Monday, May 11, 2009
Breathing - Cheryl Renee Herbsman
Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town working at the library and lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels. 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 by her mama’s strict rules, and 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.
Just glancing at the summary of this book, it might seem like it's a nice, light read. There are parts of the story that are, indeed, light parts of the book, like the romance, but there's also more serious things in there, like Savannah's asthma, and friend and family relationships. I really liked how this seemed like a nice, light read, but it was also serious.
I loved all of the main characters. It was very easy to relate to them. A lot of people were commenting on how Savannah is a really smart student, yet she still uses words like 'ain't' and some improper grammar. I thought this was a nice touch to the book. The Southern accent that is written as Savannah's voice was one of my favorite parts of the story.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice light, yet serious, read. If you're looking for a kind-of light read to remind you about summer, Breathing is definitely it.