Review: Out Of Breath
Published by Skyscape on July 2nd 2013
Genres: New Adult-Contemporary/Thriller
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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.
After reading and falling for the whirlwind of drama in theses book, I had to keep going. I NEEDED to know how it would end. When it became available, I jumped right on it.
Plot: If you read the first two books then you more less know the plot. This book is not any different. Instead of Emma actually going through it, she is going through post traumatic stress. She still has bad dreams and has ran away from everything. When these things happen in real life, it could take years, decades to get over. However, in the book it just felt overdone. Like,” Yeah, I get the point already move on!” I felt like the plot is no different from the first two books other than Emma is reliving everyday in her mind. Which brings me to my next point…
Characters: Emma. Oh Emma. At times, I really felt for this girl. She battled for so long, trying to stay strong and then she looses it. It felt like Emma was walking the same circle over and over again. No one or anything could get her out. I really wanted to snap her out of it. Her best friend I have come to love with so much admiration. No matter what Emma did, she was there. She covered up for her. She put herself last just to help Emma see reason. This friendship is one of the best written friendships ever written.
Love: If you think your going to get Emma and Weslyn together right away…don’t. It doesn’t happen. In fact, there is another boy who comes along and it becomes a whole big mess of drama. I got soooo frustrated with Emma very quickly. I HATED how she continued to push Weslyn aside BUT…I got it. After staying in her mind for so long, I got how she scared was. Fear, it can consume you if you let it. And Emma lets it eat her alive.
This book is much more than emotional and physical trauma. The long term trauma of fighting the demons day in and day out, living with the guilt…I just don’t know how Emma even began to get over it. It hurts to read Emma, to see Emma fail everyday and fall into the cycle of pain. An effective and tragic tale of abuse taking its toll, Out Of Breath runs its course. A rare of example of true crime at its best, Out Of Breath is stellar.
I give it 4 BITES!