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Breathing

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  1,717 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town working at the library and lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she's convinced he's the one-her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama's st ...more
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Published April 16th 2009 by Speak (first published February 12th 2009)
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Katie
Savannah and Jackson's story is a new type of love story. Unlike most stories about long distance relationships, this one inspires hope.

As soon as I started reading this book, I fell in love with Savannah's character. She embodies the typical teenage girl, full of insecurities and hopes. Unlike most girls, though, Savannah has severe asthma.

Savannah was content to be by herself for the summer: working, reading romance novels, and watching out for her little brother. Then she met Jackson Channin
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Yan
Breathing was a tale of young love that steals your breath away. The sudden ache when you know that you are just meant to be, but the world prevents it. Or maybe just yourself? It’s the feeling that maybe you just are not good enough to be with that person that steals your breath or soul away. But, let’s aim for the positive. Breathing captured the essence of tender touches, ripping heartache, and soft caresses in one stunning novel.

Savannah was a poignant teen with an adorable sense of humor th
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Ashley - Book Labyrinth
I'm sort of on the fence with this one. I really liked certain aspects of it, but other parts I didn't. Maybe I was just expecting too much since everyone else seemed to think it was the Best Book Ever and I was expected something Sarah Dessen worthy. I liked Savannah's voice as the narrator, as in her personality, but I really could not get past all the Southern dialect. It was just so distracting, because it made me wonder if people really talk like that, since I know tons of Southerners who b ...more
Sarah MacLean
Finishing Cheryl Herbsman's BREATHING prompts one of those moments when you close a book with such complete satisfaction that you can't help but sigh.

The book is really wonderful. It's lyric and lovely and the characters are so very vivid and authentic that I actually felt like I had spent my summer in Savannah's world. And that Jackson...my word. He is a tall drink of water. Cheryl has written a stunning, beautiful, charming book--the story is so simple and so perfect. I want to read it again,
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Angee Saxey
Rating: PG-13. There is some cussing (no f-bombs, thank goodness) and one part of the book that shouldn't be read by eyes under that age (a makeout scene with light "petting").

The author captures the teen emotions, over-reactions, and selfishness perfectly. The thoughts and feelings of Savannah are exactly how I remember dealing with love, family, and trials then. Most YA/Teen books that I've read depict the characters more mature than I think I (or any teenager) was as a teenager and I had been
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Stephanie
Before I started Breathing, I was warned about the Southern dialect and how irritating it was. Yet, I found that when I was reading it, the dialect didn’t bother me much. True, I didn’t understand every word they were saying since it’s a different dialect and everything. But I got the main point and the language enhanced Breathing even more.

What I loved about Breathing was, ironically, the writing – the “Southern dialect”. It created an image in my head that allowed me to depict everything that
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Lizzy
Breathing made me mourn summer. I started the book in the middle of the first big snowstorm of the winter, and the description made me wish that I could go lay out in the sun.

I really enjoyed the way the story dealt with teen love. It didn't treat it like "puppy love" (a phrase my parents use to describe teen love), and it felt very real. Savannah, though immature and naive at times, cares very deeply about Jackson. I felt particularly bad for Savannah during the portion of the book where she wa
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Melissa
I really felt that Breathing could have been a good book for me, but unfortunately, it was hampered by its narration/accent and characterizations. The narration reads very much like a diary format, not unlike to The Princess Diaries, but it’s not, and because of that, I felt like I wasn’t sure what I was reading, a diary or a story.

Savannah (as in) Georgia Brown is a 15-year-old girl who lives in the south and is perfectly content with reading romance novels and living a simple life. She meets
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Kristi
Breathing was a very cute, quick and fun read. Herbsman’s writing transported me to a different place! I felt like I just came back from a southern beach side getaway.

Savannah was a bit excessively melodramatic for me at times, but I guess that’s how extreme first love can be. So although it was slightly annoying at times it also helped reinforce her realism. I wish I could have learned the story from Jackson’s perspective. I didn’t fully understand why he was so drawn to Savannah, yes she is pa
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April
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Laura
Law! It's done.....A girl can only take southern ways to talk so much... I'm sorry I didn´t appreciate it the way it ought to be but it was unavoidable. I cannot think of something real good about this one because it does not have a "wow" factor.
-A girl with asthma(or other medical condition) -being there, done that.
-A messy brother (younger or older) -being there, done that.
-An ultra-protective mother, single -being there, done that.
-The girl we're speaking of has something that hints her some
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Jennifer
I was very excited to read this book from the minute I read about it on the Debs of 2009 Livejournal. A southern girl falling in love for the first time? Sign me up! (In fact, I was so excited to read it that I read it *before* Sarah Dessen's new book -they came in the same book order- and I adore Sarah Dessen.)

If it was an option I would have given this book 3.5 stars. I liked it enough that I will recommend it to people, but not so much that I can see myself reading it over and over again.

I l
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Alea


Breathing is a perfect book to read in the summer. What a wonderful story. Watching Savannah come into her own over one summer, meeting the love of her life Jackson, and learning things about herself she never knew were possible.

