TITLE: Only a Breath Apart
AUTHOR: Katie McGarry
PUBLISHER: Tor Teen
TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult
GENRE(S): Contemporary, Romance
The publisher kindly provided me with a digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Trigger Warnings: abuse (physical, verbal, emotional, mental)
Bestselling author Katie McGarry’s trademark wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance is given a new twist in the gritty YA contemporary novel, Only a Breath Apart.
Jesse Lachlin is cursed.
So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland.
Scarlett Copeland is psychic.
Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin.
Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…
This is my second time reading a Katie McGarry book and once again, I’m happy with her writing style and story.
Only a Breath Apart follows Scarlett and Jesse. Scarlett lives in a dark world and struggles to shield herself and her story from the world. Due to his attachment to his family farm, Jesse desperately wants to keep it. With each passing day, these two childhood friends grow closer. Through a rekindling of a child relationship, they both learn the importance of acceptance and loyalty.
Only a Breath Apart is a very interesting story. It’s heartbreaking and heartwrenching. It’s filled with heartache. It highlights the importance of bravery and strength. In accepting yourself, building confidence and standing up for what you believe in.
These characters definitely draw you in. Both Scarlett and Jesse are broken. They’re struggling with the curves that life throws at them. But they end up finding their strength and their bravery through each other. It is an interesting journey throughout the book and one that I enjoyed. While certainly sad, I still think it is an important story to read.
I tend to stray away from ‘dark’ storylines. The inclusion of abuse (whether emotional, physical, mental or verbal) is incredibly disturbing at times. But this also demonstrates the realness of this story. One that I wish was not real for so many people.
I must admit, my only issue with this book is the focus on the “curse.” It just seemed to be such a focus of this book and somewhat annoying to me. It’s understandable that believing you’re cursed might drive you to make certain decisions, but it doesn’t need to overtake the entire plot (at least in my opinion).
While I enjoyed Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry more than this one, I still enjoyed it overall. I’m definitely curious to read more of McGarry’s books in the future.
”Failure and success isn't an all-or-nothing. It's a little bit of both and everything in between.Favourite Quote
About The Author
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Buy the Book
Let’s Chat in the Comments!
Are you a fan of Katie McGarry? Do you like romantic contemporaries? What is your favourite contemporary novel?
Pin this Post!