"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet."—Jennifer L. Armentrout
Annie is running from her past and from grief, but is she ready to move on?
Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.
But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.
Graduated senior Annie Winters is training for the Country Music Marathon in Nashville for one reason: to honor the boyfriend she recently lost. She's certain that Kyle, who was training for his first marathon when he died, would still be alive if she hadn't gotten cold feet when he proposed to her. Her training plan, however, leads her to Jeremiah, an extreme-sports junkie, who makes life complicated with his easy smile and gorgeous body. Kenneally (Things I Can't Forget) realistically unfolds the rigors of marathon training while building the friendship, lust, and tension between Annie and Jeremiah. Annie's grief and longing for Kyle are portrayed with poignant sincerity, and with just the right amount of guilt and uncertainty to make her relationship with Jeremiah justifiably complicated: "People usually say, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry,' and I get so sick of hearing that.... Living with a hole in my life blows." The final pages won't surprise anyone, but they are heartfelt, uplifting, and quite possibly enough motivation to make readers reach for their running shoes. Ages 13 up.