Savannah goes through a roller coaster of emotions, up and down and up and down, because of her family, her severe asthma, and because of Jackson. I really worried for her at some points, her asthma could really put her in danger from time to time. Her trips to the hospi
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I wasn't sure what I was expecting from this. A summer romance kind of light read? Sure. It has all that but what I liked about this one was the simplicity of the writing and the characters. I mean both are really good and you can tell the emotion is there and the pacing flows well. It did have a bit over dramatics at times, what with the main character and the insta love and all. But slowly she grows into her own as the romance too. The relationship with the mom I especially like and Jackson wa ...more
Laura
This book was merely ok. It picked up a bit once I got farther into it but I felt like the writing was really inconsistent and the characters were one-dimensional. I also never felt like the relationship between the two main characters was all that special and it developed too quickly to really be believable. It wasn't a long book so I stuck with it until the end and the basic story line was ok but it could have be executed much better in my opinion.
Michelle Arrow
Chick-lits mean so much to me. I love the essence of summer romances. Southern summer romances are probably the greatest type of chick-lit out there. I was so so so pleased with this one, it's probably one of my most favourite books that I've so far read this year.
The plot got right to the point from the first chapter. The romance began so ferociously and quickly, I was obsessed from the first page.
Jackson, Oh Jackson, where art thou? Gosh. I loved HIM. He's so dreamy and perfect, any girl woul
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Jenny
These characters feel very real to me -- Mama, Jackson, especially Savannah. Their concerns, desires, interactions with one another combine to create vibrant, living, *breathing* people. And Savannah and Jackson have some heat going on. A very fine debut.
Dominic
So this wasn't so bad. I liked Savannah. She's 15 but acts older in certain situations ( taking care of her brother and family). But man is she paralyzed when it comes to Jackson.

She literally can't function if he isn't spending every second with her. That was annoying. But then again, she's 15 and finally found love so I can't get to upset.

The story itself kept me entertained. I'm not big in these kind of stories but I found myself enjoying the ups and downs of Savannah's life.

Overall a dece
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Angela
A sweet story about summer love, following your dreams and the important people in your life who love you.
Hannah
Never felt any chemistry between the leads, ever.
Lauren
Review:

You know a book is going to be fabulous when it's tag line is "What if the boy who took your breath away was the one who could help you breathe?" Luckily, Breathing was that and even more.

The whole plot and problems in Breathing were extremely basic and sometimes predictable. Though, it felt like Cheryl Renne Herbsman just added a whole new feeling to it because of the southern charm and the interesting characters. Savannah was defiantly one of my favorites because, for one, she loved bo
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kb
I had very little faith in this, regardless of the Judy Blume reference in its back blurb because yes, while the cover is gorge, the premise does not leave too much promise, you know? But thank the lit heaven for surprises! It was something fierce. I loved the story telling and more especially, the way it was written. I think I have never read a book written in an American Southern accent before, and it was such a joy, like for realz! (Would it be inapprops to say I sort of heard Forrest Gump's ...more
Samantha
Breathing is a story that can make you smile and break your heart all in the same moment. It’s a story of young love, of finding yourself, of learning how to breathe on your own. It’s a story that reminds you (or in some cases, shows you)what it’s like that first time you fall in love, that first time that someone steals your heart and steals your breath away.

Savannah isn’t you totally typical teenage girl. She splits her time between reading trashy romance novels in the summer, looking out for
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Marina
I originally was going to give this book 2 stars, but in the end I gave it 3.

What immediately set me off was the dialect. I mean, I've read books with dialects before. Heck, I made it through Their Eyes Were Watching God without any effort, but this book really irked me. I am aware that people actually do speak like this, but in my head it seemed exaggerated and basically annoying the way the characters spoke. Every time they said "shoo" and "lord" and "for a spell," etc etc, I just wanted to ro
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Karen (BookishWonders)
Breathing is a cute and romantic story about young love. A great novel for a summer’s read.

The book cover instantly caught my attention, the book itself was engrossing. I appreciated the Southern drawl that made the book seem more realistic. The obstacles that the lovers had to face was also relatable and realistic; curfew, chores, money, long distance relationship and strict parents etc. The author captured the teenage minds in her story perfectly.

Savannah is a sweet fifteen year old girl who
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Bianca
Savannah's father walked out on her family long ago and her mother has been the one taking care of her and her brother Dog. Savannah is book smarts and has dreams of going onto bigger things as soon as she gets out of her small town. One summer day she meets a guy named Jackson on the beach and soon they find it hard to stay away from each other.

Herbsman writes a sweet, innocent and fast-paced story about first love and how teenagers can truly love one another. Jackson and Savannah are able to m
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Tina
Breathing : quick, fun, easy read.

Savannah falls in love for the first time. Unfortunately she becomes obsessive and pushy when Jackson moves to help his mom. She turns into the girl that ditches her friends for a boy and just sits at home and obsessive over when he will call. She lets her dreams fall to the way side because she doesn't want to miss any moments with him. Even though I can't stand girls who are like this, some how I found her to be bearable. It must have been Herbsman writing th
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Kristin
Set on the Carolina shore, Breathing by Cheryl Renée Herbsman focuses on Savannah (ironically named for Savannah, Georgia) the summer she meets Jackson Channing. When Savannah was young, her father left the family, and since then Savannah has been faced with severe asthma attacks that occur more frequently than she would like to admit, especially to the handsome Jackson. His presence not only captures the attention of her heart, but allows her to breathe a little more easily. When Jackson has to ...more
Teen
I closed this book and sighed a happy sigh. It isn’t often that I read something that isn’ t blood, violence and intrigue so, I forgot that I liked another kind of book.

A sweet, clean, summer romance that is more than it appears. The tagline, “What if the guy who took your breath away was the only one who could help you breathe?”, is intriguing and really does capture the essence of the this book. Savannah Georgina Brown (not Savannah Georgia, her mama thought that would be tacky!) loves to read
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Stephanie Loy Son
Breathing is about a fifteen year old girl named Savannah who falls in love with eighteen year old Jackson. However, this simple plot is filled with the troubles of Savannah's asthma and the turmoils of true love. Savannah and Jackson's love is a bumpy road filled with family problems, strict rules and asthma attacks.

What I really loved about this novel was the way it was written or it's prose. The novel is written from Savannah's point of view, which is written in a Southern accent, which I abs
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