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Just Breathe

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Gentle, quirky hospital tale will appeal to romance fans.

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Fans of Cammie McGovern will enjoy this gentle romance that does a good job of balancing life-threatening illness and romance without being too sentimental or weepy. This is mostly thanks to the believable and down-to-earth voices of the two main characters, who take turns narrating events and moving the plot and the romance along. It lets us know their inner thoughts while also showing us how the other sees them. It also thoughtfully explores coming-of-age themes like deciding your own future, coping with chronic conditions, mortality, and losing a parent.

The romance itself follows a pretty predictable trajectory in a terminal-illness-type setting that's been explored before. So it's unlikely to appeal to readers who aren't already romance fans. But those who are will enjoy the story and interesting characters that populate it. Themes of parental loss and suicide make it best for teens and up.

Book Details

  • Author: Cammie McGovern
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: Friendship , High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: January 7, 2020
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: January 12, 2020

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