Reason to Breathe (Breathing #1) by Rebecca Donovan ✰✰✰✰


“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?”

He knows there’s something more to the girl sitting in the back of the class the moment he sees her. She’s beautiful, intelligent, and athletic – but she slips quietly through the crowded halls, trying not to exist. Determined to get to know the elusive girl, Evan soon discovers…

Emma Thomas is hiding a terrible secret. 

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.


Wow, that was some book!! I was completely ready to give this five stars… until the ending. What. The. Hell?! You can’t end a book like that!!! And I thought maybe it would all be elaborated on if I plunged straight into the second book, but I still felt that a gaping hole was left unfilled. I can’t say much more without spoilers.

Don’t get me wrong. I adored this book. It was so nearly five massive stars. I couldn’t put it down!

Emma’s story gripped me instantly. I felt like the author really built up the tension and the fear surrounding her situation.

I knew there was going to be pain whether I did anything wrong or not – so maybe I should do something to actually deserve it.

I fell completely head over heels with Evan very early on in the book! He’s just too adorable. I especially loved the scene in the art room! So unexpected and so cute! Oh he’s just… *sigh*

“I love that picture,” he admitted softly. “I think it’s because I love the girl in that picture.”

I love the development of Evan and Emma’s relationship. I felt so sorry for Evan at times. But I completely understood Emma’s reservations. The sexual tension between Evan and Emma is brilliantly written. I felt that the culmination, at their night at the movies, was really strong and I truly felt Emma falling deeper and deeper in love.

We were engaged in a very intricate dance of touching without touching, knowing without saying, and feeling without expressing. We were friends walking along a ledge, a very thin ledge – and I was too caught up in my heightened awareness of his existence to realize how close the ledge was to crumbling beneath my feet.

I’m reading Barely Breathing now, and I feel that the ending of this book was such a cliffhanger, that it’s difficult to review it as a story in it’s own right… so I’ll let you know my thoughts once I’ve finished up with the second book… although if it leaves off like the first and third isn’t out until next year, expect a rant!


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One Response to Reason to Breathe (Breathing #1) by Rebecca Donovan ✰✰✰✰

  1. Ropetra says:

    I have become an avid follower of any blog or comment about the breathing series!! I read these books in June and have been waiting anxiously for the 3rd book. Unfortunately I have to wait until 13 June 2013 for out of breath….. I hope all my expectations are met because the 2nd book ended with such a cliff hanger.

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