Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (July 15th 2014)
Hardcover: 306 pages
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
I’m not a sports fanatic. It’s funny because all of Miranda Kenneally’s novels have been about sports (at least the ones I’ve read) and I’m hooked because well the romance makes up for the non-sports person in me and not an adrenaline junkie like Jeremiah is. Anyways Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the latest installment in the Hundred Oak series (or it isn’t because it doesn’t exactly takes place in Hundred Oak…?) and it’s about running. Like Annie, I’ve never been much of a runner and let’s not even talk about running a marathon. After her boyfriend’s death, Annie resolves to do a marathon because it’s what she felt like he would want her to do. So, in comes Matt (yep, the same Matt from Things I Can’t Forget) and he helps her to get into shape.
However, it isn’t easy for Annie. Throughout the marathon training we can see that she has a lot of problems. Not just the physical ones, but emotional ones as well. She battles with her stomach problems and her growing feelings for Jeremiah. While I like to confidently say that Matt is my favorite Hundred Oak boy, I can’t because of Jeremiah. Jeremiah was swoony and patient and an extreme sport addict. I’m surprise he can go walking without getting any injuries at all. Anyways, we first meet Jeremiah running backwards and this pisses Annie off because he makes running very easy as opposed to her who is struggling every step. But, on the contrary, Jeremiah’s life isn’t easy. I love his relationship with his grandparents. His relationship with his mom is another problem on his own.
Not only does Annie set her sights on crossing the marathon finish line, meanwhile she also have to work her problems with her new dorm mates and her mom. I liked that eventually she finds peace with her once BFF Kelsey, who doesn’t immediately accepts her into the group, but after they talked they decide to start over. It was nice to see that friendships could work out like this. Throughout the novel, we also have some cameos from the other Hundred Oak books. It was nice to catch up and see how they are doing, even if it was just a brief glance for some characters (Matt was an exception because he’s Jeremiah’s brother). I have a hard time remembering how each character ended up with the other, so I might reread the series before the next Hundred Oak book comes out. Too bad cliffnotes for YA books doesn’t exist in real life.
Overall I can’t wait to read what the author has in store for us in the next Hundred Oak novel.