Title: Reason to breathe
Author: Rebecca Donovan
Publication Date: May 10th, 2011
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance; Angst;
Format: Kindle (377 pages)
This book has been one hell of a ride. It was so emotional and so gut-wrenching that it was a bit hard to digest, especially when I always imagine that this may happen to somebody around the world right now.
“Love helped me live life instead of just survive it.”
When they say love might save you, we have to realize the truth within those words because that can truly give you hope, and that is exactly what happened to Emma. She lives in an abusive household, with a crazy aunt who physically, verbally and emotionally harms her, all happening without anyone helping her.
Emma’s focus is to keep herself unnoticed and not catch the wrath of the DEVIL, her aunt. She must be invisible in order to wait her escape to collage, but the waiting is a hard thing to face. The same invisibility happened at school too, since she focused on getting good grades and make it to collage. But that changes when she catches the eye of Evan Mathews, a charming young man who is stubbornly willing to get to know Emma better and she her without all the walls she had around her.
“No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?”
I think in the beginning we might downplay the actual evil her aunt is capable of, considering she’s a mother and is married to a normal guy, and she’s actually interested in her kids. But the constant battles Emma faces with her, makes you want to just go and save her.
Evan changes things in Emma, makes her hope for better days, and brings some reminders that she can be loved. Soon Evan starts to suspect the ugly things happening in her life, and tries to save her and run away, but they never do get to that part… because of the cliffhanger
The massive cliffhanger in the end has to be a warning point to you, because you really have to have at hand the second book, before you finish the first.
“Reason to breathe” is the first book of the “Breathing” Series. Here you can see the reading order.