"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 L. Armentrout
Annie is running from her past and from grief, but is she ready to move on?
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 mindand 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.
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TODAY'S DISTANCE: 5 MILES
Six Months Until the Country Music Marathon
As a kid, I had the worst mile time ever.
Our gym teacher made us run the mile a few times a year for something called the Presidential Fitness Test. I'd huff and puff and wonder why the hell President Bush cared how fast I could run laps around the playground. I always came in dead last.
Most of the boys could run a mile in eight or nine minutes. The girls usually came in around ten. And there I was, scooting in at over thirteen minutes. Truth be told, running bored the hell out of me. I'd rather have been doing word problems.
Today, I'm running five miles along the Little Duck River. If I finish, this will be the farthest I've ever run. I know I'll finish-there's no way I can give up.
Because I'm doing this for him.
At mile 3.5, my running coach rides up next to me on his bike. Matt Brown is twenty-four and owns a program that trains people to run marathons. Some people on my team are running because it's a lifelong dream, some want to lose weight, and the others, like me, haven't told anyone why they're doing this.
"How's it goin', Annie?" Matt asks.
"Oo-kkay." Great. The lack of air is making me stutter. I can't breathe.
"You're Jordan's friend, right?"
If you consider the school's new football coach my friend. "She s-signed me up for your program, y-yeah."
He hops off his bike and pushes it along beside me. I can't believe he walks as fast as I run. "You need anything? Water? Tylenol? Vaseline?"
He shrugs. "Yeah, for chafing. Are you having any issues?"
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine a man would ask if I'm chafing. "No, thanks."
I shuffle, one foot after the other, trying to run like Matt taught me at the beginning of today's session. Keep my toes facing forward. Move my arms back and forth. Breathe in through my nose, out through my mouth. Pain pierces my side.
"What's your pace so far today?"
I glance at my new watch, tempted to lie and say I'm doing nine-minute miles. "About twelve minutes a m-mile."
"Not bad. When you're doing these long runs on the weekend, make sure you run your miles a minute slower than you usually do on your short runs."
I can't imagine going any more slowly than this, but I nod as Matt climbs back aboard his bike. "See you at the finish line."
I must've accidentally inhaled glue or something when I signed up for the Country Music Marathon.
I'm at 4.5 miles.
In through my nose, out through my mouth.
In through my nose, out through my mouth.
Point my toes.
Check my watch. I've slowed to a 14-minute mile. I'm going about as fast as that cloud, lazily inching across the blue sky. Half a mile to go.
A gorgeous woman with olive-toned skin, bouncy brown curls, and a pink ID bracelet jogs up next to me. Matt makes everybody on our team wear the bracelets so he can identify us and get in touch with our emergency contacts just in case.
"Damn. Our coach is fine."
"Maybe that's the point," I reply, sucking in a breath. "He trains us by making us chase after him."
The lady chuckles. "You're probably right." She speeds up and within the minute, I can't see her anymore. Not a surprise. Every time I start running, I get a great lead, but then it's like a parachute opens behind me.
Swaying willow trees and trickling water lead me along the dirt path back toward my car, which is parked at the mouth of the Little Duck. Today's run is peaceful, but not boring. Considering how much stuff I have to think about, like drinking the right amount of water, looking for mile markers, and studying my watch, there's not much time left to obsess about graduation, or college, or him.
Instead, I can focus on this new CamelBak water-hydration device I'm wearing like a backpack. It kind of looks like a bong. I slip the plastic tube in my mouth and sip some water, pretending I'm taking a hit. Kyle would laugh at how ridiculous I'm being.
Stop thinking about him. Stop already.
Breathe in, breathe out.
I bet that when I start the longer distances this summer, running upward of fifteen to twenty miles on a Saturday morning, I'll have even more stuff to obsess over to distract me. Like chafing and Vaseline and continent-sized blisters.
One foot after the other. In through the nose, out through the mouth. I inhale the springy smell of dandelions. They dot the grass like gold coins.
"On your left!"
A boy streaks by me, running backwards. He settles directly in front of me and goes even faster. Wow, he has such vivid light blue eyes-I nearly lose my footing at the sight of them.
"Are you freaking kidding me?" I gasp.
He grins and slows to a jog. "What?"
I look for his pink bracelet, and finding none, I blurt, "You're running faster than me and I'm going forward!"
"So speed up then!"
What an ass.
