Evvy Hoffmeister is thirteen years old when her family brings her to Loon Lake Sanatorium to get cured of tuberculosis (TB). Evvy is frightened by her new surroundings; the rules to abide are harsh and the nurses equally rigid. But Evvy soon falls into step with the other girls in her ward. There’s Sarah, quiet but thoughtful; Pearl, who adores Hollywood glamour; and De
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Evvy Hoffmeister is a 13 year old girl who is put into Loon Lake Sanitarium in Loon Lake, Minnesota during the beginning of WWII to be treated for Tuberculosis. At first Evvy is afraid of her new, unknown surroundings, but as time wears on, she becomes close friends with her roommates. The 4 girls she becomes very close with are: Dena, a strong harsh young lady who is really quite kind; Pearl, who Wishes to one day escape this sanitarium and become a Movie star; Be ...more
Loved this book! It was so interesting! It's 1940, 13-year-old Evvy lives in Minnesota, and has tuberculosis. She spends time in Loon Lake TB Sanatorium in order to recover.
Sometimes people lived for years and years in the sanatoriums, and so many patients died. Evvy experiences the typical TB care of the time which included lots of rest, lots of food, and strict medical care.
She develops relationships with the other girls in her room, and not everyone has a happy ending.
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Loved this book and getting to know Evvy and the others. Hit all the feels from joy to sorrow to gleeful to heartbreaking.
I can't imagine spending four years at a sanatorium, as Dena did, or going so long without seeing my family.I liked the way the characters were revealed, and how some of them were not what they seemed at firs ...more
Evvy, age 13, is put on a ward with 3 other girls roughly her age and gradually learns to accept the rigors of her cure. Treatment consists of absolute bed rest, fresh air, good food, and no talking. Death is always near and the girls handle it in their own ways. Gradually t ...more
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Hayles obviously devoted a great deal of time and energy to researching ...more
With short quick chapters Evvy guides us through her time at Loon Lake from fear and loneliness to friendship, love, loss and healing. Because the novel take ...more
Not The Magic Mountain, though. Euch. After about 400 pages of Magic Mountain and you start to think Naphtha had the right idea in his method of getting the hell out of that story.
"Breathing Room" was rather dull, ...more
It's a very good read, maybe a 4th-6th grade reading level. It's good because you can see and visualize the struggles that Evvy has, and ...more
I'm not sure that the morbid content is suited ...more
All I have to say about this book is Wow! I loved it. It was such a powerful look and how these girls struggled every day with the certainty that death could take them. There was death around them always. And the author was not afraid to b ...more
Breathing Room takes place in 1940 at a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients. 13 year old Evvy has to leave everyone and everything she knows in order to get well. At Loon Lake Sanitorium in Minnesota, she is housed with other girls her age in a ward where the biggest rule is to rest. This means no talking, walking, or even going to the bathroom. (Can you say metal bedpans?) Stoic ...more
I can't believe I'm the first to have read this book on GoodReads! What a great book--a well crafted story based on such a scary time period for those who suffered with TB. I was totally engrossed and developed a bond with the characters. Tear jerker for sure, as many do not survive TB. Story is about girls living in a sanatorium, in order to heal and to prevent exposure to others as TB was a highly contagious disease in 1940. The boredom that was their daily existence as REST was one of ...more