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Breathing

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,070 Ratings  ·  173 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
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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 Wentz
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Eleonore
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Savannah wants to have a normal summer working at her library, doing her workbook, etc. But she meets Jackson. She is sure that he is the man she is waiting for. She starts hanging out with him regularly and her mom made strict rules about how they hang out together. So, Jackson follows her mom's strict rules and when Savannah has an asthma attack; Jackson stays with her the whole time she is in the hospital. Then, when Jackson is called to come home to help; Savannah needs to learn how to breat ...more
Melissa
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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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Laura
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Law! It's done.....A girl can only take southern ways to talk so much... I'm sorry I didnt 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 someh
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Stephanie
Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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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Jennifer
Jun 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
May 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review


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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Kristi
Sep 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Lizzy
Dec 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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April
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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.
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.
Hannah
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Never felt any chemistry between the leads, ever.
Angela
Nov 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
A sweet story about summer love, following your dreams and the important people in your life who love you.
Lilkadykitty :)
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pick-me-a-winner
This book was great. I love how the asthma was brought into the book. The way this book progressed was amazing. I am thinking of picking up something else by this author in the future.
Gabby
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my list for a few years and I never got around to it because my library didn’t have it. I’m glad I finally got around to it, because I really enjoyed it! I loved the southern dialect that you can feel throughout the story, as well as the relationships that were developed. I wish the story was stronger overall; not light and fluffy which I felt. I’d recommend this to anybody who wants a good teen southern summer romance novel!
Veronica
I'm still not really sure how I feel about this book. Unfortunately, it was just one of those books that didn't really stand out one way or another, and it really is just a three star kind of book in my opinion. Which is a bit disappointing really, because Breathing was anything but the stereotypical, cliche YA novel, and, I felt, it was way more substantial than many of the YA books that have filled up my 'to read' list. It deserves to be more than forgettable, but I fear it'll join the ranks o ...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
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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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Tasha
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Savannah lives in small coastal Carolina town with her mom and brother Dog. Her father left her family years ago, and Savannah truly believes he took her ability to really breathe with him, as she has had life-threatening asthma since the day he left. Despite that fact she looks forward to reading tons of romance novels and working at her local library over the coming summer months and of course visiting the beach.

Then Savannah meets Jackson – her true love. He seems to be the only person that
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Brittany
Savannah (named after a "tornada") loves to lie around during the summer and read romance novels. This gives her a break from her hard working school year. This summer becomes different, after she meets Jackson. She senses that something about him might just be different than the way other boys are. He follows her mama's rules and when she has an asthma attack he even stays with her in the hospital. Eventually however, his mom decides she needs help earning money and taking care of her other son ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Awww. What an absolutely sweet book Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman is. Right from the very first page, I was absolutely hooked. This book instantly put the smile on my face and made my heart happy.

This book felt like an absolute breath of fresh air with its young love and its Southerness. I know that I complain sometimes that love in YA shouldn't be hugely dramatic and overemotional and especially that it shouldn't necessarily be forever. But then there's books like Breathing where it's all
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Laura
Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A perfect summer beach read! I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I've missed reading a plain ol' romance and this was just what I needed. Breathing is one of the most realistic teen romance stories I've read in a long time.


What made me love Breathing the most was how simple the story was. Of course there was angst, but it was so appropriate and realistic, not only for the characters but for teenagers in general. There wasn't even really an antagonist, just the circumstance
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Teen
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Mika
May 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like summer reads even when it's not summer.
Likes

- The writing. It was quite simple but efficient. Good hold on the Carolina accent.
- The relationship between Savannah and her mother. They have their ups and downs but you can feel the love, especially towards the end of the book. Savannah's mother is a strong independant woman and she wants her children to have the life she didn't. Her relationship with her own mother is paved with resentment and bitterness and you can tell that Porscha doesn't want her relationship with her daughter to e
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