Reason to Breathe

Reason to Breathe

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by Rebecca Donovan
     
 

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“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

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“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.

Editorial Reviews

Nerd Light Books
"I was hopelessly captivated by the story. "It’s the kind of book you can’t put down until you know the final resolution. It’s intense!"
Britta Kirk
"I cannot praise Rebecca Donovan more for being courageous enough to take on the unsettling subject of abuse with gusto."
Reading, Eating & Dreaming
"Reason to Breathe made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and almost made my heart beat out of my chest. This novel is powerful and emotional."
Marie Francis
"'Reason to Breathe' was a little bit heart-breaking, a little bit hopeful and all consuming. It's beautifully written and brutally believable."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477817148
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Breathing Series, #1
Pages:
466
Sales rank:
49,640
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Reason to Breathe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 456 reviews.
Nerd_Light_Books More than 1 year ago
Some days Emma is thrilled to be alive. Some days she struggles to find a reason to breathe. Emma Thomas is every parent's dream. She's an excellent student. She does her chores without complaint and helps with the younger kids at home. She's a star athlete and a talented artist. Her best friend, Sara, is one of the most popular girls in school. So why then does she live her life in a perpetual state of fear? Emma has a dark secret about which no one, not even Sara, knows the truth. Emma is not looking for someone to rescue her. She keeps a safe distance from those around her, never wanting anyone to get close enough to discover what she's hiding. She is barely coping with the terror, but telling someone the truth would have devastating consequences. Emma's plan is simple: survive the remainder of high school, go to college and never come back, stay "under the radar" at all costs. Emma lives her life virtually undetected by most of the people around her, or so she thinks until Evan Mathews comes along. Evan not only sees the invisible girl, he boldly pursues her, even though her defenses are numerous and fierce. Emma finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, but letting her guard down could mean losing more than she's willing to risk. She is faced with a choice between what she wants and what she believes is best. In her mind they are two completely different things. The escalating danger makes it that much harder to decide. Should she risk everything to find the happiness she never expected or stay safe in the stronghold of secrecy she's been building for so long? Rebecca Donovan is an enormously talented storyteller, and I'm not just saying that because she let me view this novel in its infancy. When she first asked me to read her work, I was nervous. I'm a fairly critical reader, and I didn't want to hurt her feelings. But there was absolutely no reason to worry because I was completely engrossed in the story after reading the first few pages. The story is an intense page turner from start to finish. Reason to Breathe is one of those rare stories where the love story is just as gripping as the danger. The reader wants so badly for Emma to find happiness. She's been denied any kind of love for so long, and Evan seems like the perfect person to offer that chance. But the reader also wants Emma to survive the story unscathed, and it quickly becomes clear that it will be next to impossible for Emma to have both happiness and safety. The antagonist in this story is so well written that the reader is put on edge by the malicious character's mere presence on the page. The main characters (and even some of the minor ones) are so consistent, so well thought out; they feel as if they're people you know. You could predict what they would do in a given situation. I was particularly drawn to the friendship between Emma and Sara. It feels very real, and it demonstrates the yin and yang connection that so many best friends have. It was very easy to believe in their bond; the two girls complement each other perfectly. One criticism I often have of teen books written in first person is that they don't really feel like a teen is the narrator. That is not the case with Reason to Breathe. I felt I was very much inside Emma's head. She second guesses herself. Sometimes she reads people incorrectly, and she misjudges the situations she's in fairly often. I could see things coming that she perhaps
JodyFL More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was really INTENSE! I went into it thinking it was about a sweet love story and it was but it is also about a girl suffering abuse at the hands of her Aunt. Emma is a great student and an extrodinary athelete in 3 different sports but has a horrible homelife. Her father died when she was really young and her mother became unable to care for her because of alcoholism. Emma has to move into her Uncle and Aunt's house. At the beginning of the story, Emma is extremely closed off and has only one friend because most of the time she tries to remain invisible. Emma's life is all about trying to get through High School in order to escape into college. She is determined to make it through the abuse for the sake of her small cousins. Her aunt is crazy, unpredicable, and cruel. Emma is forced to most of the housework, doesn't get enough to eat, and tries to go unnoticed at home. Then, Evan begins to notice her by commenting to her. Evan is new but has been in most of Emma's classes since the beginning of the year when he inserts himself into her life. I loved Evan's persistance and determination. Emma continues to push him away because she cannot have others find out her secret. She is hardly let out of the house and dating is absolutely out of the question. Even when Emma tells Evan that they can just