Review: Reason to Breathe (Breathing #1) by Rebecca Donovan

11561469“No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?”

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection while pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises – not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth – but at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

Reason to Breathe is an electrifying page turner from start to finish, a unique tale of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and one girl’s fragile grasp of hope. (From: Goodreads)

***Actual rating: 4/5 Suffocating Stars***

How I got started reading this series was questionable because I just happened to be in a mood of reading something relating to abused character(s) and good romance. And that was how I discovered this trilogy. And the next second I knew, I was already skimming through half of the book.

Honestly, I sort of liked this story because the female main character, Emily(Emma), was just too miserable to be unnoticed. The entire book is about how she faced domestic violence but at the same time, having some unique relationship friendship with this cute guy, Evan. Also, she had an amazing bestie named Sara, who was the only one knowing her ugly truth. Thus, it was like reading how Emma led her double life between school/sports team/party and family.

Though what I didn’t get it, and definitely not expecting, was the fact that Evan didn’t seem to know what really happened to her behind closed doors of her house. I mean, he surely caught glimpses occasionally (or accidentally), but she never told him the truth, nor did he figure out almost to the end of the book. I personally thought this development–whatever was between Emma and Evan–took too many pages to clearly plot out and it wasn’t the best storyline of all.

Reason to Breathe is still a fast-paced, action-packed(though most of them were…violent) book to start with, and I will recommend to those who liked seeing a physically and mentally broken girl being fixed…slowly.

PS. I’m currently re-reading it thoroughly because I want to know more details about such a huge page-turner. Will add more thoughts afterward. Stay tuned! 🙂


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