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Just Remember to Breathe
     

Just Remember to Breathe

4.4 87
by Charles Sheehan-Miles
 

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Alex Thompson's life is following the script. A pre-law student at Columbia University, she's focused on her grades, her life and her future. The last thing she needs is to reconnect with the boy who broke her heart.

Dylan Paris comes home from Afghanistan severely injured and knows that the one thing he cannot do is drag Alex into the mess he's made of his life.

Overview

Alex Thompson's life is following the script. A pre-law student at Columbia University, she's focused on her grades, her life and her future. The last thing she needs is to reconnect with the boy who broke her heart.

Dylan Paris comes home from Afghanistan severely injured and knows that the one thing he cannot do is drag Alex into the mess he's made of his life.

When Dylan and Alex are assigned to the same work study program and are forced to work side by side, they have to make new ground rules to keep from killing each other.

The only problem is, they keep breaking the rules.

The first rule is to never, ever talk about how they fell in love.

Editorial Reviews

Indie Bookshelf - Adriane Boyd
The story grabs hold of you and not let you go. I cried, I laughed, and I cried a little more...This book is too good to pass up, and I beg of you, please read it.
The Literary Review - C.M. Truxler
Just Remember to Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles is an enthralling love story that delves into the extremely relevant issues of Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome, Childhood abuse, and class-induced stereotypes. It is a poignant and sometimes emotionally overwhelming experience of both life and love

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988273603
Publisher:
Cincinnatus Press
Publication date:
11/28/2012
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive, and is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America's Future. Charles and his partner Andrea Randall live and write together in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Charles' books include:

The Thompson Sisters
A Song for Julia
Falling Stars
Just Remember to Breathe
The Last Hour
Girl of Lies (Rachel's Peril #1)

