Breathless by Jessica Warman

I’m conflicted about this book. It was well written and covered a tough subject very well. But I still feel let down by it. There wasn’t anything necessarily wrong with it, it just wasn’t right.

The characters are well written and you can see the growth in most of them throughout the novel. They are realistic and I can see myself coming across people just like them in real life. I didn’t really fall in love with Drew, but that’s more due to personal reasons than the writing of him. He was a great character to have in the sea of crazy teenage behavior.

I think my main problems with this book are that it covers such a long time period and there is never really a major conflict and resolution in the novel. I always think a book should start as close to the end as possible, which is why I can typically forgive the “love at first sight” plots of young adult novels. However, this book covers 3 years of Katie’s life, and during those years, yes, things happen, but there isn’t one main event. I kept waiting for something to happen that would have me on the edge of my seat and nothing ever did. I wasn’t blown away by the plot and it felt a little ho-hum for my tastes.

Overall, this was a good book, but it just left something to be desired. It felt more like a story instead of a novel, in that things happened, but at the same time, nothing really happened. There was so much potential, and I feel like it just didn’t quite reach the level it could have.

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