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The Compulsive Reader: Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman


Savannah's asthma rules her. She's never been able to fully control it, and her frequent hospitalizations oftentimes cost her mother her job. But this summer, Savannah is determined not to let it get in the way of her life. She meets Jackson, and despite her mother's strict rules concerning when they can spend time with each other, they quickly fall head over heels in love. With Jackson, Savannah finds that she can finally breathe. But then Jackson leaves, and Savannah is left on her own. She struggles to hold on to her dreams of going to college, maintain her relationship with Jackson, and hardest of all, to learn how to breathe on her own.

Breathing is a novel full of heart, humor, and plenty of romance. Cheryl Renee Herbsman writes in a unique and convincing style that brings each of her characters alive and makes them memorable. Her apt descriptions of the seaside town that Savannah lives in are vivid and tangible and add to the romantic air of the book. Herbsman also explores social and economic statuses in a sensitive and thoughtful manner, adding extra depth to Breathing that sets it apart from many other YA romance novels. The romance of the novel is steamy and heart pounding, but is also appropriate for younger teens, and depicts a relationship that is quite realistic. Herbsman also includes some interesting family dynamics; Savannah has a sometimes strained relationship with her mother, and she struggles to make her mother proud, and still have the life she wants. These elements combined make Breathing a beautiful, down-to-earth, and romantic read that will leave readers breathless.

Cover Comments: Oh my word, I just simply have to gush over this cover! The colors are so pretty and light--the blue of the ocean in the background is gorgeous! I like the scene of Savannah and Jackson in the tree--it's so unique and romantic. This is definitely one of the best covers I've seen in a while!
Breathing will be available April 16th, 2009 from Viking.

8 comments:

The Book Obsession said...

Yayy!! This is the next book I will be reading. I cannot wait!!

Janssen said...

I am so anxious to read this one - it looks terrific.

Beth F said...

This sounds like a nice one!

Tempestt said...

Sounds like a must read! Can't wait to read it! :)

Keri Mikulski said...

This is on my TBR list. :) Thanks for the review. ;)

Em said...

Great review. Sounds like a really good book!

Anonymous said...

What a great review! This one looks like a "must read!" Thanks!

Sadako said...

This looks really good, can't wait to check it out.