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He stopped and his eyes widened. But his shocked expression quickly dissolved.
After my chores were completed, I returned to my room to find a bag of ice waiting for me on my desk. I gently put the bag of ice on the lump and watched Jack and Leyla chase after George in the backyard through my window — sworn to silence in my hell.
I awoke in a panic around midnight. I stayed pressed to my pillow, my eyes fervently searching the room.
I was breathing heavily; my shirt was damp with sweat. I tried to detach myself from the nightmare that had awoken me. It was hard to push away the urgency of the dream that had me pinned beneath the water, drowning. I took in a deep breath, confirming that I was still alive as the air passed easily through my lungs.
I had a hard time falling asleep after that. Sleep finally found me just before the sun rose. I was awoken by a hard knock on the door. I looked at the digital clock next to my bed that read I slowly sat up with the throbbing pain, a reminder of my living nightmare. I needed to find a way to ice it again so the lump would be gone by the time I went to school tomorrow.
I knew there was nothing I could do about the dark purple bruise. I gathered my clothes together and slipped into the bathroom without being seen. Washing my hair was more painful than I anticipated.
I felt blood scabbed over where some of the hair had been forcefully removed. I gingerly used my fingertips to rub the shampoo into the front of my hair, but it still felt like a form of torture. However, when the attending physician sees Emma's many bruises, he confronts her privately, asking what has happened and how she got her injuries. He tells her that her bruising and a healing contusion are not consistent with her explanations. Despite his reservations, unbelievably Emma is released from hospital back into her aunt and uncle's care.
Credibility is further stretched when she shows up at the hospital with an even more serious injury months later and also when her teachers stage an intervention and they also do not report their suspicions to authorities. Emma was failed by those adults who came into contact with her and were in a position to help her. In Connecticut, like other jurisdictions, anyone who works in a profession in which they have contact with children is mandated by law to report suspected abuse.
This is pretty much standard protocol in both the United States and Canada. To fail to do so, is negligence, as a young person's life might very well be at stake.
Having many characters suspect something was going on with Emma and not report, was a bit of dramatic license that allowed Donovan to push the story to its searing climax and to make a point about abuse. Donovan has an interesting cast of characters in her novel, although the main protagonist. Emma Thomas seems a bit too perfect.
Despite suffering from both physical and emotional abuse, Emma manages to maintain a 4. Despite her overachieving tendencies, Donovan has created a character who is likeable and strong.
Emma is a character who elicits strong emotions from the reader; we want to protect and save her. Emma's strategy for dealing with her abuse is to be in the background, in the shadows both at school and at home.
Despite her best efforts to be a shadow, there is one person who won't allow her to do this. He knew I existed. He was determined to pull me out from the shadows, and I couldn't get away from him. He wasn't deterred by my one-word answers or abrupt responses. He wasn't supposed to be paying attention to me, and I was trying, without success, to ignore him. But he was getting to me, and I think he knew it Her reasoning is that she will destroy the lives of her young cousins whom she loves dearly.
It is clear Emma is deeply in denial, believing she is strong enough to cope with the abuse. However, as Donovan demonstrates, like most abuse situations, the person being affected often cannot see the reality of their situation.
Abuse has a way of distorting perception. In Emma's case, she doesn't seem to realize just how bad the abuse has become and she believes that the consequences of reporting her abuser will outweigh the actual abuse. She doesn't recognize that no matter how hard she tries to fly under Carol's radar, she's unable to protect herself.
The fear was palpable from the beginning so were the other emotions, that's not what the problem was, but that I didn't like Emma. I could understand why she was, why she acted the way she did, but I didn't like her at all.
She came down being sour and overly spiteful all the time, even stuck-up sometimes hence I could feel for her, but not relate to her. However, as the story proceeded and the events shaped her, also I sort of got used to her, I began not only be able to relate to her, but to care for her. And that was when I really delved into the book. I couldn't put it down from the beginning, but that was the point I became obsessed. I surely would have read it at one-sitting if it wasn't for sleeping.
The "who needs sleeping?! Anyway, the end left me with such a hollowness and sorrow that I wanted to curl up and sob uncontrollably. And once I'm there I would have shred a few tears for the killing cliffhanger, too. I keep thinking I saw the worst and then the next book comes and laughs into my face with an even bigger cliffhanger.