Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan (Breathing Series #3) 4 STARS* Need to read Reason to Breath and Barely Breathing before this book.
Synopsis: 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 installment will have readers holding their breath until the very last page.
Rating: PG 13
Overall: emotional, dark, gripping and beautiful
Characters: Emma, Evan, Cole
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Last one
Book Boyfriend: Evan and Cole
Genre: New Adult
Sex Scenes: Yes
Overall--This book is by far the most frustrating of them all, but its also the most INTENSE. The first half of the book I spent annoyed and confused by Emma for being so depressed and stupid. The second half of the book I just wished that those two could get their S*** together! Communicate people!!! Generally though, I found that I was annoyed more than anything. But I was pleased with how things ended and what led up to that (though that epilogue was too short. I was NOT happy about that) What I do like about this book other than the authors amazing style of writing, is that it feels somewhat realistic. The emotional reactions and feelings that Emma goes through are easy to understand. While the plot was still somewhat unbelievable at times, I can appreciate the realism of the plot, story and characters.
I also loved the alternative POV's I thought it was beautifully written and perfectly designed, the author did such an amazing job of writing this book and integrating the scenes from each end! I was amazed at how the stories were woven together so flawlessly.
Plot-- This book was primarily about how to grieve, survive, and build yourself up again after being hurt. There is no true "plot" in my opinion. Its about a girl grieving and a boy trying to heal her. Emma was hurt in a lot of ways, and had a lot of weight on her after the Jonathan incident. What was great about this book was the very many coping mechanisms that Emma had and experienced. Interestingly enough she somehow managed to get a boyfriend and maintain friendship even though she was distant and distraught. Regardless, her emotional state that we watch her go through was interesting. Personally, I think what makes this book good and so very amazing, is that the plot point is like no other, its about a girl trying to figure out how to live after the hell she'd been through, learning to fight, its powerful and moving because in reality, many women can relate to Emmas feelings, giving up, despair, pain, and so much more. What makes this amazing is seeing how someone can push through all the negative things in life and find peace and happiness.
Emma- While she annoyed me to no end, with her whiny personality, and constant self loathing, she also grew throughout the story, going from sane, to insane, to sane, to pathetic, and then confused and so on and so forth. However, these moments, make sense, it was her way of grieving, and figuring out how to survive with the weight of the world on her shoulders. I was surprised that she let a guy in like she did, and it was interesting to see that dynamic, I felt bad for the guy in Emmas life, because he would never understand, but cared so much for Emma. But in the end she found herself and fell in love again, and reading through that, having her go through such turmoil, to find her inner strength and fight for love and life, made this book all the more worth it. It was hard reading Emma as someone who gave up, but it was her getting back up again after everything, that made the book relatable and unbelievably inspiring.
Cole- Ah. Cole, I wanted him to be more. I wanted more for him. I was unsure of how Id feel about him since I loved Evan, but he was good for Emma. The problem as usual was Emma, she didnt open up to him at all but he always came back for more, he was willing to wait and love her the way she needed him but never asked him to be. I was surprised he so willingly went along with everything, but was happy with his way of moving forward. The it wasnt quite the ending with him I wanted after falling in love with him, I was somewhat happy. Maybe.