America's Future
Republic
Insurgent

Other Books:
Prayer at Rumayla
Saving the World on $30 A Day

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Just Remember to Breathe 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
bluesome_books More than 1 year ago
At some point while reading this book I paused and thought, "Wow.... this is really good - and the storyline is totally plausible... and there isn't any CRAZY just RIDICULOUS drama... and OMG there aren't any gratuitous (and repetitive!!) sex scenes... this book is kind of really freaking awesome!" It's around that time that I actually LOOKED at the author's name... and realized it was a man.  I loved that this book didn't give you emotional whiplash from the crazy highs and lows. I loved that the book dealt with real life misunderstandings, emotions, experiences, etc. I came away feeling connected with the characters and wanting to know where this family goes next. It is SUCH a nice change to finish a book and not feel like you just went on a roller coaster one time too many to still have found it an enjoyable experience. 
Reading-is-My-Treasure More than 1 year ago
Actual rating: 4.5 I’m a sucker for a great romance and that’s exactly what I got in this book. It wasn’t just that, though. It was a story of misunderstandings, guilt, strength, and commitment. First of all, bravo to this great author. Female authors seem to dominate the NA contemporary scene and Charles Sheehan-Miles is probably the only male author I’ve read of book of in this particular genre. He did a brilliant job in portraying both Alex and Dylan’s perspectives and in tying tough subjects into the story line, such as PTSD and sexual abuse.  He also did a fantastic job with building his characters. Alex was a very strong heroine. I admired how she wouldn’t settle for having her heart broken after Dylan had left her—not only once, but twice. She stood up for herself, and in result, pushed Dylan to be a stronger man and finally make a commitment in their relationship. He dealt with such a bad case of survivor’s guilt and I was so glad to see him make good progress in recovering. The process was ugly, but everything has to get that way before they get pretty—and pretty it did get.  Overall, this was a very well written and extremely romantic book. It had a few harsh elements, but they were blended in well with the rest of components that they didn’t seem to take over the entire story—the book wasn’t about those subjects. It just included them. I wasn’t expecting Just Remember to Breathe to be as great as it was. Actually, I started reading this book with hardly any expectations, neither negative nor positive.  I was pleasantly surprised, and I’ll have to check out A Song for Julia, which features Alex’s sister. I suggest others who can’t resist an absolutely romantic NA contemporary to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AN AMAZING BOOK THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ!
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
This book is a really powerful story.  Alex and Dylan broke up due to a misunderstanding.  The misunderstanding fuels the entire story. Add in the injuries that Dylan gets in Afghanistan and the issues of guilt and other things that Dylan has to learn to deal with from the war and the thought of restoring their relationship seems almost impossible. I have to say that I truly couldn’t put this book down. I really was so engrossed in Alex and Dylan’s story.  I know it was a fictional story, but I truly could see it happening.  We hear so many stories about the veterans returning from the war and the issues that they face. I think this book was a great portrayal of this. Besides that, this was a great story. I loved Alex and the emotion that she portrayed, and, honestly, I loved Dylan.  One of my favorite scenes is his reaction after they broke up.  This book is not light by any means, but by the same token, it is a great read.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
This story is told through dual POV's (Alex & Dylan). We meet Alex six months after she had a fight with her boyfriend and he walked out. She hasn't heard from him & is trying to move on with her life. We are introduced to Dylan (YES! the ex) who has had a hard childhood but was able to get his life together and joined the military. He was discharged after being terribly wounded in Afghanistan. He & Alex are forced to work together when they are both assigned to the same work study program. They both need the credit towards their scholarships and cannot leave the program. They decide that they need to find a way to work together & not let their feelings/memories get in the way. After spending a lot of time together they both admit that they still have feelings for each other. But will his injury, his guilt over events that happened during the war or his temper stand in their way? One of my favorite love stories. This is such a beautifully written love stories & I highly recommend it. Five starts aren't enough for this book! - I fell for him. I fell off a cliff. And I still haven't recovered.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Just Remember To Breathe is a poignant love story about second chances that simply takes your breath away. Alexandra "Alex" Thompson and Dylan Paris met three years ago on an exchange student program trip to Israel. There was a mutual attraction at first sight even though they come from very different backgrounds and opposite sides of the country, but the trip would forever change their lives. For two years they had an on/off long distance relationship that encompassed Alex's senior year in high school and first year of college at Columbia University, and Dylan serving in the Army in Afghanistan. During Alex's first year at Columbia University, a misunderstanding occurs between Alex and Dylan during their Skype date, and it results in a break up that leaves both of them heartbroken and shattered. When the new school year starts, Dylan is a wounded veteran registered at Coulmbia, he and Alex unexpectedly meet again at a work study assignment, they try to avoid one another but they are still drawn to each other. With an intense past relationship that ended with two broken hearts, and personal demons between them, can Alex and Dylan find a way to give their love another chance? Author Charles Sheehan-Miles weaves an emotionally intense and gut wrenching love story that pulls at the heartstrings. Written in the first person narrative in the present time with flashbacks to the past; with chapters alternating between the point of view of Alex Thompson and Dylan Paris; and richly descriptive settings in Israel, New York, Afghanistan and San Francisco; the reader gets swept away in a powerfully intense and palpable story about the complicated love relationship between two young adults from very different worlds. This intriguing story flows seamlessly as the reader connects with both Alex and Dylan as their story unfolds. You can't help