Release Date: July 15th 2014
Genres: YA , Romance,
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Series: Hundred Oaks, Catching Jordan
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Summary: 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.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe is definitely my favourite book in Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series. The cover immedatiely grabbed my attention and screamed SUMMER to me and although it’s completely different than the other covers in the Hundred oaks series it’s by far my favourite. I loved how there were ton’s of cameo’s from our favourite characters in the other Hundred Oaks books.Vanessa, Jordan, Henry, Savannah, Kate and a whole lot of Matt! I kept smiling whenever they popped up and thinking “Oh how I’ve missed you guys!”
Like Annie, I’m not a runner so I was able to connect with her immedaitely and her disastrous running attempts. Been there, done that and stil living through it (Remember I have a gym membership and I both love and loathe it at the same time) whenever Annie had cramps, knee pains and puked I was right there with her. After losing her boyfriend, Annie decides to run a marathon her boyfriend had been training for as a way to honour him. While books dealing with the aftermath of a death can be tricky Kenneally handled the subject matter with a lot of authenticity.
Having met Jeremiah in a prevouis book I was pretty excited he was one of the main focus’s in Beathe, Annie, Breathe. He’s an adrenaline junkie who constantly gets hurt and worries all of those around him and while I could understand why he felt the need to do stupid things that gave him a rush I also understood why Annie was reluctant to move past the “just friends” barrier they were at. She’d been through to much, it made sense.
What I love about this series is how the time frame of this book doesn’t match up with the first book in the series and a few others. I mean we get to see Jordan as a coach and i may or may not have smiled like an idiot when she made a little cameo. I love when authors do those types of things, letting us catch up with prevouis characters that we loved.
Miranda kindly answered a few questions for this blog tour (provided by Raincoast books) and I choose to share five of my favourites.
1. Q: Your main character, Annie, is training to run for a marathon. You also provided a great deal of detail about how hard it is on your body to train for a marathon. Did you do any background research for this?
A: Yes! In the past I ran a marathon and a half-marathon, so O used experiences from training for those races to write BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE. I also consulted “Runner’s World” magazine and interviewed trainers at my gym. I also spoke to a few former pro-athletes.
2. Q: Running a marathon for Kyle was Annie’s way of coping with her stress and grief. What advice would you give others in similar situations of grief or stress?
A: I would say give yourself time to heal. Recognize that everyone’s healing process is different. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t feel better in a certain amount of time; everyone heals in different ways. If you need to, talk to good friends, your guidance counselor, or a therapist.
3. Q: You tend to write strong characters who are also athletic. Were you considered a jock in high school?
A: Not at all! If anything, I was a chorus geek. I played soccer, but I wasn’t very good at it. I also managed the boys soccer team but that was really just an excuse to hang around hot guys after school.
4.Q: Your characters often crossover in your novels. Is this your way of giving your characters a sequel or a happy ending?
A: Yes, I chose to write companion novels rather than sequels, because to write a sequel, you have to create drama. If I’ve already given my character’s a happy ending at the end of a book and they have grown and developed, I don’t want to take that away from them by creating unnecessary drama. I also loved the idea of creating a community in which kids influence each other in different ways throughout the books.
5.Q: Your books take place in a small town. Is your hometown similar to the one in your books?
A: Yes, my books take place in Franklin, Tennessee, which is near where I grew up (Manchester, TN) I use real restaurants and landmarks from Franklin, Manchester, and ghe surrounding town’s in my books. Only a couple of schools I mention are real. Most of them are named after shopping malls in TN.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the fifth book in the Hundred Oaks series and I absolutely loved this installment. Annie and Jeremiah are one of my favourite couples in this series and I promise you guys, you’ll also fall for them in this one!