Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

It may have been Kyle's dream, but now it's Annie's turn to train for and run the Country Music Marathon in Nashville Tennessee. Annie never liked running, and while she had no problem supporting Kyle on his long runs with water and a kiss or two, it's different when she's out there logging the distance.

Yes, she's slow at first, but with help from a teacher (Jordan Woods) and an excellent running coach (Matt Brown) she just might be able to figure out how to run 26.2 miles. It's not going to be easy, and she will be running long distances and paying a lot of money for training, shoes and other equipment for the race.

Then there's Jeremiah Brown, Matt's younger brother, cute boy and all around trouble maker. He seems to be into Annie, and Annie's not sure what to make of that. It's one thing to have a crush, but after Kyle she isn't sure if she's ready for relationship. Also Jeremiah is a total adrenaline junkie who jumps from planes and runs 50 mile races for fun. She's not sure that's the kind of relationship she can handle after Kyle.

Training is rough, but her hard work and dedication to the program pay off. Plus she manages to keep her waitress job to save money for college in the fall, reconnect with some friends, and even mend fences with a former friend. As spring turns to summer and fall, Annie finds herself becoming stronger in more than one way.

You don't have to be a runner to enjoy Breathe, Annie, Breathe. Annie is a girl who puts her all into everything she does. Her family is supportive, and while she doesn't have a lot of friends at the beginning, she slowly realizes that more people support her than she ever though. Fans of Kenneally's other books will love the guest appearances by other characters, and even though running is the focus, this is a romance too!

I'll see you @ the library!

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