Breathe by Abbi Glines

Challenge 11 – “A book with a one-word title.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This is, by no means, a great classical work of literature – but it doesn’t have to be. Even the most academic of readers needs an easy-read every now and then, with the comfortable, familiar plot and reliable characters. So long as the writing is not awful, and the plot is tangible, it can provide an enjoyable and quick read. That is how I found this book.
Having recent poor experience with multiple narrators, I was a little dubious at the start, but I soon found that Jax’s occasional summary added to the plot rather than simply confusing the reader. It also enabled the book to be put down at the end of a chapter without the risk of forgetting the story upon your return – yet another fact that made this easily accessible as a transient and relaxed read.

Glines managed to take the traditional teenage love story and set it in a novel scenario – most don’t involve celebrity life or take place during a vacation – which made it all the more marketable.The description was of a high quality throughout, and on the whole the characters and their interactions were believable. However, I did find the chapter based at the cinema a little odd – points raised in the chapter seemed to be forgotten and not mentioned, and Sadie’s character did not show consistency with the rest of the novel. The subsequent scenes were consequently difficult as they tried to bridge the transition back to the normal dynamic the novel presented.

On the whole I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, finding it extremely good at fulfilling the role of a quick transition read, and I appreciated the unique nature of the plot. Other than the one problematic chapter, I found it easy to get engaged in the writing, and it was of a high standard as well. Recommended for those looking for a quick transition read that is not simply a short novella – maybe one that is a little different to the tradition high school romance.

(Also) Recommended for fans of:

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  • The Pistachio Prescription by Paula Danziger
  • Drawing With Light by Julia Green

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