Review: Breathing

Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town working at the library and lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.–From Goodreads

For every book I fall in love with, there are about three to five false starts beforehand. After I finished The Girl She Used To Be over the weekend, I was having a hard time getting into anything. I would read a few chapters of one book and then set it aside, before trying out another and doing the same. I suppose this is part of why it is so important to me to have a large quantity of books around at any given time. Sometimes you just need the right book for the right moment. I read Closed for the Season today and enjoyed it, but was by no means head over heels. Then I picked up Cheryl Renee Herbsman’s Breathing. It was definitely the right book for the day. (Also, I could stare at the cover forever without needing to even open the book.)

Savannah and Jackson were full of the Southern charm one would expect. They drew me into their lives, and I didn’t want to leave. I could practically smell the salty Carolina air; I felt butterflies every time they were together, and heartbreak when they were apart; I could heir their dialect as though they were speaking right beside me. Savannah and Jackson’s relationship is the kind I would like to see more of in YA lit. I loved that this book was just as much about first love and the need to be together as it was about the need to cultivate one’s dreams as an individual, rather than giving everything up to be a couple. Breathing is a perfect summer romance, and I am looking forward to picking up the paperback when it’s released on June 10th.


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