"C'mon." He tosses his head from side to side, acting like one of those macho guys on a cheesy exercise show. "Let's go. Faster now. Work it out, girl! Let's go."
I flip him the bird. He throws his head back and laughs.
"Stop that!" I say.
"Stop what? Laughing at you?"
"Running backwards. It's unsafe."
"No it's not. Besides, I have to. I'm training for the RC Cola Moon Pie ten-miler. I'm running it backwards this year."
My mouth falls open. It shocks me that 1) he's running a race backwards; 2) it's named after RC Cola and Moon Pies; and 3) he's running a ten-mile race more than one time.
The guy has messy, light brown hair, seriously muscular arms and legs, and an outline of his abs peeks through his thin white Delta Tau Kappa tee. Is he in a frat?
Even though I usually can't hear Southern accents, I notice his. One time when I was little, my mom, brother, and I took a road trip to Chicago. Everywhere we stopped to eat, waitresses kept telling me I had the most darling accent. That's how I know people in Tennessee have an accent even if I can't hear it; it's weird I can pick up on the twangy countryness in his voice.
He keeps shuffling backwards. Our eyes meet, then he checks me out. It's been a while since a boy has straight up stared at me. His gaze trails over my long, strawberry blond hair tied up in a ponytail, to my legs, and then settles on my pink bracelet. He smiles at it.
"See ya." He increases his cadence, continuing in reverse. I glance down at my watch. I bet he's running eight-minute miles. And he's doing it fucking backwards.
Being pissed at Running Backwards Boy carries me for another couple minutes.
But soon I'm alone again. Just me and the sky. Kyle's grin flashes in my mind.
A quarter mile more.
One foot after the other.
Breathe, Annie, breathe.
For all of last year, Kyle had been training to run the Country Music Marathon in Nashville.
Every Saturday, he would jog anywhere between five to twenty miles as he worked his way up to the full twenty-six. All throughout his training runs, I would drive to different meet-up points along the trail and give him water so he could stay hydrated. Month after month, mile after mile, I was there with an energy bar, a smile, and a kiss.
During one run, I brought him chilled Gatorade at mile ten. "I love that dress, babe," he said, gulping his drink so fast the orange liquid trickled down his chin and onto his white shirt. "What do you call that color again? Perihinkle?"
He grinned and took another sip. "Like I said, periwinkle. Can I have a kiss? To get me through the last five miles?"
"You're all sweaty and gross!"
He pulled me to his chest. "You don't care."
And he was right. I kissed him long and slow, running my hand over his buzzed blond hair, then patted his butt to make him start running again. He finished his fifteen-mile run easily that day and kept up his training over the next couple months.
But Kyle only made it to twenty miles before I lost him.
And then he was gone, and snow covered the leaves, and then sun melted the snow, and all my regrets aside, I couldn't stand that all that training was for nothing.
He never got to run a marathon, which had been his dream since he'd started running track in middle school. He couldn't get the idea out of his head.
So early one Saturday morning, I tied on my sneakers and went to the school track. Kyle had told me four laps around equaled a mile, and during his training, he ran about a bazillion miles, so I knew I had to start logging some huge distances if I was going to do the race on his behalf.
But during my first run, I only made it around the track twice before the cool February air burned my lungs and throat, and my shins felt like somebody had kicked soccer balls at them for hours. I rested my hands on my knees and spit onto the pavement, tears clouding my eyes. Two fucking laps? That's all I could do? I quickly did the math-a marathon is the equivalent of 104 laps around the track!
On wobbly legs, I hobbled toward my car, passing the new football coach, who was setting up little orange cones for drills. Guys at school were still cursing the Sports Gods because the school board had hired a woman to coach football, and the girls wouldn't stop talking about how hot her boyfriend was-we had all sneaked a peek at the picture of him on her desk, but that's not what I was thinking as I passed Coach Woods.
She must've seen me horribly running those two laps. She knew how pathetic I was, that I would never be a runner. That I could never finish what my boyfriend had started.
I turned the ignition, my engine rumbling and groaning to a start, and got the hell out of there before anyone else saw me. After that first run, I didn't expect to go back. But I couldn't stop thinking that Kyle needed me to finish it for him.
The next Saturday, I went to the school track even earlier-the sun was barely up-so I could run without anyone else around. And Coach Woods was already there doing sprints and exercises of her own!
Up and down the fifty-yard line, she did high kicks and lunges and sprints. She waved at me, and I started running horribly again-like an ape in a zoo, flailing my arms and legs.
