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Ten Tiny Breaths

(Ten Tiny Breaths #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  71,595 ratings  ·  5,705 reviews
Four years after losing her parents, best friend, and boyfriend in a drunk driving accident, twenty-year-old Kacey Cleary runs away to begin a new life in Miami. Hardened by the tragedy, she's determined to keep everyone at a distance—until she meets an irresistible and mysterious neighbor who is determined to melt the ice over her heart. ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Atria Books (first published December 11th 2012)
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Colleen Hoover
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have two copies of this book on my bookshelf. I only read one of them and I really, really loved it. But I felt bad that I was neglecting the other copy, so I decided to read it too, but I started with the last word and read the whole book backwards. I wouldn't recommend doing that, it doesn't really make much sense. And it takes longer to read the book back to front than it does front to back, because our brains aren't used to working in reverse.
If you read this book, which I think you shoul
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Listen......,are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?"

How long has it been since you've read a fairytale? Let me tell you about the one I came across recently.......a fairytale about redemption and forgiveness, about love and life, a fairytale about healing, about second chances.....

in a land not that far away lived a girl called Kacey. She was a girl with auburn hair and light blue eyes - the princess of our story.

She lived in happy times, in a happy palace of warmth, emotio
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audio re-read 11/13/15. This book! Still love it just as much as the first time <3

Just breathe. Ten tiny breaths... Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

This story is absolutely beautiful.

“Our past isn’t who we are. I’m me and you’re you and that’s who we need to be.”

This is Kacey’s story

Twenty year old Kacey and her little sister Livie move to Miami, far away from their aunt and uncle in Michigan. A car accident several years ago took Kacey’s parents, best friend, and boyfriend from her a
Aestas Book Blog
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

“Just breathe,” my mom would say.
“Ten tiny breaths …
Seize them.
Feel them.
Love them.”

My Trent casting^^

This is a story about a girl who was drowning in the pain of her shattered life and the boy with a dark past of his own who pulled her out and helped her to breath, to live, and to love again.

"Give me your heart, Kasey. I'll take everything that comes with it."

This book doesn’t ease you in to the story, it just plunges you right in and submerges you in its beautiful and spir
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

How do you cope after watching your entire world crumble around you?What do you do when everything goes wrong?What do you do when pain shatters your soul?



................TINY BREATHS.......................

.............TEN TINY BREATHS.....................


Seize them......Feel them......Love them.

Just Breathe..........


Whitney Atkinson
This book was a fucking mess. There was NOTHING about it that I enjoyed. The main character was a bitch, the entire book's premise was unrealistic and disgusting, the romance was dry, rushed, and unrealistic, there was slut shaming, etc. NOTHING in this book made sense. I am appalled someone read this and went "!!!! wow!!!!! let's publish this!!!!!" the storyline was so predictable and cheesy and the relationship was SO gross and toxic, and the entire construction of this book was a trainwreck. ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Read with Archaeologist's Anonymous group
Old MacKacey had a farm. E-I-E-I-O.
And on this farm she had a Trent. E-I-E-I-O.
With a wink, wink, here and a smirk, smirk, there. Here a wink, there a wink, everywhere a wink, wink.
Old MacKacey had a farm. E-I-E-I-OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH...

2.5 stars. Sleepy Stacia after a long weekend = nothing in the bag of tricks other than some random thoughts. I'll avoid non-tagged major spoilers of specific outcome-revealing details, but there will probably be dancing around general plot points o
"A hissing sound..
Bright lights...
And then it all just...stops. And I'm vaguely aware that something is very wrong. "Mom? Dad?" There's no answer.
It's hard to breathe..."

"Just breathe," my mom would say. "Ten tiny breaths..."

~ Seize them.
~ Feel them.
~ Love them.

And that is exactly what Kacey does every time she feels like the world has fallen form underneath her feet and she just can't breath any more...

Ten tiny breaths is a remarkable story about loss, love, friendship and about
Tough Critic Book Reviews
This was another read in which I was doused with reader hype before I had a chance to pick it up. When that's the case, I try not to expect much. Actually, I prefer to enter a book with little to no expectations. Expectations tend to taint my experience. However, if you look up synonyms for taint you'll find the word infect. There is no doubt that I was infected by Ten Tiny Breaths from the very first moment.

