Review: Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
“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?”
In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection—pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth―at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.
One girl’s story of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and her precarious grasp of hope: Reason to Breathe is the first installment of the acclaimed Breathing Series.
This book, I simply have one word, breathtaking. This story is breathtakingly beautiful, it is the type of read that guts you, builds you up, and guts you again. It is truly an emotion read and a roller-coaster. There were numerous parts in this book where I was cringing, laughing, smiling, and hoping. Hoping Emma would be smart, cringing at the bruises (and how she got them), laughing at the witty banter between Emma and Evan, and smiling because this book proves that even in the darkest places, happiness can exist. Overall, this was an extremely emotional read and it leaves you hanging, literally. The ending was so upsetting because you will read it and need the next book ASAP to know what happens to Emma, Evan, and everyone. This book is beautiful and so relevant, it reminds us that these types of things exist today. So if you need a book that strips down your walls and makes your emotions raw, this book is a good read for you.