I finished two and a half laps, then knelt on the grass, wheezing, working to keep the tears from falling. And Coach Woods sat down beside me, tossing a football to herself. She was my health class teacher, but we hadn't talked much, at least not about anything except the usual mortifying health class topics-safe sex and bodily changes and the importance of flossing.
"Are you trying out for the track team next week?" she asked.
"Then what are you doing out here?" She looked me straight in the eye, and I kind of hated her for that. I didn't want anyone to know I was attempting to run, especially not the best athlete our school's ever seen. Coach Woods used to play football here when she was my age. Unless you count chicken fighting in a pool or beer pong, I had never played sports. If people knew I was training to finish the marathon on Kyle's behalf and I ended up failing miserably, I would feel more lost than I already did.
"I'm not a bad runner," Coach Woods said. "Well, I used to be a lot better than I am now, but I still know the basics. Can I help?"
She stared at me expectantly until I admitted, "I'm training for a marathon, okay?"
"Okay." We sat in silence. I counted as she tossed the football up and down, up and down, twelve times. I waited for her to laugh in my face. But she didn't. She stood up with the ball, launched it down the field, and we watched as it bounced to a stop beside the goal post.
She nodded once at me. "I'm not sure I could ever run a marathon. That's a big commitment, and I have no idea how to train for one... But one of my friends might be able to help you."
That's longer than the drive to Nashville.
Kyle would've been upset if he'd known how I spent most of my senior year: eating lunch alone, wearing his flannel shirt to sleep every night while I cried, watching movies alone at the drive-in. I wanted to do something that would make him proud. Something to honor who he was.
I told Coach Woods, "I want to run the Country Music Marathon in October."
She knew a guy who trained people to run marathons and triathlons and any kind of race, really. Matt's program isn't cheap. I picked up more waitressing hours at the Roadhouse, so I could pay for my training, the entrance fee for the October marathon, new sneakers, a watch, athletic clothes, and the water-hydration device that could double as a bong.
And here I am, running every Saturday morning.
Running for him.
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A must read if you are a runner. Everything Annie goes through is easy to relate to and you'll find yourself cheering her on as she trains. I like that she struggles with her training and doesn't give up.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by author Miranda Kenneally was a read that I was a bit hesitant going into. I had never read any of her other works though I had heard good things. After reading and finishing the novel I can say that it totally exceeded my expectations. This was a great summer read and I want to see more from Kenneally in the future. Annie is practicing for a marathon. Why? To honor her dead boyfriend’s memory and participate in the marathon he was going to be in. There’s only one problem: Annie hates running. Hates it a lot but she’ll pull through that dislike for the marathon. She’s gotten herself a membership at a gym that comes with a personal trainer whose job is to make sure that she’s in perfect condition for the marathon. And that’s how she meets backwards-running Jeremiah who is sweet, kind and more than a little bit sexy. The more time that Annie spends with Jeremiah the more she begins to wonder if her heart has healed and if she can open herself up to falling in love again. Breathe, Annie, Breathe has a strong start and doesn’t let that pacing stop for a moment. I have to admit that I was a bit iffy considering that after only a few conversations with Jeremiah, Annie does something that had me shaking my head (and realizing that this novel is totally upper YA) but it does get better. Breathe, Annie, Breathe is funny and romantic and dramatic all at the same time. It’s a cute read that’s emotional and makes for a perfect combination for a summer read. The characters in Breathe, Annie, Breathe are all unique. No two characters are alike. Annie is our protagonist and being in her head is an original experience. As somebody who also hates running and forces herself to do it, seeing that Annie is the exact same, made it really easy to relate to her. Then there’s Jeremiah—Annie’s romantic interest and the boy who is trying to break down her walls. I loved him. He was a very realistic character. Nothing about him was forced. It felt like he was real. The entire cast of characters is broad and various, I don’t think anybody could pick up Breathe, Annie, Breathe and find themselves unable to relate to at least one of the characters. Romance plays a big part in Breathe, Annie, Breathe. Part of the novel focuses on Annie’s relationship with her deceased boyfriend, Kyle, and gives major feels. With his character not being present in any of the story as it happens we see most of him in flashbacks. Then we have the romance with Jeremiah. It’s a very slow-burn/organic romance. It starts with them in a very steamy situation and slowly grows to them just being friends and then into their romance. The relationship between Jeremiah and Annie was probably one of my favorite parts of the novel. Kenneally’s writing is lighthearted and very fitting for a first-person novel told from the point of view of a teenage protagonist. It’s smooth and constantly grabs at your attention. I was instantly reminded of Jennifer Armentrout’s in-character writing style. Fans of her work and her writing should definitely be reading Breathe, Annie, Breathe. Just saying. I would recommend Breathe, Annie, Breathe to readers who are big fans of YA contemporary, readers who are looking for a novel that is all about summer romance and overcoming obstacles from the past, and to any readers who are just looking for a novel that they won’t be able to put down. Readers who want a novel that is motivational should check Breathe, Annie, Breathe out. Any readers who have read Kenneally’s past works and have had their interests piqued by this review should probably get this novel as soon as possible. You don’t want to miss it.
