Book Review: Out Of Breath

Out Of Breath CoverBook: Out Of Breath by Rebecca Donovan

Published July 2013 by Skyscape|Pages: 420

Where I Got It: Paperback from Barnes And Noble

Series: Breathing Series #3

Genre: New Adult Contemporary

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Goodreads Summary: Emma leaves Weslyn and everyone in it behind to attend Stanford University, just as she always intended. A shell of her former self, she is not the same girl. She is broken, and the only way that she’ll be whole again is through forgiveness. Emma must find a way to forgive herself and recognize her own worth before she can receive the love she deserves. This final installment will have readers holding their breath until the very last page.

Out Of Breath is my favorite book of the year, hands down.  I’ve been a huge fan ever since I read Reason To Breathe and Barely Breathing last summer, and Out Of Breath is a completely amazing ending to such an unforgettable series.  I honestly could not ask and hope for a better ending.

Emma’s changed so much, and once I started crying, I couldn’t stop.  I had the feeling I’d be crying at some point, and there was a pretty decent-sized pile of tissue next to me by the end of the book.  My heart broke for Emma, who is still dealing with her past, and I could relate to her in a lot of ways.  I’ve never experienced what Emma has, but one thing that I love about Out Of Breath (and the previous two books) is that you see Emma struggle with her childhood and that Donovan shy away from what Emma’s experiences were really like.

While I didn’t always like Emma’s decisions, I understood them completely.  I am glad that Emma FINALLY started to make peace with all of the things that she cannot change and I want her to be happy.  If there’s any character who deserves true happiness in life, Emma would be my first choice.  And Evan needs happiness too.  They really deserve it.

I loved the alternating POV’s.  And it’s not done in the typical way- you’ll be reading Emma’s story, and all of a sudden, you’re reading things from Evan’s perspective.  And it worked so well!  It flowed really well, and I liked seeing the same event from Emma and Evan’s eyes.

There was part of me that didn’t want it to end, because I’ve gotten so attached and invested in Emma’s story, but I couldn’t help but read the entire book in the span of a few hours.  It’s definitely a roller-coaster of emotion, but it was worth every minute I spent reading Out Of Breath.  I really cannot gush about Out Of Breath enough- actually, I cannot gush about this series, enough.  Because Out Of Breath really is that amazing!  

Final Thoughts:

I thought Out Of Breath was completely amazing.  It’s such a perfect ending for a series that I’ll never forget.  There’s something very beautiful about Emma living in the moment and finally coming to terms with everything that’s happened.  Out Of Breath gets 5+ stars.

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