Only a Breath Apart
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…

Only a Breath Apart Details

TitleOnly a Breath Apart
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherTor Teen
ISBN-139781250193858
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction, Sociology, Abuse, Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary, Teen, Young Adult Romance

Only a Breath Apart Review

  • Katie McGarry
    January 1, 1970
    I wrote it. :-)
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 30%I wholly appreciate what the author is doing with this book, which is why I've chosen to stop here and leave off a rating, as I'm simply not the right reader for this novel. Content Warning to sensitive readers for graphic physical and verbal abuse. Many thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to give this one a try.
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    Loved so hard! Full review to come soon!*EDITED TO ADD REVIEW*4.5 Stars!Only a Breath Apart will have you wrapped up in its pages after the very first heartbreaking, heart wrenching, chapter and it will only get worse as the story goes. You will be consumed by it, not wanting to put it down for a moment. You will be wrapped up in the characters lives and need to know more, need to know that some how, some way, everything will be okay. That there will be a happy ending by the end. That these char Loved so hard! Full review to come soon!*EDITED TO ADD REVIEW*4.5 Stars!Only a Breath Apart will have you wrapped up in its pages after the very first heartbreaking, heart wrenching, chapter and it will only get worse as the story goes. You will be consumed by it, not wanting to put it down for a moment. You will be wrapped up in the characters lives and need to know more, need to know that some how, some way, everything will be okay. That there will be a happy ending by the end. That these characters you have come to not only care about but truly love, will be more than okay, they will have everything they have ever wanted and everything they never knew they needed. McGarry has always stunned me with her writing but I think, with Only a Breath Apart, she has truly outdone herself. I didn't want to put this down and it hit so many emotions for me. From the tough subject matters, right down to the touching romance, it just did it all. Truly one that will not only leave you with a book hanger when you are done but will have you still thinking about it days later. One that stands out and one of her best stories yet. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    Welp. This was a bit of a struggle. I have read and loved all of Katie’s other books, so I was all in without really reading the synopsis. That cover made me think it was just the standard mid-level angst she normally writes. I liked Scarlett and Jesse well enough. They have a boatload of history with a second boatload of issues to deal with. There are a few other characters, but no one stood out to me. For me, they read as plot devices—and that is sort of tragic because there’s a lot of potenti Welp. This was a bit of a struggle. I have read and loved all of Katie’s other books, so I was all in without really reading the synopsis. That cover made me think it was just the standard mid-level angst she normally writes. I liked Scarlett and Jesse well enough. They have a boatload of history with a second boatload of issues to deal with. There are a few other characters, but no one stood out to me. For me, they read as plot devices—and that is sort of tragic because there’s a lot of potential in Jesse’s friends.As for the plot, it was depressing. Sure there’s a thread about a curse, but it has nothing on what Scarlett’s family is. And yes, the synopsis hinted at difficulties, this was not what I was expecting. Overall, it was easy to root for the characters and want them to get out of their shitty situations. Sadly, I had a hard time with such a downtrodden story. The small perks of positivity and happiness weren’t enough to make this a book I loved. FYI: there are several scenes of a women getting beaten and it goes into graphic detail. Also, a lot of verbal abuse. **Huge thanks to Tor Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!! Well done Katie McGarry!!
  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Pain is what makes you grow, it’s what makes you mature, it’s what helps lead you to the path you are meant to be on. If everything is good all the time, there would never be change.” It wouldn't be a Katie McGarry book, if at some point, my heart didn't explode all over the floor! Mission accomplished Dear McGarry! Only a Breath Apart was a beautiful, emotional rollercoaster. This book was jammed packed with hard topics and it was done brilliantly. The topic of abuse was handle 4 Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Pain is what makes you grow, it’s what makes you mature, it’s what helps lead you to the path you are meant to be on. If everything is good all the time, there would never be change.” It wouldn't be a Katie McGarry book, if at some point, my heart didn't explode all over the floor! Mission accomplished Dear McGarry! Only a Breath Apart was a beautiful, emotional rollercoaster. This book was jammed packed with hard topics and it was done brilliantly. The topic of abuse was handled with such