/, Breathe, NA, review, YA/Breathe by Abbi Glines

Sadie White’s summer job isn’t going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother’s increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother’s job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn’t impressed by Jax’s fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can’t breathe without Sadie.


I had so much trouble with this one at first. I almost stopped reading in the beginning because I was tripping over sentences due to the fact that the author doesn’t use hardly any contractions in dialogue. This might be a personal preference/issue for me, but for a contemporary present day book with normal characters (not Rainman)it just sounds so awkward without contractions. Let me find an example…

“I have no reason to return. I could go in your place, which would be the best idea, but I am afraid it will anger him.”

that’s a quote from a 20 year old working class, socially acceptable/attractive/outgoing college kid in present time, not a quote from Jane Eyre.

It’s not just the formal feel, it’s that whenever I see contractions broken up in a present day book, I always assume that there’s an emphasis on one of the words, like “I AM afraid” as if showing that the character’s defending being accused of not being afraid. So I kept trying to read into those sentences and really it was just very literal. So it didn’t flow smoothly for me and I found that the characters voices couldn’t truly emerge when written that way.

Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me?

There’s a lot of telling what has already been shown within the scene. I’m not a fan of that because I want to be able to connect the dots myself. When the author does that for me it tends to create many eye roll moments for me and it often comes off as corny and overly dramatic.

The book as a whole was corny and overly dramatic, but somewhere in the middle I just went with it. The characters were likable enough. The rock star guy had moments of possessiveness, just enough to appeal to the Twilight fan fiction crowd, but he truly wasn’t an asshole.

Most of what occurs and what’s said isn’t very believable in a story telling sense and there are many ways the author could have made the situations work and everyone says exactly how they feel and doesn’t leave room to find something beneath the surface. But I can’t deny the fact that I was mildly entertained while reading. Maybe I was just in the right mood. I like that the MC was encouraged to have goals of her own and I like that she found not just a guy to save her (because she really did need help in her life) but there were several people of all ages that became a part of her life. I think young people who aren’t bothered by insta-love and some lack of believability will enjoy this one just fine. 



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