©2012 Rebecca Donovan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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This book was as good if not better than the 1st book. I LOVE this series and will be recommending this to all my friends. Again I was so glad that I had already purchased book 3 before I finished book 2. Kate Rudd does a good job narrating too.
Never read many books where the second is even better than the first. What an incredible book and wonderful story. I highly recommend thie series.
"Again, what a great story."
This series is one of my favorites.
Pieces of You by Cassia Leo because of the personal struggles of the character.
I thought Kate did a good job with this story. She wasn't my favorite narrator that I have heard, but she was good.
This book followed the emotional roller coaster as well, but I loved it all.
"Intense, heartache and full of turmoil"
WOW, what's a follow up for the Breathing series. It's so intense, heartache, turmoil, etc. I am amazed that Emma could take so much. This book explained some of the events toward the end of Reason to Breathe. Emma got away from her abusing aunt to head straight in to another abusing relationship with her mom, Rachel. Although, Rachel may not physically abused Emma, she did it mentally. Emma endured the abuse b/c she loved her mom. Again, she hid the abuse everyone including both Evan and Sara this time. I know that Emma is young and is still learning about life but for a smart girl, you would think that she learned from what happened with her aunt. I think this is where Barely Breathing drove me crazy.
Emma and Evan's relationship struggled in this book b/c Emma constantly pushing Evan away. She sought out comfort with Jonathan who was Rachel's boyfriend. This is where I felt it was a little twisted but maybe a little bit realistic? Granted Jonathan may be closer to Emma's age, he was dating her mom. He fell for Emma b/c he felt the connection because both were abused. Emma strung both Evan and Jonathan along. From someone who claimed that she loves Evan, she lied to her teeth to him. This is very hard for me to take. She constantly reached out to Jonathan. I felt that Emma turned in to a not very nice person. She took her guilt out of Jonathan. She was mean to him and was verbally abusive. It looks like the vicious cycle repeating itself. My heart broke for Evan when Emma left. Maybe it was the best decision she made by being honest.
This book was well written, full of turmoil and heartache. I look forward to Out of Breath for the conclusion of this series.
"SO SAD- but oh so GOOD!"
It ranks in my top 5 favorite overall books!
I liked the continued great story writing from the author. She does such an amazing job with the story line.
Kate Rudd does a great job with voice/personality mix- you feel every emotion of each character.
I can't say I was moved, but heart broken for Evan and Emma toward the end. I just cried and cried.
I think this series is worth several credits!!! I will listen again to this series as soon as my heart settles and the tears stop.
"Emma hasn't changed that much"
This book had the same kind of pain but in a different form. In book one, the family member hurting Emma was her Aunt Carol and by his silence, her Uncle George. In this book, Carol was being hurt by her mother Rachel.
After her ordeal at the hands of her guardians, Emma decided to move back in with her mother because she wanted to "fix us". At the end of book 1, Her mother Rachel seemed to put her alcohol addiction behind her and was holding down a job. She even had a boyfriend now.
But as the book progressed, Emma's mom was still haunted by her demons. Emma continued to enable her by keeping all Rachel's actions a secret AND clean up her messes. Emma had gone to therapy for what happened to her, but I don't really see a sign of true recovery. She does most of the same things in this book.
I don't know that the author's aim was in writing this book, but she could have cut out a lot of stuff. Everyone was still looking out for Emma--and Emma was still Emma. Going through the motions, giving people just enough to keep them close but really giving them nothing.
I didn't feel satisfied after reading this book, but I wasn't pleased enough to rush and continue to book 3 immediately like I felt compelled to immediately read book 2. I don't think there is anything Emma can do to continue to deserve Evan and it would have been better if the author ended this book now with Emma going to Stanford. But I will eventually read book 3 and see if she truly opens herself up.
"I'm Barely Breathing"
This is book 2 in the Breathe series and although there is slightly less intensity, it is equal in emotion and heartbreak.
I have read these books but it has been a while and I saw them on Audible, so I decided to try listening. Kate Rudd is an amazing narrator and her performance genuinely added so much to the story.
The story begins with Emma finally getting away from her aunt and beginning to deal with the horrific trauma she suffered. I just can't even express how much I adore Evan. His love, acceptance and support of Emma is displayed at every turn and he is exactly the kind of boy you would hope your daughter to find.
