Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #5
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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.
First Sentence: As a kid, I had the worst mile time ever.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
After the huge disaster that Racing Savannah was (I still shudder in horror and disgust when I think of Racing Savannah), I was pretty leery about reading Breathe, Annie, Breathe. Ever since I’ve read Miranda Kenneally’s Catching Jordan, which I absolutely loved, I felt like Miranda Kenneally’s books were going downhill, each one getting worse and worse than the one before it. I didn’t really enjoy Stealing Parker nor did I really enjoy Things I Can’t Forget, but Racing Savannah was a nightmare for me to read. Breathe, Annie, Breathe was my last resort and last chance – if I didn’t enjoy it, I would give up on Miranda Kenneally’s books altogether.
Spending time with Jeremiah was good – great even, but the risk of caring is too high.
A friend. He can be a friend, but nothing more. (ARC 128)
Although Breathe, Annie, Breathe didn’t have insta-love like how Racing Savannah did, there is one aspect of Annie and Jeremiah’s romance I couldn’t cheer for. It was revealed later on in the book that Jeremiah wanted Annie the moment he first saw her. My question is, why did he want her out of all people? What makes Annie so special that Jeremiah immediately liked her out of all the other girls out there? According to his family, Jeremiah was a player before, always with a new girl constantly, but what’s so special about Annie that made him drawn to her the moment he first saw her? I’ve seen things like this happening in other books besides Breathe, Annie, Breathe and I just don’t like it when the romance in books turns out this way. It makes me feel frustrated, like the romance hasn’t reached its full potential and that the author is taking the easy way out.
He goes on, “I’ve wanted you since the moment we met.”
My instincts tell me to rush out of the room, but the tug to stay with him is too strong.
“I never wanted a relationship with a girl before you,” he goes on. (ARC 263)
Despite the insta-want in Annie and Jeremiah’s romance, I did like everything else about their relationship. I loved how patient Jeremiah was with Annie and how they were friends first before becoming into an actual couple, despite a certain earlier situation. I would definitely want a patient, supportive boyfriend like Jeremiah. Annie and Jeremiah’s relationship is definitely a relationship I fully support and ship, although I still can’t forget the insta-want part.
One thing that made me really happy while reading Breathe, Annie, Breathe was that we get to see some old characters from the Hundred Oaks series again. There’s Jordan, who is now older and a coach, Sam Henry, Vanessa, Matt, and many other old character appearances. I love the roles the old characters played in Breathe, Annie, Breathe; the cameos moments featuring them were enjoyable without being too obvious.
Overall, despite my problem with the romance, I did enjoy reading Breathe, Annie, Breathe. Honestly, Breathe, Annie, Breathe gave me hope that I might enjoy reading this series again. Here’s hoping that I won’t be disappointed with the next installment in the Hundred Oaks series.