Tuesday, July 16, 2013

[Review] Out of Breath - Rebecca Donovan

Released: July 2nd, 2013

Emma leaves Weslyn and everyone in it behind to attend Stanford University, just as she always intended. A shell of her former self, she is not the same girl. She is broken, and the only way that she'll be whole again is through forgiveness. Emma must find a way to forgive herself and recognize her own worth before she can receive the love she deserves.

"Every breath I breathe is because of you. Even when you weren't there to save me, you were my reason to breathe. And for that I will always love you. Always."

Honestly, I'm hurting myself writing this review. God, this book was just such a huge disappointment after the first two books. I mean, Reason to Breathe and Barely Breathing were phenomenal masterpieces. They were heartbreaking and enlightening at the same time. But this one just felt like it got dragged on and on. It was as if the writer was just trying to prolong the book. As my English teacher always said, "Quality not quantity." I couldn't agree more, sir. The only aspects that saved the book were the guy characters. They were so freaking great.

I'm going straight to the point here. Emma was such a pain the freaking ass. I get it that she had her issues, troubled past, abusive family. The whole package. But, still, she's always so damn depressed all the time and this ends up creating another side to Emma. The side that's reckless, impulsive, and bitchy. This was her the whole time:
"The sense of being lost seized me again. There was nowhere I belonged. My family didn't want me. Evan couldn't forgive me. Sara didn't need me. The girls didn't really know me. Jonathan was gone. And Cole had walked away, finally seeing me for who I was."
I MEAN REALLY, EMMA??? Your family didn't want you? Please. One of them tried to contact you. Evan is definitely willing to forgive you. He loves you for goodness' sake. Sara is trying so damn hard to help you. The girls didn't know you because you wouldn't let them in. So I'm telling this to Emma throughout the whole book:

Everything is just up in her head. She's trapped in this thought that everyone hates her so she keeps shoving everyone out of her life. When, in reality, everyone's trying to help her. She's struggling to control her guilt and emotions while burying them deep under so she wouldn't have to actually feel.

And then there's the girls. I really do not understand what some of their problems are. Was it Meg? Or was it Peyton? I forgot but one of them hated Evan. I really didn't get it. Didn't it at least occur to them that Emma was the one who left him? Or why didn't Emma just tell them that it was her fault? They ended up loathing Evan and it just freaking pissed me off when he was being so considerate.
I am so thankful for Serena since she was the only one who was actually on neutral ground. She just kept shipping both Emma and Evan together. You go, girl!

Now, let's go on to Evan. God, he was just the sweetest. I could list down a million things I love about him but let's just stick to two. He is the most thoughtful and caring character I've ever come across honestly. Even after dealing with all of Emma's bullshit, he still accepts her for who she is.
"Let me love you enough for the two of us, until you can accept that you're worth it. Because you are, Emma. I don't know how to convince you. But I'll spend the rest of my life trying."
HOW DO YOU NOT FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS MAN?!?! The second thing I loved most about him was that  he was so damn tenacious. When Emma kept pushing him away, he kept moving forward. Even though Emma kept giving him reasons to make him hate her, he still went on. No matter how much it hurt, he continued to forgive her for all of her mistakes.

Cole and Nate were awesome. I mean, Cole's this really cool guy who accepts Emma for a while. He understands that she just needs time but then walks away before she could hurt him. He's a smart, realistic guy. Nate was the only one who really gave a shit about Evan's feelings. He knew that Emma was capable of breaking Evan and that's why he was protective towards him.

Basically, the book was a  real let down when I expected so much. But I guess it's a closure for the trilogy since the second book was a cliffhanger.

Minor Faults:
  • It's not even 'minor' the fact that Emma was such a pain
  • Girl characters were so unlovable honestly
  • Story was way too slowed down - too dragged.



About The Author:

Rebecca Donovan is a true optimist. She's tenacious as she doesn't give up easily; it's "not part of her biological make up". She's passionate and she always gives a hundred and ten percent in what she does. So far, she's written three books for the Breathing series with the latest one out on July 2013.

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