Breathe

Breathe

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"It was only supposed to be a summer job, not a summer fling. Just a quick way for seventeen-year-old Sadie to earn some money to support her very helpless--and very pregnant--single mother. But even with the help of her cute and friendly coworker, Marcus, Sadie learns firsthand that working as a domestic servant is tough, especially when the house is owned by none other than Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rock stars in the world."--Page 4 of cover.
Published: New York, NY : Simon Pulse, ©2013.
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse ed.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781442488694
1442488697
9781442488700
1442488700
Branch Call Number: YA GLI
Characteristics: 333 pages ;,21 cm.

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black_horse_851
Apr 17, 2020

Well. Swiftly put, I was very disappointed, very quickly. Right from the first chapter, every single chapter to come was evident. Not merely evident, either: absolutely predictable. The romance was that cliche, as was... basically all of their situations.

Of course: the occasional cute, sweet, teenage (read: cliche) romance is cute and sweet. The first-sight chemistry, the interest on both sides. It would have been bearable, were it not for the other, MAJOR issue: the author.

The style is unattractive. Unattractive, unappealing, and utterly unpleasant. The alleged teenagers don't speak anything like teenagers actually do, and all you need is common sense to see it. They don't act like teens, and the attempt at teenage habits is, quite frankly, pathetic. Fingers and toes won't do the amount of "yes"s in place of what would, more realistically, be "yeah"s justice.
The author also doesn't know what "show, don't tell" and "comma" are. Just a side-note.

Jax's character, and Sadie's reaction to him, is incredibly predictable, as I've mentioned. It is so irritating, every time she says, in one form or another, "I like this guy. Ohmygosh, but I know I can't. He's Jax Stone, has girls all around him, I'm not special but I kinda inherited all my mother's good looks, which I have to be careful of, because I'm going to turn into her, and I don't want to, but he makes me feel good, so I'm going to throw caution into the wind. Also, have I mentioned I'm the adult in my home and my life sucks?"
Likewise, on Jax's side: "I have an ego the size of a whale, and I assume everyone has a poster or five of me in their bedroom. This girl would never go for me, and we live different lives, but she's hot and I'm suddenly in love with her, so I'm not only going to throw caution to the wind, but my common sense. Have I mentioned I'm a 'rock star', I go into the gazebo to write my masterpieces, and I JUST want to live my life in peace? But I don't want to give up my life, either?" Fun fact; he also has an obsession with d**n, which you realize after he uses it extensively in the very first chapter.
The only thing worse than a writer not showing and telling instead, is when they throw a bunch of stuff in they WANT you to notice. It ends up overdone, and that's exactly what this story is. A desperate attempt at something other writers perfect through, specifically, NOT desperately attempting.

I don't recommend this, and I don't see how people can rave over it. It has definite potential, but right now, it is not there. Far from it.

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WiltonsB
Jun 27, 2017

LOVED IT!! One of my new favorites!

Cynthia_N Jun 25, 2014

Cute little romance! I would classify as New Adult. Definitely a little racier than a traditional Young Adult book.

Sabruna Feb 22, 2014

This book is boring me. Abbi's other books were better. The beginning of this book is boring I'm not that interested to read this book anymore. I like Abbi Glines books, but this isn't my favorite I'm sorry to write all this negativity

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White_Rabbit_1
Apr 14, 2013

Sooo romantic! luv it

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Greece1999
May 03, 2012

I have waited so long to read it and finally I have the chance to! I can't wait!
PS The title of the book is not Brea it's Breathe.

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kylaplatt
Jul 06, 2013

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Greece1999
May 03, 2012

'Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island. When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star. Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationship's never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.' -Taken from Goodreads

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