Author: Cheryl Renee Herbsman
Reading Level: Young Adult, 14+
Publication Date: April 16, 2009
My Edition: ARC
Plot - 15/20
Characters - 16/20
Writing - 18/20
Originality - 17/20
Entertainment - 10/10
Recommendation - 10/10
Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town working at the library and lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.
Breathing is a story of first love. The love in this novel was realistic and heartwarming. Breathing is a true novel full of laughter, heartache, sadness, and love.
Cheryl Renee Herbsman is a talented new author to welcome to the YA community. Her writing style is different and something that makes her stand out. Herbsman uses a southern dialect that makes a truly fun read.
But I must point out something that Em at Em's Bookshelf said in her review for Breathing. Savannah, the main character, is supposed to be academically advanced. So why does she talk with improper grammar? That part really confused me on this. Is it because it's how everyone talks in the South, or is it just for affect? I don't know. So that was probably the one and only thing that irked me about the novel. That and it was a bit boring when Savannah was moping around after Jackson left. But that didn't stop me!
The supporting characters of this novel was a blast to know. Dog, Jackson, Mama, all of them were fantastic supporting characters. They were fun and very alive in the pages. The vibrant characters of all made this novel what it is.
The plot wasn't much. There was very little happening besides the love swooning around. A few others things of course, but not much. On most novels it wouldn't of really worked, but I think since this novel is such a hardcore romance, and there was nothing but romance, it worked well enough.
In total, this novel was full of spunk, heart and witty style. Herbsman brought a smile to my face and kept it there. With her intelluctual words from the heart she made this novel not one to miss out on when it releases next Thursday. Herbsman is one to watch and I can't wait to see what she brings to the table the next time around.