Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan will either take your breath away or make you want to strangle someone

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Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan will either take your breath away or make you want to strangle someone

The librarian wanted to know if this book was going to be trouble on our high school library shelves, so I got to be the guinea pig.  It is not going to be banned anytime soon, but I do see LMN knocking on the door for a script.  People either loved it or hated it on Goodreads, so you will have to gauge your own ability to read and possibly be triggered by this huge tome about love and hate.


Emma is counting down the days until she can leave her aunt and uncle’s house.  The only relatives deemed fit to care for her, Emma’s aunt resents her and takes that resentment out through mental and physical abuse.  Emma hides this because she doesn’t want child services to take away her young cousins since they are loved and adored by the psycho.  When she meets a boy who threatens the hide and disappear status quo she has established, she must decide if finding love is worth the possible fallout.  I didn’t particularly enjoy this book, but I think students who enjoy high drama will.  Emma’s aunt is certifiable and she is hard to even endure on the page.  Emma’s attitude towards her family is troubling, especially to readers who don’t understand the flight part of fight or flight.  The romance is not instant, and the book does take time to carefully develop it into something, but it just seemed like a really bad idea from the start, so I saw each little romantic interlude as a threat.  I do not think everyone will see it this way.  I think some readers will think it is the most romantic thing they have ever read.  There are some snags in the plotting, and I can see its start as an indie publication even though it has been spruced up.  This book is foreverlong and it has two more huge volumes that go with it, so if you like books that are a lifetime movie waiting to happen, you will have plenty to read.  I don’t know about the other two books, but this one had only a few curse words and some light sensuality, so it is okay for grades 9+.

This book is available in the MHS library, but I’m not sure if you should thank me for that or not.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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