TITLE: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
AUTHOR: Miranda Kenneally
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
RELEASE DATE: 15 July 2014
HARDCOVER: 306 pages
PRECEDED BY: Racing Savannah
FOLLOWED BY: Jesse’s Girl (release date: 1 July 2015)
SYNOPSIS: Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.
But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.
- A new start
Annie→ I like Annie. She represents an imperfect human. Her ambition is inspiring. She may have let life get her down but now she’s getting back up and moving forward. I love her character and found her unique just like all of Miranda Kenneally’s characters. But I have to say Annie really spoke to me and she is one of my favorite characters from the Hundred Oaks Series.
Jeremiah “Jere” Brown→ Jere is the brother of Matt Brown from book three, Things I Can’t Forget. He has a fun and hype personality and is always ready for an adventure. Although, he is a bit of a daredevil, this causes some issues throughout the book. He’s pretty cool, but I didn’t find myself attached to him and loving him that much. I wasn’t all swoon-worthy over him.
I was so drawn to Annie and her process for competing in the running marathon. She made me want to go run a marathon,myself. I think Kenneally described the progress of getting in shape for a marathon perfectly.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe takes place six years after Catching Jordan (book one) and two years after Racing Savannah (book four). Since Annie is practicing for a marathon, Kenneally provides readers with a picture of Annie’s running schedule/worksheet. I thought that was really cool how we were able to see her progress, notes,and thoughts from her workouts. As months went by, the picture of the worksheet was even beginning to look wither and worn out.
I think there could have been more romance involved. This is probably why I wasn’t attached to Jeremiah’s character as much as I am with other love interests in novels.
I love how the title represents Annie training on how she needs to breathe when running but also in life, you know? Like, ‘Breathe, Annie, Breathe. Everything will be okay. Just keep moving forward.’
I really like where the Hundred Oaks series is headed. This is a strong and influential series that anyone can relate to.
Here are a few characters that made appearances in Breathe, Annie, Breathe from previous novels:
- Jordan Woods
- Sam Henry
- Vanessa Green
- Will Whitfield aka Corndog
- Matt Brown
- Kate Kelly
- Savannah Barrow,
- and more.
Lesson Learned? “…if you work hard, you can do anything you want.” (PP. 191-192)