Just as in book 1, you are left in a cliffhanger of sorts. Complete emotional destruction and upheaval. So be prepared. I am so happy that I know how this is going to end and I don't have to go through the unknowing like I had to the first time.
The whole series is worth all the credits.
Third time listening to this series. So powerful!! Evan and Emma resonate with you. Excellent.
"LOVED IT but so frustrated with Emma!"
Okay, now I've listened to #1 & #2 of this series back to back and I have to say I'm a little blown away by how much I've enjoyed these books especially given the subject matter. I am usually not a fan of YA but this series is good. Again the characters intrigue me, even the ones who weren't very likable and RD really is a wonderful weaver of tales. I enjoyed seeing the progression of Emma and Evan's relationship as well as the circumstances and emotions that continued to trip them up. I'm delighted that Sara's character also grew and changed as well. I had a lot of trouble with the relationship between Rachel and Emma. I'm a mother of a teenage girl who is also reading this series and I have to say there were some scenes between these two characters which literally made me cringe and unable to read until I'd calmed down. I haven't really had that kind of visceral reading experience very often. It makes me think that RD perhaps without even realizing it has given us a story that could help so many people experiencing the kinds of emotional devastation the book talks about. On that note, I'm really not sure how I feel about the Jonathan character but that fact alone makes me glad he was included in this story. I read a lot and it's not unusual for me to lose my attachment to a story shortly after finishing it. I don't think I'll be forgetting Emma and Evan's love story anytime soon and I'm hopeful for their happiness. Sigh...now I wait for Out of Breath like everyone else. Well maybe now at least I can get some sleep until it comes out.
Kate Rudd was outstanding with the delivery of the story.
"5 Breathing Stars"
This is a first time listen with audiobook, for this book not first time I have read i. I don’t know how I forgot some of the things that happened.
I knew it was going to be emotional, look how the last book left off. But what I didn’t expect was for Emma to go from one hell to another.
Making the choice to move in with her mom I don’t know. I felt she needed it for closure or what have you but I didn’t feel she should have. Does that make sense? Then when Emma didn’t remember her childhood I thought oh dear there is a reason she suppressed it.
Evan we see less and less in this book and I think that’s why Emma turned to Jonathan, Emma’s mother’s new boyfriend.
I can understand why Evan needed a little space but I don’t know I think it opened up the reason Emma and Jonathan could connect they had an understanding of each other no one else understood.
Sara as well I kind of felt was pulling away and that created a little loneliness in Emma. She is dealing with this mother who isn’t really a mother. I would have thought Sara and Evan would have hovered a little more or at least noticed the difference in Emma.
Again with the cliff-hanger but I have book 3 on deck so I am ready to go. Again Kate Rudd killed it in this audio, beautifully performed.
*All my Reviews are 100% honest and my own.*
Emily (Emma) is a young woman trying to survive. She survives an awful mother and the death of her father. Survives unspeakable abuse in her foster home. Survives day to day as her decisions hurt herself.
The agony Emma endures in book 1 is a torment. Book 2 picks up a few months after the events of Book 1. She survives, against the odds, her aunt's attack and attempted murder, but she's broken. Her spirit and her body is crushed, but she's so good at going through the motions that she deceives everyone around her.
She decides, in a knee jerk reaction to abandonment, to move in with her mother. This proves to be disastrous and once again, Emma survives, one day at a time as her mother's alcoholism destroys any chance they have at reconnecting. Emma hangs in, trying to build a relationship and trying to cope with the abuse dished out by her mother.
Through all her struggles, Evan and Sarah stand by her, loving her and saving her from herself. A strange connection with her mother's boyfriend is both a gift and poison and Emma is too vulnerable and broken to make wise decisions about their friendship.
I can't say more about the end. It's heartbreaking.
This story is 5* . It is beautifully written with magnificent imagery. Ms Donovan is a talented writer. Why do Americans insist on using scorn as a verb without the object? It's so clumsy.
Kate Rudd is, along with Kate Reading, the best female narrator out there. She is gifted, excellent, outstanding... not enough superlatives! She's 6* !
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