What blew my mind was that this book was a fast paced easy read despite the trauma, hea
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How to start... How to start... Ok so Ten Tiny Breaths follows the story of Kacey Cleary, a girl who is trying to get her life back on track after a traumatic accident. Shortly after which, her and her sister move to live with her aunt and uncle. After that fails they decided to run away and move to Florida. I was drawn too this story for two reasons... The cover and the ratings. Almost everyone I'm friends with on GRs gave it 4 stars or higher... Which I'm kind of confused about.

The characters
Initial reaction: I think most people know from my status updates on this that I didn't like this book, but I think reflecting upon the work on a number of different levels, it's more than just one element or the measure that this fell into many New Adult cliches. This book really got under my skin on how poorly it was written, how poorly it treats some very weighted, but very real issues (PTSD, depression, etc.) and how it manipulates dramatic scenarios to the point that none of it felt real. T ...more
Pearl Angeli
I've just read another phenomenal book!


I picked Ten Tiny Breaths because of its postive reviews on Goodreads and I'm so happy that I made a great decision. It did not disappoint. The story was handled and delivered well by the author.

Ten Tiny Breaths tells us a story about the main character Kacey Cleary whose life has changed ever since the day her parents, her boyfriend, and her bestfriend died in a car accident. It's the accident where she was the only one who survived. When she and her siste
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
“Just breathe...
Ten tiny breaths ...
Seize them...
Feel them...
Love them...”


How many deaths can you bear before you get drowned?

Will you ever recover from your past?


Kacey lost her parents , her best friend and her boyfriend in a car accident.Since then she was living at her aunt's house .
After an incident Kacey decided that it wasn't safe for her and her sister to live there and they ran away.
They moved to a new town.
They started a new life.

"Our pasts isnt who we are.I'm me and you ar
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
"Just breathe," my mom would say.
"Ten tiny breaths...Seize them.
Feel them.Love them."


Ten Tiny Breaths follows Kasey’s journey as she goes through the stages of her life.

Stage One-Comfortably Numb
Stage Two-Denial
Stage Three-Resistance
Stage Four-Acceptance
Stage Five-Dependence
Stage Six-Withdrawal
Stage Seven-Breakdown
Stage Eight-Recovery
Stage Nine-Forgiveness

After a tragic accident that took the lives of her parents,best friend and boyfriend Kacey changed!Before she was a sweet
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Kacey and Trent:

"The blue floors, the rusty old machines, the walls, everything around me vanishes under the weight if his gaze as it strips me of my protective bitch coat, yanking it clean off my body, levaing me bare and vulnerable in second."

After tragical death of Kacey's dearest ones and after her younger sister was almost molested by their uncle, Kacey decides to act as Livie's guardian and run away with her to Miami to start over again. But after everything Kacey had to go through,
Ramona Popescu
I've heard to much about this series and I know that K.A.Tucker is a wonderful writer, that truly provides her readers with the most genuine and real stories. This depth I am talking about will surely connect with everybody because we all know life sometimes can be hard, but we must find a reason to keep going.

So, taking into consideration the above info, let me tell you something about the story. Kacey has been through a lot. After losing her parents, best friend and boyfriend in a terrible acc
"That's All" Ash
“Just breathe,” my mom would say. “Ten tiny breaths…Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”

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What the hell does a tiny breath do? Why not a deep breath? Why not three or five or twenty? I’d scream and she’d simply smile her little smile. I didn’t understand then.

I do now.

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This isn’t your average love story.

This isn’t about how a beautiful girl meets the beautiful boy and then they go off into the sunset and live a beautiful life.

You’re going to cry. And you’re going to scream. And yo
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This gets 4 **** bright stars from me!! TEN TINY BREATHS by K.A TUCKER is a New Adult novel that is beautifully written, emotional and ends up as a feel good read which I thought was quite good! To be honest I didn't even realize that there was even such a genre as New Adult, I had to google it! This was definitely a page turner and extremely hard to put down.

I am following my new review format for this read as mostly all of my points of a complete reading experience do apply for this one. Usua
Smitten's Book Blog

My Kacey and Trent

Fantastic book! I was in a huge book hangover from my last read and I was worried that whatever I read next would be difficult, but Ten Tiny Breaths was just what I needed.

It was a really easy read. I flew through it in about twelve hours and it was relatively pain free.

The characters were great. Trent was impossible not to fall in love with from the very beginning. He was sexy and seductive, with his panty dropping laundromat introductions... I was hooked.

I think I'm g
Jenny Levine
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“Just breathe,”
“Ten tiny breaths…
Seize them.
Feel them.
Love them.”

