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Out of Breath

(Breathing #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  46,545 ratings  ·  3,885 reviews
Emma leaves Weslyn and everyone in it behind to attend Stanford University, just as she always intended. A shell of her former self, she is not the same girl. She is broken, and the only way that she’ll be whole again is through forgiveness. Emma must find a way to forgive herself and recognize her own worth before she can receive the love she deserves. This final installm ...more
Kindle Edition, 422 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Skyscape (first published June 6th 2013)
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Akanksha❤ Søren♰
SERIOUSLY??!! I am so freakin' angry hurt disappointed annoyed irritated upset, name it and I'm that with this book. This book, quite frankly was horrible.


The 3 Stars I'm giving this book are ONLY FOR ALL THE GUY CHARACTERS, especially COLE. and also for how the POVs were written. It was brilliant hot one pov lead to the other. AMAZING

I mean after such brilliant first two books of the series; Reason to Breathe and Barely Breathing, we get such a shitty third
Seena Seena
May 09, 2012 marked it as to-read
9th May 2012
I want this NOW! Seriously! It's not fair! I want to throw a tantrum like my 3yr old does when he doesn't get what he wants!

9th September 2012

What? Still no release date or blurb?!?!?!?! Ohhh hellllll no!


17th September 2012


We have a cover....... but still no blurb or release date!

1st October 2012

It has now been advised that the release date will be announced on the 5th October!!!!! Ohhh yeaaaaaahhhhh buddy!


6th October 2012

So because I live in Australia Friday the 5th Oc
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

I am devastatingly disappointed with this book since I had such high expectations, the first two books ‘Reason to Breathe' and ‘Barely Breathing’ were brilliantly written and both of them left us with huge cliffy’s and what makes this even worse is that we had to wait such a long time for this book to be released.

Normally I would agree that Rebecca Donovan is an exceptional writer who basically holds all your emotions in the palm of her hands while you are reading her books. Perhaps,
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You just know that I will be the one sitting at the computer screen repeatedly clicking refresh in the hopes that there will at least be like a book summary or something. I will not for a second waver. I will sit here religiously and click refresh because this is how much I am addicted to this series. I realize that this is not healthy and I seriously do not give a damn. I am and will forever be addicted to Emma and Evan. When the release date is posted I will bite my fingernails in anticipation ...more
Tough Critic Book Reviews
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2013

There are moments in life you'll never forget. Moments that brand your heart. Moments that shatter your soul. Moments that are infinite.

New emotions are created in these moments.

Time stops in these moments.

We lose ourselves in these moments...

We all shared this moment at the end of Reason to Breathe Our happily ever after was ripped away only to be replaced by emotions we didn't even know existed. Emotions created by a moment that caused us to stop breathing. A fearless ending that sho
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

And the winner of the biggest book disappointment of the year goes to.....

Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan!!!

And to think this was probably my most anticipated book release of 2013!!

Yeah....instead, here I am!

I feel like this book also suffered from the "series syndrome"! The author made us wait a year for the final installment in the series. And let's face it....the more time that goes by, the less and less I am going to care. So as an author you better BRING IT! Not to mention I don't necessa
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Minor Spoilers- mature content reader discretion is advised.
3 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance

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I don’t even know what to write. I have a love hate relationship with this book. I love Evan, Cole and Jared. I disliked Emma and hated her actions. It was rare that she was in a scene and I enjoyed reading it enough to be content. Nope, her character kept me in an emotionally edgy state at all times. In fact I spent most of the book like this

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Now don’t get me wrong I don’t min
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
4 Still Breathing Stars

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It’s been two years since Emma left Weslyn and went to Stanford for school. Two years since she’s left the past behind her, cutting off essentially everyone and everything except Sara and her roommates. She has been existing, but not living. Ever since she left her old life, ever since she left Evan, she’s been barley hanging on.

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Emma is on a seriously self destructive path. Emma is out of control. Doing things she swore she would never do, acting out in ways I ne
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it


Disappointed-- 3 Stars for the writing not the story line

It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this final installment of Rebecca Donovan’s Breathing Series. Like all fans, I wanted Emma and Evan to have their hea. The minute this book was released – the husband and kids were put on strict “do not disturb” warning. They have heard all about the books because I get all emotional when I talk about these characters.

