Breathe My Name
A compelling psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of Teach Me. Frances Robinson has the perfect life: loving adoptive parents, a great best friend, and a cute new boyfriend. But Frances has a secret.
Once upon a time she wasn’t Frances Robinson. She was Shine, and she lived with h...more
It opens with a creepily evocative piece of writing from the point of view of a child, Shine, living with her three younger sisters and their psychotic mother, who thinks she's the queen of a fantasyland called Fireless.
Then it switches to the same child, now a teenager named Frances, who is living with her adoptive parents in Alabama. Her birth mother and sister ...more
Breathe My Name wasn't bad - when her mother's released from prison and leaves her a mysterious message, Frances and the new guy at her school, Nix, head off to find he ...more
As life se ...more
Now 18, she is adopted an still in school. She is sh ...more
It's not terrible, per se, but I don't give a crap about any of the characters or the plot. The heroine grates on my nerves (whinging), the hero is a Gary Stu (yawn), & the adults are all portrayed as Not Getting It because...they're adults, I guess? Whatever. I hate that technique -- it's a cheap & dirty way for authors to make their heroes/heroines appear DEEP(tm) & knowledgeable about human interaction. Zzzzz. I feel like I've already seen this kind of plot on Law & ...more
Frances Robinson's story has a lot in common with several news stories in recent years. Eleven years ago, her biological mother smothered her three younger sisters, and if it hadn't been for the arrival of a total stranger, Frances might have been next.
BREATHE MY NAME picks up when Frances is eighteen and a junior in high school. She lives with her loving adoptive parents in a nice home in a nice town. She is relatively happy, but ...more
In the midst of the main tragedy that takes place, the main character goes through a very real and convincing first teenage love that. While the beginning was solid, the end felt forced and confused. Something so terrible could never wra ...more
Frances is 18 and something of a loner. She lives with her parents and two younger brothers in small-town Alabama. It isn’t until the new boy, John Mullinix or Nix, arrives at her school that Frances’ life cracks open. Frances has been living in the shadow of a traumatic event – an event so horrible that she never talks about it and has, in many ways, surpressed its horror.
Frances’ best friend Ann Mirette in ...more
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Nelson was chosen as a Horn Book Newcomer in 2005 and his books have been recognized by the New York Public L ...more
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He lifts one hand from the steering wheel and pinches his chin. "Because the world is changing so fast all the time. There's nothing you can do but just say, 'cool,' and roll with it. But some things can stay the same. Flour is still flour. Vanilla still smells like vanilla. Say a giant fireball is motoring toward us right now from Alha Centauri. Okay, universe. You expect us to run and scream and kill one another? Sorry, we're making oatmeal freaking cookies.”