Ten Tiny Breaths is about Kacey Cleary and the Stages of her Life

Stage One ~ Comfortably Numb
After a tragic drunk driving accident that took the lives of her parents, best friend, and boyfriend, Kacey became an Ice Queen.
Before Kacey was a sweet girl. Her irises shined when she laughed. She had tons of friends, and she snuck in hugs and kisses and handholding with her boyfriend whenever she could. But that Ka
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Nothing new is grabbing my attention, so now I'm going back in time to 2013 to re-read this one and hopefully fit in the rest of the series.

This book just plunges you right into the story from page one, you go on an emotional roller coaster right through to the end..Ten Tiny Breaths is a definite read!! Gets my recommendation and 5/5 stars and then some!!
Final rating: 4.75/5 stars

“I want to make you smile. For real. Always. We’re going to go for dinners, and see movies, and walk on the beach. We’ll go hang-gliding, or bungee jumping, or whatever you want to do. Whatever makes you smile and laugh more.” His fingers toy with my bottom lip. “Let me make you smile.”

Wow. Wow. Wow. At first, i wasn't impressed with this book. I didn't connect with the main character - in fact, she pissed me off. I didn't find the story interesting, felt that it
Jennifer Kyle
”Ten tiny breaths...Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”

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In an attempt not to swoon all over this review (I LOVED everything about this book!!!) or give anything away, I'll try to keep it simple.

This story takes you on a journey to Miami with Kacey and her sister, Livie. We take each step with Kacey as she slowly walks through her grief and numbness to living and feeling.

”I’m not Kacey Cleary anymore. I’m an empty shell who cracks inappropriate jokes and feels nothing. I’m a Ka
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Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

"I want to make you smile. For real. Always. We’re going to go for dinners, see movies, and walk on the beach. We’ll go hang-gliding, or bungee jumping, or whatever you want to do. Whatever makes you smile and laugh more. Let me make you smile."

This book was recommended to me by so many readers and everyone was raving about it, it had so much hype surrounding it. When I decided to see what the fuss was about I naturally had high expectations that I tried rea
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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^^^^This one did it for me. In case we haven’t yet met . . . .

For real – but I do try and pick out books that I won't hate. I got denied a reader copy of this book waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the Fall of ’13 and promptly forgot all about it. Then a few weeks ago I was stalking her Facebook page noticed Tarryn Fisher had just read/recommended He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker. Of course since I had used up all of my lib
Beatrice Masaluñga
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beatrice by: Jan Bethel
Shelves: new-adult
Four years ago, a tragic accident happened that killed her parents, friend and boyfriend traumatized Kacey Cleary. She's damaged and her nightmares continued to haunt her. She and her younger sister, Livie are living with their Aunt Darla - a born-again christian and Uncle Raymond - who gambled their college funds and lost it. She refused to get help on her PTSD and she almost destroy herself by doing drugs, drinking alcohol and having hook-ups as means of coping which are unacceptable to her au ...more
Beth Hudspeth
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by: Hello Beautiful Book Blog

Passionate story with twists along the way. Must read for new adult romance fans. This author ranks with some of the best.

Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

My first book by K.A. Tucker. I always like to start at the beginning with an author when I can. That way you can see how far they’ve come as an artist. Am I alone in that or does everyone like to do that?

This starts out as your typical romance. Girl moves to
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dnf @ 32%

this author has come a LONG WAY since this book. but big yikes, this was bad. slut shaming/girl hate/just overall JUDGMENT from the main character was really hard to ignore. the insta-lust was stupid as hell. and the overall premise... like was there one? idk.

i was trying to finish this for a video but i don't hate myself this much.
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow - must say this one was very good. So many talented new authors out there now. Saw where it was going to go while reading it but still did not take away anything from the story. Loved the main characters. Poor Kacey, trying to be a tough nut. Trent, what's not to love about him and of course the extended "family" - Storm, Mia .... Think we might get Livie's story at some stage - Hopefully. It was sad, happy, funny, sad but it got there in the end. Just breathe!

Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-me-cry, college
5 Stars!
Loved this book! I was up all night reading this one because I needed to finish it.

“Take ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”

That's what Kacey's mom used to tell her to do when things got tough. Kacey doesn't understand whatever her mom was trying to tell her. Nothing will help her right now. Ten tiny breaths are defiantly not going to make things better. Kacey is fine being the mean, angry and sarcastic girl. She doesn't need or want anything in her life except her sist
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