I was excited to have an opportunity to join this blog tour for Breathe, Annie, Breathe since I've read many of Miranda Kenneally's other books in the Hundred Oaks series and enjoyed them. But Annie was one that stood out to me since it was about a girl learning to run - a hobby I've dabbled in for the past year. This latest book from Miranda is one of my favourites because it is a sentimental story both in how it shows Annie as she deals with her grief and as she moves forward in her life. Reasons to Read: 1. Annie is a complex, engaging main character: Annie is engaging because of how real she seemed to me - flaws and all. She's brave for opting to run a marathon in memory of her deceased boyfriend, but her journey isn't a smooth one. Annie has to devote herself to her training, and proves herself to be one of the most hard-working and dedicated characters I have ever read. 2. Spirited romance: I cannot explain in one little review how much I adore Jeremiah! He's a very different type of person from Annie, and from many of the other Hundred Oaks love interests. But he is easily my new favourite! He's a tad reckless, but he's fairly well-balanced with his thoughtful personality and (somewhat reluctant) maturity. He's clearly caught in this young adult phase of his life where he's really starting to grow up and take on more responsibility, yet he still has this more youthful facet with cheesy jokes and impulsive decisions. The two of them, together, have crackling chemistry that lifts right off the pages. 3. Annie's grueling marathon training: I love that Miranda included all the dirty details on marathon training - it definitely isn't pretty at times. As an occasional runner myself, I found myself either readily relating to some of Annie's experiences or reading in fascination of what I could expect should I ever decide to run a marathon (which is unlikely right now). The story is rich for this reason alone, with the added benefit of characters with their own stories to share. The only part that I felt could have used a bit more (or perhaps stronger) development was Jeremiah's revelation about his past choices and current situation. It seemed that there were hints of more going on than we were first told, but it was left open-ended. This could have more to do with my interpretation of the dialogue and writing, rather than any writing error. Breathe, Annie, Breathe is a beautiful story of one girl desperately trying to come to terms with the death of someone who was very close to her. Annie has to come to terms with her own guilt and future, and I loved that this took place with her marathon training as a tool. E-galley received from Raincoast Books via NetGalley for review; no other compensation was received.
I'm not entirely sure why I waited so long to read the rest of the books in Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series, but after my binge-read a couple weeks ago I'm totally kicking myself. I'm also happy I decided to read them when I did because they fit my mood perfectly and were a great break from my recent trend of reading mostly new adult and adult contemporary romance. It's tough to put my feelings about this book into words – and I know my review won't do this book justice – but I'm gonna give it a go anyhow. :) Breathe, Annie, Breathe is Annie's story. (You don't say?) Annie's training to run a marathon in honor of her late boyfriend. She's going to run the miles he never had a chance to before he was killed in an accident. She channels her guilt and anger into running and uses that, along with her determination, to do what she wasn't sure she would ever be able to. It's not easy. But with the help of some familiar Hundred Oaks faces, she keeps going. All the while learning a little more about herself, and what she wants out of life. Annie was a fantastic heroine. She was mature far beyond her 17 years and she found her way into my heart early on in the book. Her struggle was so real. I felt like my own heart was going to crack wide open as she not only dealt with the guilt and anger over Kyle's death, but tried to reconcile the feelings she was having for Jeremiah, Matt's (of Things I Can't Forget fame) brother. She was dealing with a lot of conflicting emotions and I was right there with her the entire time. She was young and had her whole life ahead of her, but Kyle didn't. Can she find the strength and determination to keep going – not just in running, but in all ways? I loved Jeremiah just about as much as I loved Annie. He was such a sweet guy. His addiction to extreme sports and constant search for a rush made him a pretty strong contrast to Annie, but somehow they were a perfect match. The chemistry between them was through the roof. I loved how Jeremiah and his brother teamed up to help push Annie when she needed it most. Honestly, I just loved Annie and Jeremiah together. Their relationship was real and treated as such. Which, after all, is one of my favorite things about all of Miranda's books. She's not afraid to tackle real issues teens face and talk about them. I'm a firm believer that anything that opens a positive dialogue is a good thing. Her books do this. Breathe, Annie, Breathe was a gorgeous story about one girl's determination to live after a horrible tragedy. The writing was phenomenal. The feels were real. It wasn't always pretty, but it was raw and emotional. Even just thinking about it now, I want to go back and reread it. And, I just may. It was that good. I'm fortunate to have a review copy of the next book in the Hundred Oaks series, Jesse's Girl. Believe me when I say I won't be putting this one off. I'm in love with all things Hundred Oaks and plan to read it very soon. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Amazing story. I love this book and I love this author. I cannot wait for her next book!
