I recently counted how many books I’ve read so far this year. The answer is 62. If you add Carrie’s list as well, I’m sure we’re over 100. Most of the books we read are Young Adult or New Adult, although there has been a smattering of adult books as well. Most of them have been great, so much so that we realized we need to post reviews more often.
Since we’re clearly behind on our reviews, we decided to narrow our focus to only include books that aren’t on the NY Times bestseller lists, because yes, we read a lot of best sellers that are beautiful and magical (We Were Liars, Isla and the Happily Ever After, Silver Shadows etc.), but you already know about those.
So here is a wonderful YA Contemporary novel for your reading pleasure.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
In this beautiful book about love, loss, and starting over, the title character, who has never run before, trains for a marathon in memory of her boyfriend. Annie spends the novel training her body, but finds that it is her heart that needs the most work, especially when she meets Jeremiah, her trainer’s brother.
This book is notable for how poignantly it deals with death, but also for the realistic and well-drawn relationships between Annie and her family and friends. Annie’s romance with Jeremiah builds very nicely from attraction to friendship, then to love, which I also appreciated. I highly recommend this book, especially to readers just delving into YA Contemporary after reading The Fault in Our Stars. This may be a quieter book, but it is no less heartfelt.
It even inspired me to consider doing the Couch to 5K training program. I figure I’m halfway there. I’m great on the couch.
Read an excerpt of Breathe, Annie, Breathe here.