but get drawn into their lives as Alex and Dylan gives the reader their perspective on the ups and downs of their relationship. This multi-layered storyline has enough drama, emotion, twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged and turning the pages. I loved that the storyline has Alex and Dylan dealing with various issues in their relationship: opposite attraction; different upbringing / rich v poor; alcoholism, drugs, rape; and devastating war injuries including PTSD and Brain Injury. The author does a wonderful job of providing flashbacks into their past history along with the present and other events that eventually lead up to a satisfying and  sweet romantic ending. With a cast of characters who are realistic, flawed, and easy to relate to;  a mixture of humorous and heart wrenching dialogue and interactions; and a storyline with enough emotional pull that you can feel the intensity of Alex and Dylan's love and agonizing turmoil in their relationship; Just Remember To Breathe is a wonderful love story that makes you believe in the power and beauty of second chances. Just Remember To Breathe is the first book in the Thompson Sisters series. While this book can be a stand alone read, to fully appreciate the Thompson sisters' stories, I would suggest you read the series in sequential order.
Rebecca_Berto More than 1 year ago
Boy. One of my favourites, everr. JUST REMEMBER TO BREATHE has been written to perfection from the easy language to the way that seemingly simple writing style grabs your heart, squeezes and then bursts you into millions of pieces. But then there's the romance, and it develops, not enhanced by hot sex. Don't expect to love this book only for the intimate moments. I loved this book for how much the pain got to me, for how much I could tell the guy, Dylan, and the girl, Alex felt for each other. And God, their intensity was so much more than sexual tension. They wanted each other fully in every way. I loved this book for the fact I loved the supporting characters (namely, Carrie and Sherman) as much as I adored the main characters, Dylan and Alex. And I waited. OMG, Charles Sheehan-Miles makes you agonise over wanting the couple to get together. This is a second-chance love story, after all, but God. The man can write. Which brings me to my final point: Charles is the author and he's also a man and he has also written one of my favourite contemporary romances, and has smashed the likeability in this book compared to so many other female romance writers. I don't know how he can write females so well, but if that was stopping you, you're silly for making this regrettable choice to not try JUST REMEMBER TO BREATHE. It's amazing! Quick to devour, yet deep, this novel will move you and give you a sweet romantic feeling. 5+ huge stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Managed to read this within three days! Would have loved an epilogue, but still a great book!
Hesperia_Loves_Books More than 1 year ago
I was utterly and completely blown away by this book. I had to remember to breathe, when I finished reading, because it was just that good! This is one of the most beautiful, powerful, emotional & heart-wrenching stories that I’ve read all year and it deserves it’s place on my 2012 Favorites list. Alternating Points of View & Timeline This book alternates between the two main characters, Dylan & Alex, points of view in the past and present. I LOVED this aspect and it really helped me to understand, identify, empathize with & love each of them. I truly don’t think the book would have been the same without both sides of their story being told, in the past & present. You see firsthand their feelings of love, heartache, frustration and despair - which made for a much more powerful and poignant story. Second Chance Romance I love, love, love an exceptional second chance romance story and, Just Remember To Breathe is definitely that. Dylan & Alex meet, while on an Ambassador Exchange trip to Israel, when they are both in high school. When they return home, the relationship continues even though they live on opposite coasts, but it’s very difficult. After a huge fight & break-up, Dylan decides to join the Army. From there, the relationship continues to deteriorate until it becomes irreparable - or so they think. Several years later, they find themselves in the same work study program at school. Hurt, anger and confusion cloud their interactions with each other. Their road back to each other is not easy, and it shouldn’t be. The issues they face are serious and very real. There were times when I wondered if they should even be together. However, Mr. Sheehan-Miles, did an amazing job of showing me just how wrong I was. Dylan’s PTSD One of my favorite types of hero is the man in uniform. I love all aspects of their personality - strength, protectiveness, pride, love of country, fierceness, etc. Most romances, that have this type of hero, play up the positive sides of living that life. And while that’s great, it was really refreshing to see the other side. The harsh reality that our soldiers live everyday while on the frontlines of war is unimaginable to me - until I read Dylan’s story. The overwhelming stress, anxiety and pain they are immersed in after returning home, often with survivor’s guilt, is unimaginable to me - until I read Dylan’s story. I’ve never been in the military, I’ve never known anyone who has served in war and returned home. But with Dylan’s story, my eyes were opened and they bled with tears of sorrow because now I know. Secondary Characters After reading this book, I can honestly say that, I want a book for just about every secondary character in it. Even though they were secondary, they all played a major role in Dylan & Alex’s story. They were fabulous & extremely well written and gave the book a more polished and well-rounded appeal. This was an unforgettable read for me and, one that I’ll end up re-reading many, many times. I just wish that we had been given an Epilogue. I became so invested in, and fell so hard for these characters, that I would have loved to have a glimpse into their future. This is a must read for anyone who loves a powerful story full of love & triumph, and doesn’t mind the bumps that it takes to get there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read! I couldnt put it down. The author did such a great job. I loved the plot and all of the emotion that was conveyed. Absolutely recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second chance love...healing...mistakes ..forgiveness
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Loved this book so much!! Beautifully written!!
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This book is not good. It is poorly written and the beginning is boring. I wish I could get a refund.
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Very well written book and held my interest. Not on my all time fav list but not a bad story!
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