Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally Review

Friday, 6 February 2015
Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks #5), by Miranda Kenneally
Published On: July 15, 2014, by Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 306
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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.

The Hundred Oaks series is my favourite contemporary-romance series. I don’t care how many books Kenneally chooses to add into the series, only as long as they keep pleasing and intriguing me with those sweet gorgeous feels just like this one did. Breathe, Annie, Breathe can easily be put as the best book in the series. I had to remind myself to keep on breathing as Jeremiah and Annie stole my heart.

“A quarter mile more. One foot after the other. Breathe, Annie, breathe.”

Wow. Where do I begin? It’s been a week since I last set my eyes onto Kenneally’s powerful words and her story, and I still feel like I’m in Annie’s reality. This was Miranda’s best story with such a gluing background story that you’d never expect to happen. Sure, each of the books in this series has some unexpected story in the back that will probably get you shocked for a moment, but the reason why Annie runs is unexplainable to the human mind. You’ll have to read this for yourself to see why I’m so obsessed.

As I mentioned, Annie is training to run for a marathon with a pro-coach and everything. She’s running to honour her boyfriend’s memory in a way that’s so beautiful, as he enjoyed running. But as she trains, she begins to put herself down, but she never stops doing it. Remembering the reason why and the goal, she keeps telling herself to breathe and go on, and then she falls in love again with someone who just may bring her back into the real world and never let her go.

I have had this book since about the September of 2014, and I really wanted to read it. I passed it every time I was searching for a new book to read, and I kept reminding myself that I’ll get to it soon. Obviously, that soon was pretty far away, especially for a Miranda Kenneally read. Thank goodness I went for it now, as I am trying to complete all of the books in series that I’ve begun. 

This could’ve been bad—real bad. You see, I’m used to a lot of those cheesy fluffy contemporaries with a lot of unrealism in them. I could spend hours naming them all, but I’d rather not since contemporary is probably my favourite genre.

I feel like books in this genre could either go one way or the other. The characters in this one seemed more mature and relatable than the others of the author, and that surely shone a light onto this all, just like a little topping or sprinkle of something onto your ice cream sundae. Like really, it was the magical touch and new-thing to this series. It was what we needed to get this to a whole other level. 

Dedication was a huge thing in this book, as well as goals… And romance, of course. As I read how much this book meant to Kenneally and dealt with some of her occasions and situations in the past, her characters here probably resembled a lot of the dream people we’d like to become or act like one day. Annie was my favourite protagonist out of all of her books, and that’s a lot to say since Jordan used to be my #1. 

"As a kid, I had the worst mile time ever. Our gym teacher made us run the mile a few times a year for something called the Presidential Fitness Test. I'd huff and puff and wonder why the hell President Bush cared how fast I could run laps around the playground. I always came in dead last."

One of the best and funniest things about her was that she wasn’t afraid to put herself down. I always feel that there’s a level to where you’re allowed to put yourself down to make you feel stronger and more easily prone to win. Annie did that. Unlike Jordan, she didn’t care to win, she cared to make others feel happy and to win for them. 

That’s another reason why Jeremiah and her were perfect for each other. *dreams into another world* No seriously, they were the best couple. Okay, everything about this book was the best compared to the others, hah. But Jeremiah was perfect—him and Annie were like Bonnie and Clyde. It’s like love at first sight, but it wasn’t instalove, you know what I mean? He had his troubles and insecurities and weird specks, but he did whatever it takes to make Annie happy and so he can be with her. That’s my dream guy.

Together, they could seriously become the next Presidential couple with the kind of power that they had together. Ugh, how is it so possible for something that to be so precious and beautiful? *dreams*

As for the plot, this was a total fast-paced book that you could easily read in one sitting. You know, I did. I loved seeing Jeremiah and her relationship bloom into something new and different, and I loved seeing Annie become stronger with her running and her goal for her ex. I just don’t know how much more awesome this could’ve gotten. I’ll give this 5 thousand stars.

Ugh—I WANT MORE. I actually feel like this after every 5-star book I read, but with this one, it’s surely not enough. Now I have to wait another half-year for Jessie’s Girl, which I’m sure will be just as awesome. *squeals* Miranda Kenneally is truly the master of literature—romance perfectionist.

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