Monday, July 29, 2013

Selena's Thoughts: Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan

5+ Stars

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.


Selena's Thoughts: This series is one I started sometime ago. I actually feel as though I have waited a century for this book. The second book of this series left me holding my breath. 

Emma has been through so much in her life. The death of her father having been a pivitol point for her, everything around her seemed to come crashing down. She was left, at a young age, with her Uncle and the woman who ripped every bit of childhood away from Emma. At a time in her life when she should have been comforted she was hated, humiliated and abused. The only bright spot in her life was her best friend Sara. She was the saving grace that kept Emma sane. Until Emma meets Evan and she decides to live. She wants to be a normal girl with a normal life. And she wants to love this boy who has captured her heart. Evan soon finds out Emma's biggest secret, it is finally in the open and he and Sara are going to help Emma. Then the unthinkable happens and the first book leaves you gasping for breath. 

Book two brings you to a new chapter in Emma and Evan's releationship. Emma is finally out of the hell she has been living in and is at peace living with Sara/ She is happy, she and Evan are in love and everything is going great. She seems to be finally getting her life back. Until her mother shows up and suddenly Emma's life is turned upside down again. She is torn between the life of happiness that is write at her finger tips and the mother she longs to know. When her mother begins to spiral into binder after binder she also becomes verbally/emotionally abusive. Emma's heart is torn into pieces and Evan is her safe place. When her mother begins to date Johnathan everything changes, suddenly Emma finds someone she can relate to. She can talk to him about things she has never been able to talk to anyone about. But Johnathan is dangerous and her soon begins to show his true colors, and Emma begins to doubt everything. With her mother constantly telling her she is poison and Johnathan making her feel like no one can understand her like he can, Emma runs. She runs from her mother, Johnathan and even Evan. I was devasted and I knew that waiting for the final nook was going to be torture.

When I picked up Out of Breath I knew it was going to be emotional. I knew my heart was going to break a million times and I also knew I would love it. Since page one of this series I have been emotionally tied to these characters and to finally see Emma start to find her way back was spectacular. This book is raw and heartbreaking and absolutely perfection. It leaves you talking out loud to the pages the whole time you are reading and in the end when only a few pages remain you are once again holding your breath for what will happen next. 

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