Savannah would be happy spending the summer working at the library and reading. But then she meets Jackson, who Savannah’s convinced is the one. At first. and her wonderful debut BREATHING should have made a stop here months back. Cheryl RenĂ©e Herbsman lives in Northern California with. Book: Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman Rating: 5 Stars Summary: Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina.

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BREATHING by Cheryl Renee Herbsman

The sudden ache when you know that you are just meant to be, but the world prevents it. Or maybe just yourself? But, lets aim for the positive. Breathing captured the essence of tender touches, ripping heartache, and soft caresses in one stunning novel. Savannah was a poignant teen with an adorable sense of humor that you just couldnt help but sympathize with.

She reacts like what many teenagers do; the author captured this upcoming blossom beautifully. Child like innocence, random tempers, as well as the hidden love for her family. Her courageous stunts, her friendship, wrapped her personality with a tight red bow.

But Savannah sometimes needed to grow a bit moreact more mature. She became too dependent on Jackson that she completely forgets her like pre-Jackson. Her free time circles around him even though he was not therefinding him jobs, phoning him constantly. Jackson was a one man army. He was the perfect counterbalance to Savannah. The ever steady rock that held her to the world that kept her breathing. He was sometimes, however, eluding me when I tried to grab his essence.

Jacksons actions were somewhat predictable and often at times trying to please Savannah too hard or are selfishnever in-between. The relationship between these two was an up and down roller coaster. He leaves, she cries, her returns, she rejoicesgranted it wasnt all that simple and whatnot. I did felt that the beginning could have been expended more. A more in-depth developmenta few more words exchanged and some time between them to grow.

The transition scenes were iffy and abrupt at points. And their relationship was, sad to same, was childish. Every scene was too melodramatic and I just wanted to turn the dial down a slight notch. The Southern drawl was adorable within itself but felt a little much at times. What I greatly love the family relationship. I can relate to it wholesomely. Sure, teens may all hide it, but in the end we truly do love our parent[s].

And the author portrayed it in a beautiful fashion by creating a scenario where one boy can bring you all closer. A great book that missed its mark a few times, but still delivered a powerful message. Reader reviewed by Beth This book came to me highly recommended, so I decided to give it a try despite the fact that it didn’t appear to be quite my cup of tea.

Well, it really wasn’t my cup of tea, or perhaps glass of sweet tea would be a bit better. One thing that I felt was very well done was capturing North Carolina. A someone who has spent most of her life in NC, I was really able to feel the authenticity in both the dialogue and the setting. The snapshots of life in rural North Carolina were spot on. Where I had my main issue was with Savannah’s character.


At times I found her desire to better herself inspiring, but a majority of the time I just wanted to shake her.

I couldn’t stand the fact that she based her entire being around Jackson. She couldn’t do anything without him, and constanly put her need to have him physically there with her over everything else. Being with him defined who she was. Jackson was much more interesting because he was not defined entirely by the relationship. I felt like some of the other characters helped to make up for Savannah, but in my mind the book couldn’t recover.

I think that this is a good summer read for those who like love stories, but it really wasn’t my taste at all. Reader reviewed by Library Lounge Lizard avannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels and working at the library. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one – her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest.

And at first it looks like Savannah is right, Jackson abides her mama’s strict rules, and he stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family – and seems uncertain about returning – Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.

This is a wonderful, refreshing debut novel about first love and growing up. Savannah named after the first thing her mama heard on the radio after she was born which was a tornado in Savannah, Georgia is a sweet likable leading lady whose first person narration is dosed heavily with southern Carolina twang.

Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman

I found myself chuckling out loud at some her southern says: Each of the characters and relationships are well written with details and history that play out effortlessly. I was enchanted until the very end and found myself smiling and happy for Savannah as if she someone I really knew! I recommend this book for middle school and beyond for anyone who loves an old fashioned romance story.

Reader reviewed by Lianne Savannah is all set to spend her summer relaxing, reading and working at the library. Until everything changes, she meets Jackson a cute boy who is staying with relatives for the summer. Soon, they begin to date and everything begins to get better for Savannah.

For breatjing one thing her asthma gets better with Jackson around. Another thing is she has finally found someone who she can share her dreams with. But, after a fight with his aunt and uncle Jackson is forced to go back home to help his mom with his two younger brothers who she’s had trouble with since his dad died.

Now Savannah is by herself again and her asthma begins to become a problem again. Everyone is convinced that she and Jackson are to young to continue their relationship long distance and that if Savannah will just move on then she will be able to breath easier but, what if she won’t be able to?

I was hooked within the first few pages as Savannah started the story with her thick Southern accent. I also loved reading as Savannah and Jackson fell in love, that was really fun to read. My only complaint would be that at times I felt that Savannah was a little to overly dramatic but, other than that I really did enjoy this story!


Reader reviewed by Kelsey Breathing is a young adult book based in breathong South where Savannah finds Jackson. He changes her life in ways she can only describe, she claims he helps her breathe. When he has to leave, can she cope with the distance? If you want a summer read, this is the one to find!

Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman Book Reviews

Reader reviewed by stephanie Before I started BreathingI was warned about the Southern dialect and how irritating it was.

Yet, I found that when I was reading it, the dialect didnt bother me much.

True, I didnt understand every word they were saying since its a different dialect and everything. But I got the main point and the language enhanced Breathing even more. What I loved about Breathing was, ironically, the writing the Southern dialect. It created an image in my head that allowed me to depict everything that was happening in the book the Beach, Jackson, Savannah.

I loved the way how they talked, breatying seemed really cute. The whole book was basically about Savannah and Jacksons relationship and how she has to try to grow up. By reading the summary, I expected Jackson to dump her after being uncertain about returning to her.

The whole part about him being uncertain?

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Yea, not so much about that. There were hints and clues in some areas but I really had to look through the book, read between the lines, to really get that he hergsman uncertain.

In a way, it was obvious but throughout the book, I never got the sense that he didnt want to come back. Savannah, gosh, what should I say? A girl who has lots of similar teen issues like me or us and behaves accordingly.

She manages to be stubborn, strong, shy, innocent, brave and filled breatihng love for her family and for Jackson. It amazes me sometimes.

However, there were some times in the book where I shook my head wondering where her sense has gone. After Jackson leaves, all she could think about was him. She spent all her free time looking for a job for him, talking to him on the phone, thinking about hrbsman, the things were endless.

Hes probably the perfect guy for Brfathing due to his steadfast love for her. Hes the one who holds her down and keeps her aground.

He knows what hes doing and hes out to do it. It makes me feel all giddy inside whenever I hear his Southern accent. Overall, the book was amazing! Loved the plot, the characters and especially that cute sounding Southern accent! Star ratings in yellow are from our Staff Reviewers. Star ratings in green are reader reviews. Anyone can post a reader review, so post yours today!

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