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Breathe

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  486 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Breathe is the haunting confession of nineteen-year-old Charlene Boher. From her prison cell, Charlene recounts her lonely adolescence. Growing up shy and unpopular, Charlene never had many friends. That is, until she meet Sarah, a beautiful and charismatic American-French girl who moved back to Paris for high school. Much to Charlene's shock and delight, the two girls qui ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 2nd 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2001)
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george
We know at the beginning of the book that Charlene has killed her best friend. What we don't know is why. In the beginning we meet Charlene in her prison cell. She admits what she has done and she doesn't seem to be remorseful. From there she begins the story of her life: from a shy child to a haunted adolescent. Sarah, an American French girl, comes into Charlene's life in high school and from then on Charlene's life is doomed.

This was an interesting novel. Short, but really long enough. What
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Snowwhiteofmoon
Ce livre est sortit en 2001 pour dont l’auteur n’avait que 17 ans à l’époque. C’est très jeune et au final, je trouve que son histoire est très bien ficelée. D’ailleurs Mélanie Laurent a produit le film et j’ai vraiment très envie de le découvrir (je croise les doigts pour que ma ville le sorte…).

En ce qui concerne l’histoire, Anne-Sophie Brasme, va très loin pour nous touchés en plein cœur car le personnage de Charlène, qu’elle nous fait découvrir est très renfermer. Cette jeune fille ne sent p
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prettybooks
Respire est un roman coup de poing. Parce que la haine, l’amitié et l’amour sont parfois si forts qu’un rien les sépare. L’écriture de l’auteur est incroyable et cette descente aux enfers, ce mal-être et cette jalousie maladive que ressent Charlène plongent le lecteur dans un état second. Une magnifique découverte. A ne pas louper.

Ma chronique http://myprettybooks.wordpress.com/20...
annik
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Kate
I think the idea behind this novel is really good- a young teen's obsession with another teen leads to murder and prison. I did think that the obsession part was handled well, but the ending was abrupt. It ends with the murder and the discovery of the body, but doesn't explain how she is caught and exactly what her sentence was. This is not a book that answers the questions that it raises with the reader, which isn't always a bad thing, but for me it kept me at a distance in this book. Overall t ...more
Noémie
Lecture rapide mais très difficile pour moi. A la fin de ma lecture, je n'ai pas pu dire ce que j'en pensais tellement ce livre est... étrange.
Le synopsys m'a tout de suite plu,une histoire d'amitié ambigu qui tourne au drame. Mais voilà, dès les premiers chapitre je n'ai pas réussi à m'attacher aux personnages. Charlène m'insupporte du début à la fin. Elle se fait passer pour la victime (ahem), alors qu'on a envie de la secouer et de lui dire "mais oublie laaaaaa! tu trouves que Sarah se compo
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Zineb Sekkat
C'est une histoire dérangeante et débordante de sentiments contradictoires qui s'entremêlent dans l'esprit d'une ados totalement perdue.
Je ne suis pas arriver à la comprendre, comprendre pourquoi elle s'est laisser perdre elle-même pour vivre à travers les yeux d'une autre personne.
La plume de l'auteur porte bien l'histoire elle est juste exceptionnelle. Les affres de l'adolescence sont parfaitement incarnées par le personnage.
En revanche, j'étais impatiente de finir l'histoire, pas parce qu'e
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Sarah
I finished this one, but only because it was short.
Billie
I read this years ago, back when my depression was just beginning, and I just couldn't put the book down(even though this was the time when I hated reading)because I felt like somebody finally understood what I was going through. Now that I reread it, I get it even more than back then, and it is still one of my favorite novels.
It's short, it's daunting, and it's so easy to read. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Katie
Apr 17, 2012 Katie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dramatic Teens who Love Flowery I'm so Fucked Up Boo-Hoo Books
Recommended to Katie by: Library browsing
This book suffers from a poor translation, or super crappy writing, and an implausible, unbelievable story. It's no great mystery, from the beginning, as to who has been murdered, but the narrator's descent into madness is ridiculous, as was her strange obsession with her bitchy friend. I rolled my eyes continually. The only reason I kept on, was the print was large, and the book was a slight 117 pages. I also hoped it would get to the part where she goes to prison, as she is telling her tale fr ...more
Kathy Bortko
Enjoyed reading this tremendously. Loved both characters. Chase with his foul mouth (oh my), Faye with her innocence (not annoying) had my laughing quite a bit. Good read.
Kim Jagodzinski
Different. The book was good. Believable storyline.
Amandork
Interesting book. Very short read, but delivered the point. The story starts off with the aftermath and Charlene recounts the events that led to her actions -- it's rather predictable, really. What makes it fascinating is the timing of the every single event and how each of Sarah's cruel blows became magnified to the point that you don't really want to blame Charlene for her decision. --Minor spoiler--

I especially liked the final paragraphs and how it doesn't fully go back to where the story st
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Abi
Es la quinta vez que leo este libro.
Es mi favorito, no me canso de el, y cada que lo comienzo tengo presente que no voy a dejar de leerlo hasta que lo termine.
La relación que tenia al principio Charlene con Sarah me recuerda tanto a la que tenia con la que fue mi mejor amiga, les juro que me duele cada que lo leo. Tal vez por eso amo tanto este libro, porque me hace sentir mucho, cosa que no todos logran.
Jin
I read this book when I was taking German as-a-second-language course back in high school. It was quite readable and relatable due to the fact that the relationship described in the book can happen to any teenager. However, I wouldn't recommend this book to those who have already passed those embarrassing years of middle and high school, just because, looking back now, it all seems so irrelevant.
Ana Rf
No sé por qué me gusta tanto este libro.

La historia es muy cruda, fea y deprimente pero me agrada, es diferente. Me encanta la manera en que esta narrado con tantas descripciones sobre los aromas, el misterio está presente y aunque es corto la historia te engancha.

Es uno de mis libros preferidos, lo he leído muchas veces.
Fellini
Aug 30, 2011 Fellini rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fellini by: Странница
Открытый и подростково-жёсткий роман. О взрослении, о болезненной зависимости от подруги, о любви и ревности. Так и бывает, да. С облегчением поняла, что сама до такой вот преданности и полного растворения в другом человеке всё же никогда не доходила.
Kristel
Loved the writing, and how it's pieced together. loved the book overall although effed up for sure. Can't believe the author was soo young when she wrote this book. Talk about an inspirational author, gutsy enough to write such a crazy story.
Jade McDonough
A quick little read in the vein of Camus (who is referenced a couple times in the story as well). I enjoyed it. If you like French existentialism plus teenage girl angst, you'll probably like it as well.
Rachel Manlop
This is probably the book that change my entire existance! It shows practically my life and I can truly identify with Charlie! This is the most amazing book I've ever read!
Maddalena
Soffocante.
Una discesa continua nella mente della protagonista, claustrofobico e anche abbastanza difficile da digerire se ci si lascia coinvolgere.
Kalapani
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Linjea
Voor zo'n jonge schrijfster verrassend goed geschreven. Lekker tussendoortje. Je leest het in een dag uit.
Heqlthyoption
Had to read this for school. It's fairly good, but not really something I'd have read on my own.
chuckyna
No, rozhodně to byla zajímavá četba, takovej náhled do mysli labilního člověka.
Kira
The most stirring, shoking, craziest book, which inspired me and destroyed my life.
Ali Dynx
I really, really love this book. Amazing!
Cheryl
Eh, an interesting book but a very strange read
Christian
Wunderschöne Beschreibung einer Abhängigkeit.
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