The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan is one of my absolutely all time favorite series ever! It all started when I was looking for a YA book and BAM! I ended up with this amazing story! The first book is Reason to Breathe and I cried while reading it, but I also thought it was so beautiful. Then came the waiting for the second book Barely Breathing, and when I thought a person could go through all that she could, Emma goes and has to go through so much more! And now finally the highly anticipated final book in the series finally came out! I read it in one night and of course, true to her wonderful writing skills, Rebecca Donovan did not disappointed with this AMAZING story!
Rating: 5 sexy 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.
As I said before, this is definitely one of my favorite series ever! Emma’s story is so full of pain but there’s also so much love!
Emma went through a lot and sometimes what we’ve been trhough emotionally can be worse than what we’ve been through physically…
In this three books we get to learn about Emma’s loss, love, pain, despair, her most profound and dark thoughts and also what made her who she was and who she is now!
She’s a different person, after two years since she left Weslyn and Evan, she’s more broken than ever, but you can see, even through her bad moments and depression, that she has indeed grew up. I know she isn’t all that better but she’s not that recluse anymore. She has learned a lot from her past mistakes and she is still confused by the multitude of emotions she still feels. Not only because of Evan, but because of her mother, her father’s death, her cousins, what happened to her because of Carol’s evilness and also because of Jonathan and the secret they share.
She’s not that high school girl either…high school ended and with it ended some part of Emily’s. I was glad when she experienced dating, partying and having more friends, but at the end, Sarah and Even would always be the ones to ressurect her soul.
No, she wasn’t the old Emma, but the new Emma is just as great, even with all her flaws.
One of the things I realized while reading it is that Emma and rest of her friends weren’t the only ones to grew, the story itself got more mature, so very different from the high school story from the beginning. Emma was never the typical high school girl, but in the second book we saw a more centered and social side of hers, she’s more into high school. And with this third book, we can see her college persona. She’s lost, but that’s not all, even though she experience college while being so broken, she is still more grown up and mature than the past and happier Emily. But unfortunately she lost her essence, what made her Emma (her loving for painting, the joy of being on a tree swing, the joy of being in love – actually to joy of experience being in love, because she never felt out of love from Evan).
This book was intense but a different intense. I didn’t have all that physical abusive pain the first one portraited, and it didn’t have much of the second book’s confusion. What it did have is a overwhelming sadness and brokeness…but will fixing Emma be enough? I believe that getting to know the new Emma and making herself love her is the key to mending her heart and her soul.