Miranda Kenneally sure knows how to get me every. time. She knows how to write good people in tough situations. I root for them, fall for them, every. time. Breathe, Annie, Breathe was no different.
I loved Annie. She was tough and vulnerable, and determined. Her dedication to the marathon training was really admirable, considering she was never into running. The pains that came along with the training scared me from ever thinking of attempting it myself, but who knows. Right now I’m just trying to make a 5K without passing out. Now, her reason for wanting to run this marathon was just heartbreaking. I could really feel her grief throughout the book. But those moments of happiness that were brought on by new friends and new experiences really made my heart swell with happiness for her.
Jeremiah Brown is one of those new friends I mentioned. If you read Things I Can’t Forget you may remember him. He was Matt’s younger, player brother. Matt Brown is one of my favorite boys ever. He’s just the best kind of guy. Anyway, this book takes place a few years after Things I Can’t Forget. Matt & Kate are out of college, and Matt helps train people to run in marathons and such. That’s how Annie meets Jeremiah and I have to say, I was skeptical that Jeremiah would be what Annie needed. I mean, he was a player, no? Well, people grow up eventually, and he certainly seemed to have done some growing. It must be a Brown thing because he made me swoon just as much as Matt did. These two will be the death of me!
I loved how slow Annie and Jeremiah took their developing friendship… but I was ready for them to be more than friends pretty much from the get-go. HAHA But that’s just what I wanted, not what was right for them, or what was right for Annie, to be more precise. They have this one hot, explosive moment early on, which had me fanning myself and grinning like a fool, then it’s a lot of sweet and fun between the two. I loved it all.
Sidenote: Having listened to all audiobooks in this series the last couple of weeks, I can say with certainty that Annie has been the character who swears the most. HAHA I just found that tidbit super amusing. Girl loves her f-bombs. And, I mean, who doesn’t?
There are A TON of cameos in this one that made so so so happy to read about. All our “originals” (from Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker, and Things I Can’t Forget) are grown-up and out of college, and now all their siblings (from Racing Savannah) are starting college! So cool to read about.
The narration was on point. Great timing and accents. Nancy Wu delivered a perfect emotional portrayal of this story. Highly recommend it on audio!
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Narrator: Nancy Wu
Series: Hundred Oaks #5
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: July 15th 2014
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
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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.