Breathe, Annie, Breathe Hardcover – Jul 15 2014
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"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
"heartfelt, uplifting, and quite possibly enough motivation to make readers reach for their running shoes." - Publishers Weekly
""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
"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
"Kenneally has stolen my heart and took off running with it." - Lili's Reflections
"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
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
Top Customer Reviews
The untimely death of Annie's long term boyfriend left her with a lot of guilt. Which left her feeling like the only thing she could do was train to run in the marathon Annie's boyfriend will never get to do. Annie putting most of her focus into training to run this marathon was super inspiring. I'm a runner, but a lazy one. This book was a continuous kick to my butt to get off my ass and go for that run. I liked how Annie used running to help her grieve. It also gave her a way to meet new people, like Jere. The relationships, familial and friendship, were pretty positive.
There were a few things holding me back from loving the book. Ultimately there was nothing phenomenal with the writing or story. It was just good. The banter between Annie and Jere felt more forced than cute. Which leads me to Annie's treatment towards Jere. I can understand the hot and cold, since you know her boyfriends not been gone even a year. But she leads him on way too much. And than she thinks it's perfectly right of her to expect him to not be himself(he's an extreme sports kind of guy; always sporting bruises and such) because she needs him to be safe. It was super hypocritical of her and flat out annoying. Poor guy.
Good book and my first taste of Kenneally. I'll definitely be checking out another book in this series.
Annie's going through a hard time trying to accept and just deal with the loss of her boyfriend Kyle. He was a significant part of her life. They got together at a fairly young age and were each other's many firsts. In order to honour Kyle, she decides to train for the marathon that he was suppose to run in before he passed away. They were so genuinely in love it was sad to hear Annie relive her memories of him. She was conflicted about moving on because how could she when she felt responsible for his death. So she retreated into her shell where she doesn't have to feel more for anybody. It wasn't until meeting Jeremiah that she began to rethink her life. She was still hesitant but she was living her life more.
I thought Jeremiah would just be a plain love interest but he was more. He's yummy, let's just get that out of the way but he also had a serious problem. He led a dangerous lifestyle. His family doesn't approve of it. Even Annie very directly expresses her concerns for him. Despite the risks he takes on in his life, I like how very easy to read Jeremiah was. He was upfront about his feelings for Annie and doesn't push her for more. He had patience and eventually managed to bring Annie out of her fear.
There were friendships sprinkled here and there for Annie. She was not alone!Read more ›
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.
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.
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The Hundred Oaks series is my favourite contemporary-romance series. I don’t care how many books Kenneally chooses to add into the series, only as long as they keep pleasing and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michelle @ A Thousand Lives Lived