Monday, June 12, 2017

Breathless by Jessica Warman

Breathless by Jessica Warman
Published August 18, 2009
Summary on Goodreads
Crossing off another book for my 2017 Read Harder Challenge!  It’s been awhile since I have managed to cross off another book.

For the most part, I really enjoyed this book.  I found the writing style to be lyrical and the plot was incredibly immersive.  The characters, while a bit ambiguous on whether or not I actually liked them, were still well-developed even the secondary characters played major parts in the book and really helped develop the overall book.

Katie, the main protagonist, was someone I am on the fence with in regards to whether or not I actually liked her.  I admired her dedication to swimming and her love for her brother (except when she shut him out).  That dedication to swimming is like no other – it was really the one true thing that Katie had going for her.  Her grades were relatively decent for the most part but her swimming was the one thing that made everyone around her proud and admire her for it.  Even though there was that one point where she lost her focus for a little bit, swimming still managed to call her back and get her back on track.  So while I admired that one focus in her life, I didn’t really like her attitude with her brother.  I mean, it was obvious they loved each other (in a family way, you creeps) but it was also clear that he needed help and just when he needed the most help, she turned away from him and left him all alone so she could focus on her own personal life.  That was such a no-no in my books that I was quite shocked when she made her decision.

The one thing I was slightly weirded out was her relationship with her roommate, Mazzie.  They were getting so close to each other that I was almost 100% sure she was going to come out of the closet or something.  I mean, some of the scenes was about Katie watching Mazzie sleep and just…staring at her.  How is that not creepy?  And the scenes where they just essentially cuddle in bed together?  And the fact that Katie kept justifying the whole situation – how they just felt comfortable with each other.  I don’t know about you but that’s a little strange.  Maybe I just never had any super close girl friends that were that close but I don’t know…

With that said, I felt that her relationship with Drew was also strange because I still think, even know, that Katie plays on the other team.  I mean, other than their love for swimming, they literally had no other common interests.  Their whole outlook on life was completely different with Drew incredibly adamant about everyone else burning in hell (even Katie and Mazzie).  I respect Drew and his religion but I didn’t like how he kept pushing Katie and really advocating how much she will regret not converting.  It was a little too much for me. 

However, despite the awkward romantic relationship between Katie and Drew and Katie’s somewhat irritating personality, I still enjoyed the book.  It was definitely a coming of age novel and a book that delved into mental illness and deep familial love.  



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