More Than One Way to Breathe
"Are you okay?" I asked.
"Yeah, of course. Why?"
"The cardinal was out there."
"Oh, my cardinal? Really?"
"Yeah. I always notice it when you are really sick."
"Nah. He was probably just checking in," Sophie said.
"Do you think animals watch me the way they watch you?" I asked.
"Of course, you just don't notice them."
I walked to the window to see if there was an animal outside looking out for me. I didn't see anything at all. I sighed and frowned, then turned around and helped Sophie up from her spot on the bed.
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An amazing, brilliant, emotional roller coaster of a novel. From the very first page, I was catapulted into Mia's chaotic life. Wild masterfully describes the fear, pain, and upheaval of living with an abusive, alcoholic mother; the excitement and uncertainty of first love; and the precarious alliances that are part of adolescent friendships. But through it all is the best-friend-who-is-closer-than-a-sister who reminds her to be open to the magic that is all around her waiting to be discovered.
Leta Hawk, author of Kyrie Carter: Supernatural Sleuth (series)
I L-O-V-E-D. this book. The first paragraph/page hooked me and didn't let go until the beautiful last page. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions. Sad? Sure! In places (which is NOT a bad thing). ANY author who can get me to FEEL for their characters has my vote! Happy? In a way. There is an element of HOPE that runs through the seam of this book, sewing the patchwork of emotions together. Abigail Wild has done an incredible job. She has included an otherworldly element which is simply beautiful and lifts the book. Anger? Definitely feel anger for the way the main protagonist suffers in this story. But, again, it's done in a way that leads to hope. You FEEL for the character. More than One Way to Breathe is a rollercoaster of a book. It tells how one teenager navigates the pitfalls of life with a mother who doesn't care – she was an unwanted child – a father who doesn't know HOW to go up against her mother. (He is absent for huge periods of her life so he has never seen the abuse she suffers at her mother's hands). I was furious on her behalf – the book springs to life and I almost felt as if I was watching a friend suffer – it really is THAT believable. I didn't want this book to end. It's always a pleasure to read Abigail's books but she surpassed herself with this. It's nice to see characters from her debut novel put in cameos as well. Trust me, you NEED to read this – no matter what your age there is something for everyone. I don't quite know what I expected when I read this (I thought she'd blown me away last time, but she surpassed herself) but it certainly wasn't THIS. I want to say so much about this wonderful, up and coming author but I don't want to risk any spoilers – especially with this book. Treat yourself – you can thank me later.
This book was amazing! Reading about Mia's struggles made me want to hug my inner child but seeing her friendship with Sophie gave me peace in knowing that through the lowest lows, Mia wasn't alone! I couldn't put the book down! I read it 3 times so far and I want to keep reading it over and over!