Monday, March 18, 2013
Review: Just Remember to Breathe
By: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Release Date: November 12, 2012
Series: Thompson Sisters
Alex Thompson’s life is following the script. A pre-law student at Columbia University, she’s focused on her grades, her life and her future. The last thing she needs is to reconnect with the boy who broke her heart.
Dylan Paris comes home from Afghanistan severely injured and knows that the one thing he cannot do is drag Alex into the mess he’s made of his life.
When Dylan and Alex are assigned to the same work study program and are forced to work side by side, they have to make new ground rules to keep from killing each other.
Only problem is, they keep breaking the rules.
The first rule is to never, ever talk about how they fell in love.
An amazing book about what could have been, what should have been, and what finally was.
I don't think I've ever read a new adult book written by a male, and then one that is so beautifully written and got my emotions all up in a roar. I can completely relate to all the characters, maybe not in the situations they have been in but they are all likeable characters. We meet Alex who is one of five sisters (I see this is going to be a good series because I can't wait to read about the other sisters as well, they were introduced later in the book), she is studying at Columbia in NY and still trying hard to get over her ex Dylan, who just completely lost contact with her. Which of course now leads me to Dylan, who is a now injured vet from the army where he was injured in Afghanistan, he's got a lot of issues because of this incident and it always leads up to his guilt. This plays a major role in his life decisions.
Somehow they get stuck working with each other in their work study program. Little things between them start popping up, as much as they keep not wanting to bring up the past and make things awkward, they can't help it. There is still love there and what could have been in the past should be right now. But things get complicated as more emotions are thrown around. The complications start having complications and it's just a hot mess at one point. But it goes to show you that sometimes you have to work through things in life, you have to learn to let go of things and it's true what they say if it belongs to you it will find its way back to you.
The writing was great, easy going and not to out there. It really made you think about different situations in life and gives me a new appreciation for those that serve for us. With Dylan's shrapnel filled leg, PTSD anger and overall guilt about losing friends while in Afghanistan it just made this book so much more real to me. I have friends that have gone there and are back and will never be the same. It's another world out there and the author bought this out perfectly in his character.
The overall book had me going on an emotional rollercoaster and I was enjoying the ride the entire way even if there were times I didn’t agree with all of them. Can’t we all just get along? They both seem to be so perfect for each other, because since the moment they met it was so much stronger than either one could have handle, that’s why it could have been then or it should be now but it definitely will be in the future. I can’t wait to see what happens next between the sisters and their stories should be very interesting.