Breathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally

Synopsis

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.

Note: It turns out this is the fifth book in a series (whoops). I had no idea, and still enjoyed it as a stand-alone.

Review

Adorable! This book was an easy, sweet, vanilla-fluffy read. It had some hints of sadness, but it was never overwhelming. In fact, it was probably underwhelming. It was super cute, super fun, and chock-full of witty banter! Also, there were enough “zany” events to make this a perfect rom-com in a book.

I loved Jeremiah (a lot more than Annie, actually)! Annie had so much going for her, and so many people reached out to her, so it was frustrating when she flat-out REFUSED help or comfort. She had a great family, a whole slew of people who wanted to be her friend, and tons of guys pining after her. But she seemed to take a lot of it for granted and pushed people away a lot. She seemed really complacent about this, and felt COMPELLED to do things. She didn’t really have a set plan in life, and it felt like a lot of things fell into her lap. Well, I guess she has running going for her.

I liked how informative this story was. I’m not very athletic, so it was cool to read about the intricacies of running and adrenaline junkies. You can tell (from the detail) that Kenneally is drawing from first-hand experience! I thought there was going to be something more serious with the ibuprofen, or even the stomach troubles, but the story steered clear from any huge (and rather unrealistic) “problems.”

Overall, it was sweet. It’s always nice to read about people finding themselves, forming relationships, recovering from something traumatic, and getting happier. Happiness is contagious, after all!

Related Reading

  • The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen
  • Game. Set. Match. – Jennifer Iacopelli
  • The Ex Games – Jennifer Echols
  • Roomies – Tara Altebrando & Sara Zarr

Rating: 4/5

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