Out of Breath brings a reader two years after Emma left Weslyn for Stanford.
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
2.5 stars

***** Warning - rant, with some minor spoilers ********

What the hell was that? Seriously? Can somebody tell me how that was supposed to make be feel, because I'm pretty sure that it wasn't supposed to make me frustrated, annoyed, bored, and then frustrated again.

I didn't like Emma in this book at all. I get that she has been through a crap ton of horrible shit. I was very sympathetic to her in the previous two books, but in this one, I just wanted to scream at her to get the fuck over
Trinity Hanrahan
JULY 2, 2013


Thank GOD for good friends!!!

*scurries off, clutching book with glee and possessiveness*

I'lll be back...sometime. After I'm done. And have finished crying, eating a bottle of Xanax and drinking myself senseless.

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JULY 1, 2013

FUCK ME! I have to hide from Goodreads tomorrow! I can't get my book until WEDNESDAY !!!!

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JULY 1, 2013

*skips in happiness and excit

Rebecca Donovan has just changed the cover for OUT OF BREATH:


And, we also have a new teaser-------->


I closed my eyes, my chest tightening, knowing I wasn't ready. But the firmness of his body against my side and his scent held me captive, keeping me from moving a single muscle. I was afraid to lose this – his touch, his warmth.

His hand ran across my stomach, and I inhaled quickly. "Oh, Emma," he murmured in my ear, making me bite my lip. His fingers coile
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How are you going to end a book like that and then expect us to wait? It was bad enough we had wait for the second installment! But on a side note: what a fantastic series so far. Absolutely loved both of the books and can't wait to read the final chapter on Emma and Evan. ...more
 ♥  Barb ♥
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 OUT OF BREATH stars

“You were my reason to breathe.”

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This is the third book in the Breathing series. This is the story of Evan and Emma. Emma is BROKEN. Her HELL started when she was 11 yrs old and had to move in with her aunt and uncle. She later, meets Evan who in the end....SAVES her. The first two books ended with massive cliffy's and left me heartbroken, but FINALLY after waiting a very long, 12 months... I get my happily ever after. This book had me crying, laughing, screaming and la
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

4.5 ★'s

At the end of the last book, you know some horrible things had happened and that Emma took off to Stanford...and that's where I've been left hanging for the past year - imagining all sorts of scenarios that could be played out. None of them even came close to what happened in this book! Okay, okay...maybe the part where Evan shows up. That was definitely in ALL my scenarios!

This book, heck, this series is pretty depressing but there are some good moments too. It's really about a damaged
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it

Dark, raw, and just as gripping as the first two!

It’s been two years since Emma left Evan alone and broken and time has not healed her wounds. Despite putting on a brave face for her supportive roommates and Sara, she knows she hanging on by a thread. The hate, anger, hurt, and guilt, are drowning her and although she continues to fight, she knows that soon enough, she’s going to let it pull her under.

… I was feeling again. Way too much. And I was afraid. So very afraid of what might happen
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
***Unfulfilled, Slow-Paced Stars***

This is straight up BULLSHIT!!
Out Of Breath, is not a tear jerker. It's the complete opposite. The sadness is due to MY complete disappointment with the book.
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Now, now peeps!!!! It's not what you think. Unfortunately, this is not a review of the book. So if you were looking for a synopsis or summary, you have come to the wrong place!!!!!! This is a FULL ON RANT & BITCHING on my part.

I am saddened for numerous reasons but let me entertain you with the reaso
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This morning there was a piece of news I’ve been expecting to hear for AGES now (about three weeks actually, when I finished “Barely breathing”, but I tend to overreact) plastered on my Facebook wall:

“Out of breath” expected publication date has FINALLY been released.


Or so I thought, at first, just to have my poor unadvised heart shattered into small pulsating blooded bits, because when my eyes darted greedly to the release date it read: june 2013.

Kellie Maddox-Ward
Oct 06, 2012 marked it as to-read

JUNE 13TH 2013?!?!?!?!?!?!?! WHY GOD WHY?!?!

