Audio Book Review : Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

April 8, 2015 Audio Review, Book review 21 ★★★★

Calling all runners or wanna be runners!  This is a fun book to motivate you to tie up those runners and hit the trails.  Well that’s what it did for me anyway.

Audio Book Review : Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda KenneallyBreathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on July 15th 2014
Genres: Death & Dying, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Sports & Recreation, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

The finish line is only the beginning... Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can't escape the guilt that if she hadn't broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she's at war with her body, her mind-and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms...and sprint in the opposite direction.

For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

My thoughts on the narration of Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally:

The narrator is Nancy Wu and she has a very expressive voice that makes for pleasant listening.  She doesn’t sound too old for the character which is something I can tend to have issues with.  Nancy didn’t do male voices really, she just deepened her voice a little which worked fine and I never got confused over who was talking.

My Thoughts on Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally:

This was such a fun book to listen to.  But when I tell you what the book is about you mightn’t think it’s such a fun theme!  Annie’s boyfriend was killed in a car crash and in honour of his memory Annie is going to run a marathon for him.  So yes there is an emotional plot but I felt the book deals with Annie’s recovery and isn’t as dark as it might sound.

I loved the format of the book.  We get notes from Annie’s running journal as she progresses from being a non-runner to running longer and longer distances.  I was nodding my head in empathy at issues such as cramps, chafing and the mental strain of uping your milage.  I also think running is more of a mental battle than a physical one and the book really captured that.

So I adored all the running talk and running updates and Annie’s pride in her development into a runner.  That alone would probably have been enough for me!  But there were also loads of other things going on.  Annie meets Jeremiah who is her running coach’s brother and wants to start a relationship but her lack of closure over Kyle’s death holds her back.

Annie is probably a character that I really saw myself in.  Not just because I run but because of her inner battles and her lone wolf streak.  The romance was cute and they had a lot of battles to fight though.  But they were willing to communicate and be honest and I loved that about them.  Their relationship felt a bit different to read about as they started out quite physical and then drew back to let their relationship grow emotionally.

There are also some well developed side characters (whom readers of previous books might recognise but I jumped straight into the series with this book).  I appreicated that the book dealt with the issues that Annie had making friends (as she is a bit of a loner) and her nervousness at starting college.  Breath by breath, Annie has to deal with lots of issues but she isn’t afraid of hard work and she perseveres and perseveres and I love her growth during the book.

Overall a really cute book that made me want to run and run and run!  The running was my favourite part of the book and a non-runner might not appreciate it as much as I do.  I have read the blurb on the other books in the series and none of them overly tempt me.  But I’m sure I’ll dip into one someday.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally?

I’d recommend this to fans of NA/YA contemporary books if you like poignant storylines, likeable characters that are gutsy and determined and a cute romance.  And if you like running or need inspiration to run; then I think you need to add this to your TBR.  Fans of authors such as Kasie West and Katie McGarry should also enjoy this one.




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21 Responses to “Audio Book Review : Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally”

    • trish

      I definitely think audio is the route to go. And yes it’s YA but it’s not overly angsty. Especially considering the theme, as it could have gone either way.

    • trish

      Oh I’m delighted you already have it! I’d highly recommend pulling it off the shelves sometime soon 🙂

    • trish

      Go pull it out Jess! It will motivate you to pump it harder in the gym! I love books that make me want to exercise too 🙂

    • trish

      For sure, I always have to tune out that voice saying ‘walk now, you’re tired!’. Once I ignore that I find my body is well able to keep going 🙂

  1. tonyalee

    This was a popular one to get @ BEA but the light tone didn’t appeal to me. I’m glad you loved it though especially given the narrator! 🙂

    • trish

      Only for the running theme, I might never have given this one a chance. I’m glad I did though as I ended up liking it so much.

  2. Red Iza

    I usually don’t read this kind of books but I’m filing this one on my may-be shelf : I used to run and absolutely love it, especially how I felt afterward, so I can relate 🙂
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    • trish

      I think anyone who runs or has run in the past will identify with a lot in this book. So it makes it a relatable, fun read.

  3. Christy

    I love this series. I know, it sounds like it would a downer, but it really isn’t. I especially liked the running aspect too. You need to read the rest. Jordan from the 1st book is definitely my girl. lol
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    • trish

      Really, ok, I’ll check that one out. I was very impressed with Miranda’s style and I love that she is writing sports themed books.

  4. Berls

    I’ve been planning to read this for quite a while. I’m a runner – or walk/jogger who hopes to be a runner someday – so that alone appeals to me. But the reason she runs and the recovery process really appeal to me. I’m glad you enjoyed it, just another reason I want to read it:)
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    • trish

      Berls, I think you’d love it! Anyone who runs will just get it and that makes it a relatable, fun book to read.

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