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Breathe My Name by R.A. Nelson
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Mar 11, 2008

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bookshelves: youngadult
Read in March, 2008

I picked this up off the YA shelves at the library because of the cover (I love the title written in condensation), and then because of the "my mother killed all my siblings except for me and she's now in a mental hospital" storyline. Because I find those news stories about mothers who kill their children horrifically fascinating.

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 her. The ending is fairly unbelievable, but I quite liked Frances, her anxious adopted family, and her memories of her mother's insanity. [It's never quite clear what's wrong with her mother - the birth of her children and her isolation is mentioned, implying post-natal depression, but she also says voices speak to her. So, I'm going with insanity as a nice general term.]
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