Out of Breath BY Rebecca Donovan

I am a huge fan of the breathing series. I thought Rebecca Donovan was a genius for creating such powerful story with outstanding characters. I spent most of 2012/ and the beginnings of 2013 waiting for the last one, i had many scenarios in my mind, and in disparate state to know what happened. I asked for an ARC copy but the Author said that she decided she won't give any ARC copies and then she sai
Jun 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Even though I’m an avid reader, it’s unusual for me to be passionate about a series; Reasons to Breath was one of those rarities. It breaks my heart to give a one star review to this series’ conclusion, but in the end I’m disappointed with this series finale, I expected more or something I clearly didn’t find in Out of Breath.

Spoiler Alert >>> Read at Your Own Caution

"Focus on the journey, not the destination." -Greg Anderson

Out of Breath started almost two years ago since the end of Barely Bre
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Reviewed on:

I picked up ‘Out of Breath’ with so much nervous trepidation yet excited urge to find out just what was going to happen with Emma and Evan in this third and final instalment. After two devastatingly emotional cliff-hangers that had me nearly throwing my kindle at the wall and nearly two years down the line I was so ready yet so very scared at the same time.

My heart started pounding immediately and I already felt the lump in my throat from the
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ @bookwormthoughts
Five Stunningly Beautiful Stars

(This review assumes you know the story of Emma & Evan in the first 2 books)

“I’d earned every aching beat that pounded in my chest.”

Out of Breath, for me, is a truly fabulous read; I absolutely loved it. It's bursting with emotions and feelings all wrapped up in a bundle of LOVE ♥

I know not everyone has felt the same about this book and I completely understand the reasons why but I thought it was stunning; this is what I thought and why I LOVED IT!!

Smitten's Book Blog

Ok, I think this is a prime example of it being so long between books that you kind of forget what happened.

3.5 stars!

"To breathing!" Serena raised her shot glass to mine.

I remember feeling as though I'd had my heart ripped out of my chest, at the end of book #2, but I couldn't remember a lot of the details, because an awful lot happened. So, seeing as book #3 focused a lot on the things that happened in book #2, I spent a lot of Out of Breath racking my brain. I had a quick flick t
Jul 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
I have no words to describe this book. It was just utter disappointment.
I mean I was looking forward to the end of the series so badly ..I knew Donovan was going to bring a great finale. I WAS SO WRONG!
This one killed it. The whole series is ruined for me, I cannot believe that was even possible. I had such high expectations. And FAIL.

I have not even finished it and really did not want to.
The story just drags, which in this book I found ok. Until well it went all down the drain.
Evan is not
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
Every choice had a consequence. I'd earned every aching beat that pounded in my chest.

I seriously don't know how I feel about this book. I know for sure I read the first two books in this series last summer, a whole year ago, and absolutely adored them. They were like an emotional train wreck I just couldn't look away from. But it took forever for this book in the series to even have a release date, and when it finally got one it was ages away. Lucky for me, I have like 1700 books on my TBR
K. D. Grace
Oct 12, 2012 marked it as to-read
Rebecca, I'm going to cry... You are going to turn me into blubbering MESS. I need this book now and as I can see, I'm not the only one having a breakdown full of tantrums of torrential proportions. Where do we go for our fill? I don't think we can handle the pressure of waiting til next year. How do people earn those advance copies I keep hearing of... I gotta comfort my Emma and NOW MY EVAN. Man, patience is a virtue I have purposely skipped out on on learning. Book lovers are the worst I'm af ...more
June Luu
Jun 13, 2012 marked it as to-read
I cannot wait until this book comes out...I mean, after the cliffhanger in book 1, it killed me just to wait for book 2 and now that Emma suddenly left Evan??? WTFFFF!!!! why oh why did u leave him???
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it

I waited with baited breath until this story came out…

Out of Breath is the long awaited conclusion to the dark, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, and emotionally intense Breathing trilogy. At the end of Barely Breathing, Emma Thomas left home suddenly after a lot of explosive drama went down. She left everyone she loved behind with no explanation, including her boyfriend, Evan Matthews. It’s now been two years. She’s pre-med and a sophomore at Stanford University.

Emma has been through so much in he
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: soon, top-tbr
OMG I need to know what happens!! 'Scuse me while I go stockpile the Xanax..

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I'm a passionate (and some would say, overly enthusiastic) person. I learn by doing (and have been burned more times that I'd like to admit), but I will always throw my entire self into whatever I do - fail or succeed

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