- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (June 25 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402284799
- ISBN-13: 978-1402284793
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #646,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""Breathe, Annie, Breathe" is the MOST FANTASTIC book that Miranda Kenneally has ever written. " - Andi's ABCs
"In this expertly paced and realistic romance, Kenneally gives Annie's sorrow a palpable weight, but she writes such ease that Annie and her goals become exceedingly likable and familiar and never overwrought." - Booklist
"heartfelt, uplifting, and quite possibly enough motivation to make readers reach for their running shoes." - Publishers Weekly
"Annie's grieving and growth are realistic, and she makes it to the starting line in the best shape-physical and emotional-to tackle the challenges ahead... a pleasingly deliberate look at grief and healing." - Kirkus
"Engaging, contemplative, and hopeful, this sensitive story recognizes the joy of romantic and physical love while reinforcing the importance of self-reliance, friendships, and personal achievement, encouraging readers to build well-rounded lives and perhaps even inspiring a future marathoner or two." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the MOST FANTASTIC book that Miranda Kenneally has ever written. " - Andi's ABCs
"A thoughtful, meditative story on what it means to overcome guilt and seek personal redemption. " - The Reading Nook Reviews
"Kenneally has stolen my heart and took off running with it." - Lili's Reflections
"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 Armentrout
About the Author
Growing up in Tennessee, MIRANDA KENNEALLY dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliche!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband. Visit mirandakenneally.com
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Did I like this book?
Once I picked this one up, I had a hard time putting it down. I'm currently training to do a 10km run, and even though that's nowhere near a marathon, I felt a kinship with Annie from the very first page. Like Annie, I've always hated running, and no matter how many times I've tried to run, I've never been any good at it. Unlike Annie, I'm not doing it to honour anyone's memory, it's more for myself, so maybe that's why she seemed to be more motivated than I am most days, haha!
So while I felt immediately connected with Annie due to our mutual dislike of running, my respect for her as a character grew throughout the course of the book. She goes through a lot, and it all felt real to me, which is something I always appreciate in a story.
There were some other great characters here, and I realize some of them have been introduced in Kenneally's previous books, but I didn't feel lost or confused about any of them - this can definitely be read as a standalone.
Jeremiah...hmmm, not really sure what I think of him. Okay, maybe I'll sum it up like this: I liked him, and I loved how he was so patient and supportive of Annie, but I feel like I could have stood to learn a bit more about him. And the poor guy, the bar was set pretty high, what with his competition being a ghost and all.
Which brings me to Kyle. Gah, Kinneally slayed me with the descriptions of Annie's relationship with him! I had that hard lump in my throat a few times while reading, I just felt so sorry for what both of them had lost.
Will you like this book?
I think Kinneally fans will definitely want to read this book, but even if you've never read any other books in this series, don't hesitate to pick this one up. I really enjoyed it and I think you will too!
Will I read more by this author?
Absolutely! I already have "Jesse's Girl" waiting for me next - can't wait, I've heard so many good things! - and I'll probably be going back to read Kinneally's entire backlist in the near future!
A GoodReads GiveAway
This is a novel about running.
Listen to this lame metaphor: Because the world is round, at the same time you are running away from something you are running towards something else.
I told you it would be a pathetic metaphor.
Albeit with certain purpose, Annie is running away from the pain of loss. Her boyfriend Kyle is dead and Annie feels she is partly to blame for his death. So, not only is she running away from her sadness, but also she is carrying a CamelBak stogged full of guilt.
Oh, I've failed to mention, Annie is literally running. She is training for the Country Music Marathon in Nashville. She hopes that finishing the marathon will eases her misery.
P'raps it will.
Here's the thing: Annie has no idea what she's running towards. Hurt blinding her, Annie has forgotten that the world is round, eh b'ys?
Then during a practice run Annie meets Jeremiah on the trail.
Jeremiah is out in front, running backwards actually. Is Annie, jogging on the Big Round World, running towards Jere?
Hey, this is a YA love story, so there is bound to be confusion and bewilderment and soul searching. It's a love story and all readers ' as unrealistic as it might be -- want love stories to have happy endings, don't they?
There's only one way for you to find out if Annie's marathon [!] love story fulfills this criteria.
You know the action you must take, so lace your runners tightly and start reading.
By the way, Miranda Kenneally's writing is four star quality.
A happy ending for Annie would give the author five stars.
Read this book and see if at the finish line a first place medal is awarded.
Ready. Set. Go.
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