Lisa Reviews: Abbi Glines - "Breathe"
Before I say anything at all, I would like to apologize for my negativity in this review, and just because this book didn’t really tickle my fancy, it might tickle yours. I just want to give my honest opinion, nothing else.
I was asked to review Breathe on digital audio, and when I realized it was by Abbi Glines, I couldn’t turn down the offer. I’ve read many reviews where people were raving about her stories, the characters featured within, and her writing style. I’ve been meaning to pick up some of her books, and when Breathe was offered to me, I couldn’t resist.
I was excited to finally get it started and see what everyone in the blogging world was talking about… but my excitement was a bit short lived.
Audio books are perfect for listening to when your hands are full, when you’re writing book reviews, or doing chores, etc. So yes, I do read other books in between, while I listen to audio books, because I can’t carry my computer everywhere I go. But while listening to Breathe I read a total of three other books!
I read The Vincent Boys also by Abbi Glines and loved it, while listening to Breathe (not at the same time, but you know what I mean)! It gave me motivation to continue listening to the audio book.
Breathe follows the story of an average teenage girl named Sadie, and a teenage boy rock star named Jax. Sadie isn’t only taking care of herself, she is also taking care of her pregnant mother. Jax is done with his tour, and is ready to spend his summer away from the cameras and fans, hanging out with his family in private. But for Sadie things aren’t that easy, bills are due, and Sadie has to go to work at a mansion, hoping to fill in for her mum.
One thing that really bothered me about Sadie was that before she even met Jax, she was constantly telling herself that he was this rich spoiled guy who is used to girls’ attention, and that she’ll do anything she can to avoid him. But I think we all know that this never works out, or ends up happening.
The two seem to always be around each other and throughout Breathe the two teenagers confess their love. They hit a few bumps in the road, and work them out again later.
To me, Breathe felt a bit forced; the story (poor girl, rich guy), and the romance. Having read The Vincent Boys and falling head over heels for it, I found Breathe didn’t match up as well. The relationship between Sadie and Jax was too much instant love and overall the flow in the story, and the background between the two main characters felt a bit rigid.
I really liked the entire idea behind the story. The synopsis pulled me in but the execution of the idea wasn’t really to my liking.
Again, I apologize for all the negativity but I just wanted to give an honest review. I have heard rumors though, that the rest of the Sea Breeze series is good, so I’ll probably give it another shot, and see how it goes!