I absolutely loved Breathe, Annie, Breathe. It is now my favorite book by Miranda Kenneally. The writing in Breathe, Annie, Breathe, the plot line, and the emotional depth had me so invested in this book, I chocked up and teared up several times while reading it. Briefly, this book is about Annie and she's training to run a 26.2 mile marathon on behalf of her boyfriend who passed away. Her boyfriend was training to run for it before he passed away and she felt that she needed to do this for him, to finish what he wasn't able to finish. I just.. Annie felt so much and in turn I felt so much through this book. We get flashbacks of their past and I was pretty much teary eyed through every flashback. I loved this idea so much; it isn't just a fluffy contemporary, it really is much more. I loved Annie, that is a given. I felt all of Kenneally's characters in this book to be so realistic and very developed. It is hard to love a character that never really showed up in a book but I did. I loved Kyle so much to the point that I had my own little crying fest about wishing that I knew him before he died (I pretty much turned them into real life people). Also, the plot was very realistic. Annie's boyfriend passed away, but when she met someone new, no one gave her dirty looks or called her unfaithful. I've read more than a book that did just that and I was perplexed as to what did the people expect of the girl? to turn into a nun? Which is where Jeremiah enters (not to further the nun idea, but the new love interest one). Their first encounter was hilarious! It was in the excerpt that I read months ago and it pretty much made this book one of my most anticipated books of 2014. He is so funny, hilarious, charming, cocky, but at the same time he wasn't perfect. He was a guy and sometimes said things that he really shouldn't have. I still liked him. I sometimes felt that I was betraying Kyle by liking him but I was able to get past that, alongside Annie. They started out as friends and I loved their progression as friends to something more. It was natural and not rushed.I feel like I need a whole paragraph dedicated to Annie and her running. The dedication this girl had was unbeatable. Also, it showed that Kenneally really did her research when it came to training and running for a marathon and the struggles someone doing that would generally get. I especially loved the logs at the end of each chapter and just the whole training process. It really made me want to try running a marathon (not a 26 mile one!). It was also nice seeing Matt as her trainer as well as all the other characters from the previous four books. One thing worth mentioning is that Breathe, Annie, Breather is more mature than her other books in that the love interest is in his 20s. I loved that because now I don't seem weird since I won't be crushing on a minor (haha). This is my favorite book by Miranda Kenneally and it is very emotional, deep, and raw. I recommend it to all contemporary fans out there.
