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Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan
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Genre: YA Romance-Mature

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- 'His smokey blue eyes connected with mine, and he whispered,"I breathed for you"- Evan in Barely Breathing

What are you trying to do to me Ms. Rebecca Donovan?!?
So many emotions run through me after finishing this book.... Then an abundance of questions...

Barely Breathing takes place six months after the ending in the first book Reason to Breathe and that painfilled night, better known as "the night from hell." Emma is a survivor her aunt Carol is in prison and she has no idea where her uncle and two little cousins are. Emma is staying with Sara and her parents Anna and Carl who are now given guardianship til she is 18 in June. Emma decides early on in the book that she wants to live with her mother Rachel who is currently living in Weslyn. No one is a fan of this idea but it is allowed by Anna and Carl with an open door policy that Emma can come back whenever she wants.

Emma soon realizes this will not be easy her mother is an alcoholic who likes to get in a drunken stupor and bring home random guys from bars to sex it up. Emma begins to hide things from her bestie Sara and her sweet, handsome and caring boyfriend Evan. But neither is a fool. When Rachel settles on young boyfriend Jonathan he befriends Emma. Jonathan and Emma soon realize they have a few things in common that includes being abused by someone who should love you instead of hurt you and nightmares that haunt them filled with pain.

While Emma struggles with her existence/reason for breathing she still has to take care of her drunk mommy, school,sports and her sanity. Her sanity which is wearing thin thanks to Rachel and her drunk hurtful comments that she can never recall once sober. A relationship starts to build with Emma and Jonathan that she can't explain. And a new girl at school Analise is pushing up on her man Evan on the sly. The last 25% of this book has twist and turns i could have never predicted and the ending was a TOTAL SHOCKER.

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I am loving this series and i think Ms. Donovan did an awesome job this is a page turner that left me gripping my nook. I cannot wait for book 3 this ending was not the one i wanted.

My Ratings
Characters-Lovable and Witty
Writing Style- Solid, Raw and Effectual
Plot/Storyline- Raw, Honest and Potent
Overall- A MUST READ
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Reading Progress

March 2, 2012 – Shelved
April 30, 2012 – Started Reading
May 1, 2012 –
67.0% "Honey sugar ice tea WTFrick is happening??? I am in love with Johnathan's character!!! What did u do to me Donovan?? hahahahaha!:))"
May 1, 2012 –
100.0% "WOW... Review to come"
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: abuse-abused_abuser
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: alpha_male
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: danger
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: discovery
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: emotional-read
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: family-secrets-revealed
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: first_comes_love_then-_comes_marria
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: heart_pounding_moments
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: heartbreaking
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: hot_as_hell_male
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: jealousy
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: mar-apr2012
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: self_discovery
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: sexy-series_read2012
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: tragedy-tragic
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: unexpected-twist
May 1, 2012 – Shelved as: ya-romance
May 1, 2012 – Finished Reading
September 18, 2012 – Shelved as: authors_to_lookout_for

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Aestas Book Blog I'm waiting till u read this to see if it ends happy enough for me lol

Alexis *Reality Bites* Ok, I got u!lol

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Aestas Book Blog Lol :) Is this the last one?

Alexis *Reality Bites* Not Positive but my guess is yes this book has an epilogue

Aestas Book Blog Ok *crossing fingers and toes for HEA*

Anita There is going to be a 3rd book

Anita I agree with your review, if I would have known there was to be a 3rd book I would have waited to read this one.

Alexis *Reality Bites* Anita wrote: "I agree with your review, if I would have known there was to be a 3rd book I would have waited to read this one."


You kno what scares me... the possibility she can start the 3rd book whenever, example 1,2 or even 4yrs later and Emma and Evan can b in new relationships. Uggghh I hate waiting:/

Aestas Book Blog sooo... i guess they dont have a HEA then? lol or end up together? (of course i read the spoiler lol)

Alexis *Reality Bites* Aestas **aka Crazinneldy** wrote: "sooo... i guess they dont have a HEA then? lol or end up together? (of course i read the spoiler lol)"


Lmao I bet you did:) No they did not end up 2gether needless to say I am pissed. Gurrrrrr

Aestas Book Blog jeez! boy is this NOT the series for me!! lol
ugh... I don't like stories of endless heartache if there isn't light at the end of the tunnel so to speak

Alexis *Reality Bites* I really hope the 3rd book brings me peace at the end...

Anita Alexis wrote: "I really hope the 3rd book brings me peace at the end..."

Yes me too, I hope we don't have to wait too long...

Stief Started reading until I found out the HEA isn't there in the second book... def put it down now and will wait til the 3rd- arrrrgh! I'm the same Aestas Book Blog- I need my happy ending- don't mind the turmoil inbetween but need the light at the end of the tunnel :)

Alexis *Reality Bites* Steph- I hear you. I don't mind a little turmoil but I was kinda expecting a different ending...

Stief :) Yeah I'm looking forward to hearing when book 3 is out...

Alexis *Reality Bites* Probably in 2013 last I saw on her page she was in the middle of writing it...

SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ Another fab review Alexis!!!

Alexis *Reality Bites* SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ wrote: "Another fab review Alexis!!!"

Thanks SueBee!!! :))

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• Lisa • SIMPLY GORGEOUS friend ... Missed you ❤❤❤

Alexis *Reality Bites* Lisa Jayne wrote: "SIMPLY GORGEOUS friend ... Missed you ❤❤❤"

Thanks dear friend, I've missed you too!! :D

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Didi Great review Alexis :-))

Blacky *Romance Addict* Lovely review Alexis :))

It's just me Shelly B Great review!

Alexis *Reality Bites* Thanks Ladies!! :D

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