be friends, he continues to disrupt her world. Evan and Emma have a sweet love that will have to loving Evan. I cried all the way through this book but couldn't seem to put it down. I was so moved by this story that I had to explain to my husband why I kept crying. It is not something I would have sought out to read but I am glad I read it. This is such a moving story about a fantastic girl caught up in an awful situation. I have to admit without spoiling it I hated the vagueness of the ending --I wanted my happy ever after--I live for that. I would recommend this book as a well written look at abuse and what it does to people. However, it is not for the faint of heart and I don't think I would recommend it for younger teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so amazed by how great this book turned out to be! I found it on the nook book store and I thought it sounded interesting but I never thought it would be as great as it was! THIS IS A MUST READ!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. The whole book was such a rush of emotions....sad, anxious, scared, love, and so many more. It really felt as if I were right there looking through Emma's eyes the while time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book last year and have been anxiously waiting for the sequel. This book stays with you, after i read i couldnt let it go i wanted to know what happens. I have checked Rebecca Donovans blog regularly to get updates on the sequel. It is due to release this may! I am sure it wont dissapont and there is going to be another book after that so a triology! This book is wonderful but keep in mind the ending will leave you wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it ... sadly i can relate it to it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a similiar childhood as Emma. I could relate to a lot of feelings and events that Emma felt and went through. I wanted to cry for her and fight for her so many times. I can't wait for the final book to be released. I believe if these books were to become popular enough they could be made into movies.
Donna Pena More than 1 year ago
Wow , leaves you wanting more -- speechless . Although the ending left me kinda upset i loved the book ,
mavandcody More than 1 year ago
This book is sad and wonderful at the same time. Can't wait for the next one to come out.
arriane More than 1 year ago
This book is the best that I've read so far this year. It had a combination of pain, love, deceit, and trust. There is going to be a 2nd book but I don't know when it will come out. I instantly fell in love with this book and have to reread it every month. If you are contemplating buying this book, do it. You will not regret it, I swear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
BookAddicted More than 1 year ago
Never been so frustrated or moved by a character much less the entire book! Donovan really did make it all real and painful, but managed to pull Emma through in the most realistic ways. Bravo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
absolutely loved it! if you read "Hopeless" you will definitely like this book. its painful but full of love and hope and spirit. I couldn't put it down! can't wait to read the second one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its really good u wont regret reading it!! And when ur done reading the first book read the second one ( barely breathing) its even better than the first one. Buy the book its not a waste of money !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. when is book three coming out?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! A sad and depressing story but its great to watch the main character Emma grow and stand up for herself. I got so into this book that I felt every emotion she went through. It was so easy for me to just sit down for hours and get lost in this book. It keeps you guessing about what will happen next and makes you wonder what will be waiting for poor Emma each time she goes home. I guarentee you will like the book, but hate the aunt by the end. I highly recommend this book and I will be reading the second one, Barely Breathing, for sure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book would be great if it wasnt for all the useless information that is given. I found myself skipping over parts because they where not important to the story. And i had to make myself finish the book. I didnt get hooked like i thought i would. I do not think ill be reading the 2nd book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was an awful ending. I could not stop crying...why could'nt she write a happy ending after all Emily went through. OMG!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holy crap! This book seriously tuggs at your heartstrings! The characters are so real and you can feel the obvious passion through main character, Emma's, eyes. Absolutely recommended for anyone looking for a quick and easy read that will leave you begging for more! It is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i can't wait for the last book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book from start to finish- and was kept interested the entire book! Have recommended it already to friends and family! I don't know if I've ever been effected by a book like this one. Excited to finish the series!
JoannieC More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, could not put it down! Just disappointed that the 3rd one is not out yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so intense and moving that I was unable to put it down. I had so many emotions; humor, love, anxiety, gut wrenching fear, and so much sorrow. I found myself hoping for that silver linning, but some how I knew it deep down that it was not meant to be. This book is worth every cent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book...couldn't put it down. Amazing characters that you fall in love with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read.... you will go through so many emotions reading this book. Read this book you wont regret it. Cant wait for book three!!!!!