I love all of Miranda's books and she never dissappoints amd this is no exception! Cant wait for her next! I do wosh it told how annie finished
Breathe, Annie, Breathe, is a story about taking risks, learning to love again and finding yourself in the process. I had the privilege of reading a very early version of this, something I'm still smiling about! One of the reasons I enjoy Miranda Kenneally's books so much is because of her writing style, it's clean, crisp and easy to follow. The other is because she gives us characters who are wonderfully human, perfectly flawed and easily releatable, and Annie and Jeremiah are no different. Breathe, Annie, Breathe, is a story about taking risks, learning to love again and finding yourself in the process. Annie is trying to find a way to deal with her grief, having lost her boyfriend Kyle not too long ago, and Jeremiah is working to repair his relationship with his family. He's an adrenaline junkie who thrives off of taking risks and looking for the next high, even if it means he ends up hurt. Their attraction to each other is palpable right from the start and even though Jere is by Annie's side both in and out of training, it's easy to understand why she's afraid to move past the "Friendzone" with him. Doing so would mean putting herself and her heart on the line again, something Annie isn't sure she can do. But life is full of risks, you just have to decide which ones are worth taking. As with the other books in her Hundred Oaks series, Breathe, Annie, Breathe, can be read as a stand alone, BUT, it's a lot more fun to read the previous books first, because Sam Henry and Matt Brown especially since some of those characters appear in this one. One in particular had me seriously considering training for a marathon, but then I remembered: A) I hate to run. Unless, of course, Matt Brown was at the finish line holding the next Hundred Oaks book, then I would make an exception. B) The 5k I ran a few years ago nearly killed me. (Not really, but it sure felt like it.) C) I couldn't actually hire him to train me because Matt Brown is fictional. *pouts* And then there is Jeremiah Brown... We're first introduced to Jere as Matt's younger brother in, Things I Can't Forget, and I never had any doubt that I would love him like I do Sam, Will, Matt and Jack, but after Breathe, Annie, Breathe, I don't just love him, I LIGHTENING BOLT Jeremiah Brown! So much so, Andi from Andi's ABCs and I decided to have buttons made before BEA this year. I may not have been able to relate 100% to Annie's desire to run a marathon, but I could totally relate to Jere's need for adventure. I like adventure too, I'm just a little more safe selective about mine. For example, I'm terrified of heights, but I love to ride roller coasters, the faster the better, and I even jumped out of an airplane a couple of years ago. But you will not get me on a Ferris Wheel. Ever. Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an excellent addition to the Hundred Oaks series and I'm really looking forward to where these characters take us next!
I loved this book it had two of my favorite things boys and running, annie is so down to earth and she thinks how the average teen girl does every day, I loved this book and if anyone gives it below 5 stars there is somthing totally wrong with them or they didn't read it
First and foremost I will state of the bat that I was lucky enough to read a very, very early draft version of this book that was sent to me by the author. I say this because I want it clear that the opinion I have on this book was not swayed by any shape or form by the opportunity to be a BETA reader. These thoughts are my thoughts and my thoughts alone. With that out of the way I can tell you that Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the MOST FANTASTIC book that Miranda Kenneally has ever written. It had emotion and a beautiful story and fantastic writing. It had all the things I have come to expect from a Kenneally book but on a level that was different from her other books. Breathe, Annie, Breathe is definitely a heavier subject since it deals with death and guilt and being left behind, but Kenneally hit it out of the park with this one and showed the depth of her writing. Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the story of, you guessed it, Annie. Annie is training to run a marathon to honor her boyfriend who unexpectedly died. Filled with anger and sadness and guilt, Annie decides to honor Kyle’s memory and to do the thing he dreamed of doing and never did, run all 26 miles. With the help of some familiar faces (see the first books in the Hundred Oaks series) Annie begins training and trying to start a life that doesn’t involve Kyle. What Annie didn’t expect though was the attraction she feels to her trainer’s younger brother Jeremiah. And as Annie and Jere get closer Annie has to make a decision just where she wants her life to actually go. This book is really hard to put into words to show how really good it is. What I can say is that it was really poignant. My heart just broke for Annie. Here she was this 17 year old girl that had her whole life to look forward to. She was going to college and was going to make something of herself. And the rug was pulled right under her when her boyfriend died. Sure she was still going to go to college and have a career, but Kyle was supposed to be by her side for all of it and then he was just gone. I can’t imagine what that would be like at my age never mind for a 17 year old that thinks her boyfriend is the be all and end all of her life. Even feeling so lost Annie did the one thing she could think of and that was to run because that was what Kyle liked to do and had dreamed of running a full marathon. Actually the running was what I really admired about Annie because it ended up symbolizing two things. It symbolized her love for Kyle and it symbolized her having enough guts to keep on going even when the wind was knocked out of her. And in a weird way it was Kyle telling her it was okay to move on in the direction of college and life. And he brought her to Jeremiah who changed her in a way she never saw coming. Ah, Jeremiah Brown. What do I even say about him??!! I loved him for the brief time we saw him in Things I Can’t Forget so I was over the moon when I found out he was the “hot Kenneally boy” (that is a technical term!) in Breathe, Annie, Breathe. And trust me when I say hot he was. But he was also really sweet and patient and caring. He was pretty much a typical boy with his competitiveness and his need for a rush, but he also took thought when it came to other people’s fears and worry for him. And he was the PERFECT counterpart for Annie. She was terrified of losing someone else she loves so she held back, especially after learning about his love of extreme sports and danger. But Jere was also able to teach Annie a lot more about herself through his love of the rush. Basically they had major chemistry and that is all I’m going to say about that. Simply put, Breathe, Annie, Breathe was phenomenal. I’ve now read it twice and it got even better the second time which was hard to do. Kenneally put her heart and soul into this book and wrote a winner. It was one of those books that I just laughed and cried and smiled and sniffled over. It was 100% Miranda Kenneally and it was 100% awesome. Can’t wait for her next masterpiece.
