Breathe, the first book in the Sea Breeze series, by Abbi Glines is the first N.A. novel I read I believe, and it was a great transitioning book in my opinion. I decided to post a review of this book because I haven't seen many around, and I definitely wanted to share my thoughts on this novel.
Rating : ☺☺☺☹☹ more of a 3.5/5
Do I recommend it : If you are into fanfiction, and smut, and looking for a light read then yes, definitely!
Would I reread it : No, but I will finish the series.
Breathe is a story about Sadie White, who lives a rather hard life. She lives with her very pregnant and irresponsible mother, so she is the adult of the family. She lands a summer job in Sea Breeze, Alabama... and she realizes she's working for the one and only Jax Stone, famous, attractive rock star. Every girl wants to be with him, every girl except Sadie. She also meets Marcus, who is another love interest in this book. The story goes on, and we see how Sadie and Jax's relationship develops, and how they will manage to keep the love going, when they're from two completely different worlds.
↙ What I didn't like about the book
Before reading this book, I looked up reviews and a lot of them were stating how cheesy and unrealistic this story was. It was true, but it did feel like any other Y.A. contemporary love story I read, so this didn't bother me as much.
What I disliked the most about the story was probably the characters, and how repetitive they were. They would always say how "this is a bad idea", but "I can't help it". Throughout the whole story, the only times I rolled my eyes were when they were complaining about something, but still went on with it, and then fearing the consequences. It was a rather annoying vicious circle.
The fact that Sadie was described as a goddess made me roll my eyes as well, because every guy she talks to falls in love with her. I'm bad enough with dealing with love triangles, so having all guys asking her out or complimenting her really made me want to stop reading this book. However, this is only me, and if you are into books with a really attractive girl, this might be for you.
The last part of the book, when they go back to school, was almost impossible for me to read. It had all the high school clichés and a lot of "girl vs girl" drama, and it was definitely something I wasn't expecting to read.
The writing wasn't my favourite either. It was written in a way where the reader's attention was never lost, and I did enjoy that, but the words used made me feel very...cringy. For example, Sadie would describe Jax's fingers as "talented fingers".
↗ What I liked about the book
What I liked the most about this book is probably what most people might dislike, and it is the fact that this is extremely similar to a fanfiction. It had different POVs and it alternated a lot, which kept the story interesting. It was also nice to see how both of them thought through the double narration.
I know that I said how I disliked the characters, but there was a part of them that I did enjoy. Marcus was my favourite. I loved how caring and sweet he was, and I cannot wait to read his story, which is the second (or third?) book in the series. Jax surprised me in a good way. I definitely expected him to be very shallow, and didn't expect him to show his love in ways he did. He would always do nice things for Sadie. As for Sadie, she was lovely at first, being independent and understanding the hardships of life, but as she got closer to Jax, she became vulnerable, which is understandable, but the character development disappointed me. As for the supporting characters, Ms. Mary and Amanda were my favourites. They showed so much love towards Sadie and it was obvious that their help was sincere. Their presence really made this book great.
I absolutely adored the ending. It wasn't as predictable as I thought it'd be, which surprised me in the greatest way. I won't say much, in case I spoil anyone, but the ending was worth the read.
Lastly, I loved how sex (and cursing) wasn't taboo in the story. Being a mostly Y.A. reader, we aren't prone to read a lot of love scenes, and if we are, they are described as passionate. In this book, there were a lot of what we call "smut", and they weren't necessarily passionate or loving, it could've been 100% only lust, but this is real life. And I really liked how Glines didn't sugarcoat moments like these.
I enjoyed this book overall, and definitely suggest this one to all fanfiction lovers and people who are looking to transition into reading N.A. from Y.A. This had the young adult feel with the teenage characters, but had more mature content.
Thank you for reading,
☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend