooting for Emma to get her happily ever after and I hope she does, but there are some good twists in the story! It really is full of angst, love and devotion!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING! Although one of the most heartbreaking books ive ever read i had to stop reading at some points to stop crying Rebecca Donovan is a very talented author i Cant wait for the 3rd book..this story had it all!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book holds onto you until the end and leaves you breathless, in tears and wanting more! I can not wait for the next in the series to find out what happens to Emma and Evan!