Love all the series, I love the author and great storyline. Any teenage girl would love this book and all the series.
I really enjoyed this, although that isn't much of a surprise. Miranda Kenneally writes sporty, smart, conflicted girls like nobody else, and I love everything she writes. However, my favorite thing about BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE wasn't Annie's struggle to move on from the relationship that defined her teenage years, or her struggle to train for and run a marathon because the boy she loved and lost never got the chance. It was the awesomely sex positive nature of the whole story. Annie hooks up with Jeremiah early on, and though she battles her own guilt and her own doubts about whether she made a mistake, nobody else ever shames her for it. Not her brother, who's protective but not overly so, and not her friends. All of these girls are fooling around and falling in love, and they talk about it like it's totally normal because it is. They support each other's relationships, practice tough love when they need to, and get so excited when things work out for each other, which is so freaking great. I'm always here for teenage girls building friendships and building each other up. The only thing that made this a four star book instead of a five star book for me was the feeling that Jeremiah's adrenaline junkie tendencies were never fully developed. I appreciated that he didn't have some big, tumultuous back story influencing his risk-taking, but it was still obvious from page one that his behavior wasn't healthy. And much as I enjoyed his relationship with Annie, I never really bought the idea that his instant attraction to her would be enough to overcome his need for an adrenaline rush. Then again, it's only because these characters were so vivid and so real that I wanted to know them better, and other readers may feel differently. Either way, this book is still contemporary YA at its best.
This book was too good. I was glad when Annie finally gave Jeremiah a chance. I like how Miranda has the other characters from the other books in the story. As grown up. :D good story.
This book was good. Six months after her boyfriend dies in a car accident, Annie is training to run a marathon in his honor. She's signed up for a group program run by this guy Matt when she meets his younger brother, Jeremiah. It was one of those stories where the love interest is supposedly bad news. Jeremiah is an adrenaline junky, and since Annie is obviously nervous about losing someone else she cares about, so it causes some conflict. I thought they were a cute couple. I liked Annie, and I loved reading about her training. She is tougher than she realizes, and the reactions her body had to all of the physical exertion were very accurate. They were based on Miranda's own training for a marathon earlier in her life. There is also a fun mix of girl friends, with some associated drama, and their boys. During the book she's also moving away to college. I liked those parts of the story as well. Annie's mother and brother are present and add to the story's depth. Overall, this book was fun and entertaining, but I don't think it will stick with me. I enjoyed Miranda's writing, so I may have to check out some of the other Hundred Oaks books. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/06/book-review-breathe-annie-breathe-ya.html
I liked Annie as a character and her determination. She is dealing with a lot of grief and perceived guilt. She feels like if she would have done things differently, her ex, Kyle would still be alive, and they could have still been together. There was strained family dynamics in this one. Annie and her mom had a big fight and she had projected her guilt on her mom and blamed her that if she didn't push her goals of college on Annie, that she could have said yes to the proposal. At least Annie and her brother is close. She doesn't let any of them talk about her loss, and try to suggest ways to heal or what she should do. The running was interesting. I am much like Annie in that I hate to run, never done it well or had the desire to do it. But the regimen of it started to appeal to Annie. She didn't have to worry about what to do with her time, and she found herself looking forward to the running, and the challenge of it. She is very conflicted about a new person, a boy, in her life. She feels guilt for having feelings for someone else and thinks its too soon, and also taking over her reason for running. To finish what Kyle couldn't do but put so much time into the training and goal of completing the marathon, But I did enjoy the exploration of the romantic feelings with Jere, and how he helped her to face some things, to realize more about taking chances even with the chance of loss or getting hurt. I will mention that while I loved the heat in this one, it is a bit descriptive with foreplay etc, so if you are sensitive to that sort of thing. I liked how it came together and left the book with a sense of completion but also hope for their happiness and what's next for the characters. Bottom Line: Another good one from this series
