As you may know, I joined SarahOhm.com’s Blogger Book Club; Sarah, a fellow ambassador had reached out to us other ambassadors to see if we were interested in starting up a book club and voila, the club was born. For February, the book theme was love. I had wanted to read something new, but I couldn’t find anything that really piqued my interest. I decided to then read something over that I knew would fit the theme. I chose… (cue drum roll):
Breathe, Annie, Breathe was a book gifted to me by my friend Estelle who is one half of the blog, Rather Be Reading, which she shares with blogger/photographer, Magan. I hate to pigeon-hole this book as a love story, because it is more than just that. The main character, Annie, is training for the Country Music Marathon, in honor of her dead boyfriend, Kyle, who was a runner himself (and was supposed to have run himself). Annie hates running, but feels obligated to run as she feels guilty for Kyle’s death. In order to train for the marathon, Annie hires a runnng coach and it is during those training runs, she meets her coach’s younger brother, Jeremiah. And of course, feelings happen. But those feelings conflict with the other feelings she experiences with Kyle’s death, guilt, loss, vulnerability, fear, self-discovery. And because of Annie’s age in the novel, she also experiences moving away from home, going to college, dealing with new friends, and mending fences with old friends.
Seriously, all the feels.
As a runner myself, I identified what it was like to put myself through a marathon training schedule, the feelings that come when you hit a new distance for the first time, the sacrifice you must make (your social life hits the back burner when you have a long run of 10+ miles in the books the next day). And I found myself cheering Annie every step of the way when it came to running – whether it was towards the finish line or to opening herself up to new love.
I was a little disappointed that we don’t get Annie’s actual marathon experience, but that is because I am running nerd like that. Miranda Kenneally was a new-to-me author, and I really loved her writing. I am so thankful to my friend Estelle to opening me to a new author. It has made me want to read other books by Miranda Kenneally and to read other books/authors along the same category of young-adults.
Tomorrow’s March, so that theme is: biography of someone you’ve been meaning to learn more about… so many too choose from, so little time!