Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Once again Miranda Kenneally has managed to make me say, "This is my favorite book in the Hundred Oaks world!" Yep, even with book 5 of this fantastic YA series.
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.
I love Annie. She truly is an average girl. The kind of girl we all know or might be. But man, does the girl have guts. The kind of guts we all wish we had. From start to finish I was obsessed with Annie's story and learning how she'd gone from a non-runner to training for hardcore marathons. Would she make it to the finish line? What happened to Kyle? How can she stand all the physical torture of such intense training? Ouch.
I finished this book feeling insanely inspired and hopeful. About running/exercise, about overcoming fear, about what it means to truly honor someone's memory, about love. About life.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe releases in hardcover on July 15, 2014.
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