Me and Annie started on the wrong foot, 30% in on the book and I was flying through this book but couldn't really get a read of her character and feelings, also the romance started with some instalust - which I think is fine and natural but it wasn't my ideal scenario when one of the parts of the romance is grieving, I thought "no, this is too soon, maybe I'll be the black sheep and Kenneally' books won't work for me". I was wrong, very very wrong. Annie grew on me as a character, she is extremely determined and has so much to overcome on this book, until this 30% we basically got a view of her problems: the lack of friends, her difficult relationship with her mother and her fight against her desires and her guilt from moving on with her boyfriend. It was great to see her growing as an individual person and finding out who she was without being a girlfriend, this was why the instalust gave a bad feeling at first - Annie first needed to find herself before going to another relationship. Of course Jeremiah is the perfect guy, he has some issues of his own to figure out and Annie does help him, but he also gave Annie her time and his friendship which was something necessary for her growth. Their romance was beyond, just beyond. They had an incredible chemistry right from the beginning, their first scene already made me laugh out loud and see their develop a friendship was heaven, it made me ship them more and more throughout the book so when they finally got together was very, very shippy. We had a lot of family presence, we got to know (or re-know for those who read the other books maybe? Idk) Jeremiah's family and I have to say that the scene with his PopPop was one of my favorites, was definitely the one that I laughed out loud most - their banter was gold! I would have liked more the presence of Annie's Mother, their issues kind of resolve themselves but I needed more honest conversations between them. Annie's friends too could have used more development - I just felt extremely uncomfortable on their first interaction (one of the girls basically corners Annie into going shopping with them), I was glad afterwards that it happened of course because it opened the doors for Annie get to find fun and have more friends on her life, but still it was awkward at first. And about my fear that the sports part would bored me or that I would dislike this aspects? LOL I ended up with an urge to go running. Disclaimer: I never runned one day of my life, seriously, never, okay maybe sometimes to catch the bus but that was it, and I have been sedentary for like years and years, I would probably die on the first 5 minutes but I kind of really want to try now because it was so amazing to read about Annie's little victories at each run and how much it helped her to deal with her grief. In case you didn't noticed yet I loved this book and can't wait to read more of Kenneally's other Hundred Oaks books. Absolutely recommend to lovers of contemporary romance, that like their books fluffy but not all fluffy, or people who like too read books about tough issues but doesn't like the general sadness of those books. And of course runners (or aspirings runners).
Miranda Kenneally has a way with words. Her stories might feature characters who are young adult and on the cusp of adulthood, but she makes the issues they face relate-able to readers of all ages. They're interesting, captivating, and entertaining. I always know I'm going to get a great story when I pick up a book by her. I also know and love I'm going to find "Easter eggs", or references/characters from previous books in a non-overt way. It always makes me happy to see how they're doing and this book had references to a number of couples I've already met. Each book so far has focused around a sport. In Breathe, Annie, Breathe, the titular character Annie has taken up running to honor someone in her life. Her anguish, guilt, and pain is palpable as the story continues. The reasons for why are unclear in the beginning, but slowly pieces start coming together. I admired Annie for her determination to run and complete the goal she'd set for herself. She was strong, pragmatic, and yet still wistful. It often seemed like she was wise beyond her years. In the beginning I was taken aback by her interaction with the "backwards running boy", but then I realized she was living again. I understood her fear regarding Jeremiah's need for an adrenaline rush, but wasn't clear on why he was addicted to it. Annie's point of view was the only one and her motivations and actions were clear, while those of others around her weren't always. I felt like Jeremiah had stolen the spotlight from Annie by the end of the book, because I was more concerned with him and his behavior than I was with Annie's. I liked the multiple conflicts Annie had and how they were dealt with. Some were to due to her grieving and others due to growing pains. Each was dealt with carefully, something I liked. I was surprised by how involved I got with the story. I wasn't able to put it down and there were certain parts that made me teary eyed. All in all I felt like the story was written well but it wasn't complete. I know Miranda Kenneally hasn't written a sequel for any of her character's yet, but I do look forward to hopefully seeing more Annie and Jeremiah so I can get the answers I want and see them at some point in their futures together.
Hello people. I have not yet read Breathe, Annie, Breathe, but i stumbled across it and red the.... wait for it..... 2 reviews, and the one made it sound really good so im gonna guve it a chance. Hope it doesnt let me down(: