Out of Breath (Breathing Series)


“My insides still burned. I considered what I could do to push the torment back into the dark and return to my numb state. I couldn’t do it on my own. I needed help. I was desperate.”

Emma Thomas is hiding. From everything and everyone… including herself. But she can’t hide forever. Her past will find her, and her secrets won’t remain quiet—not if she wants to be forgiven. Emma learns that honesty can hurt worse than betrayal, and the truth may cost her the only love she’s ever known.

The highly anticipated conclusion of The Breathing Series will have readers holding their breath until the last page.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

I started Out of Breath a short time after my quick post about the series and I finished it sometime in the early morning. There is just something about the way Donovan has written these novels that made it entirely impossible to put down – I could never find a spot to stop for the night because I was always left wanting more.

After everything that happened in Barely Breathing, Emma is hanging on by a thread. She is going through the motions of living because she thinks she should and not because she truly wants to be there. She has completely numbed herself to her pain and, as a result, anytime memories of her past are triggered, she totally falls apart.  It’s as if she’s still battling each day just to survive life.

A lot goes on in this conclusion to the trilogy, but the most important thing to point out is the lesson it is trying to teach us. In every area of life, it is nice to have support – to feel like those close to you (your friends, family, partners) have your back. However, support is just that – the beam you put up when your house starts falling apart to help you hold it together while you fix the cracks.  At the end of the day, you have to lay the foundation for that house.  You have to make the decision to want to do something for yourself.  No matter how many people want something for you, it’s not going to happen until you want it for yourself.

Emma is faced with that decision throughout Out of Breath. No matter how much Sara, Evan and everyone else around want her to live, only she can decide. Is she worth fighting for —- is life worth living?

Would I add it to the library?

YES! I would keep this in the library and recommend it to anyone/everyone. It is a series of truthful looks into serious topics that make the reader really contemplate how they are living their life.


Genre: Fiction – physical abuse, emotional abuse
ISBN: 9781477817186
Rating:  good

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