care, and consideration of the reader. The author understands her characters, and writes them so raw and full of flaws- which makes them real and honest. It also had an undercurrent of magical realism which was unique and different for this author. We follow Jesse- who thinks, and has been told all his life that he is cursed. (he has red hair and I couldn't help but think of KJ) If he leaves his family land, something bad will happen, because of the generations of his past. He is no stranger to tragedy. And Scarlett- on the outside she looks like she has everything together... but what is going on in the inside is a dark mystery to everyone around her. Both are dealing with hard issues with major consequences. I loved everything about this book. It made me feel all the feelings in the emotion rainbow. I wanted to jump into the book a few times and knock some sense into certain people. I like when books make me feel along with the characters. Only a Breath Apart, to me- was full of depth. A story about forgiveness and overcoming tragedy. As well as love and hope. I for one, could not put it down. I think this is some of McGarrys best writing yet. If you're looking for a deep emotional connection with characters and a HAE-I totally recommend this one!
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  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
    January 1, 1970
    Only a Breath Apart was a beautifully, emotional story. It held my heart in the palm of its hand and I kept finding moments here and there that stole my breath away. This book was filled with heartfelt characters and friendship, love, forgiveness, bravery and finding oneself was a huge part of this story. If you've never picked up a Katie McGarry book, know that one of my favorite things about her stories are the characters she creates. They always feel so real, it's like I could reach into the Only a Breath Apart was a beautifully, emotional story. It held my heart in the palm of its hand and I kept finding moments here and there that stole my breath away. This book was filled with heartfelt characters and friendship, love, forgiveness, bravery and finding oneself was a huge part of this story. If you've never picked up a Katie McGarry book, know that one of my favorite things about her stories are the characters she creates. They always feel so real, it's like I could reach into the pages and touch them. So yes, I definitely recommend this book! It's one that will stay with me for a long time to come. I loved him once—the way a six-year-old loves with abandon. I loved him how I once loved myself. Jesse was freedom when so much of my life meant confinement. He was laughter during dark nights, he was the warrior who scared the monsters under my bed away . . . he was my friend. Stepping into this story, I was already gutted within those first two chapters. We jumped back in time and got to see Jesse Lachlan and Scarlett Copeland as children. While they were both from extremely broken homes, as children they always had each other. Jesse and Scarlett were not only neighbors, but best friends too. It hurt to watch them both witness abuse and I could feel their fear pouring off the pages. I was heartbroken with how hard their lives already were. But years later, we caught up with them when they were 17. And while they were both still in a world of pain, they were no longer friends with one another. Jesse has done this a handful of times since our freshman year. Glance at me as if I’m someone worth looking at, someone worth laughing with a little too loud and smiling with a little too much. Then he remembers who I am and snaps his gaze to someone else. But he’s not looking away now. From one event, Scarlett bridged the gap between them and set them on a path. One that was filled with hope, redemption, heartache, friendship and even the possibility of love. Hold on though, because it was definitely not an easy path. Not only do they have their own personal struggles, but there was distance between them. Even with that distance, when Scarlett and Jesse had the tiniest amount of interaction, I was smiling and sighing out loud. I just wanted them both to find happiness, and I knew they could find it in each other. Scarlett lifts her head and smiles . . . at me. It’s a gentle smile, and one that causes a spike of excitement in my blood . It’s as if the sun has melted off her outer shell and has revealed the girl I once knew, and a woman I want to get to know. Scarlett was a girl who made me feel every single emotion she did. I felt suffocated by the way her father treated her and in other moments her fear consumed me. Chills ran down my back and the hair stood up on my arm. I found myself terrified for Scarlett and the life she was stuck in. Thankfully, she started to find her voice and I was so proud of her. Scarlett was strong, resilient, loving and I kept hoping her life would change. That every moment could feel like when she was with Jesse. Because when Scarlett was with Jesse, it felt like she could be breathe. The breeze plays with the ends of her hair, and I capture that moment. A snapshot of something I want to remember. Scarlett’s back on my land. My friend. My foe. The person who used to push me, compete with me and made me alive. My Tink. Jesse captured my heart by listening, helping and always caring for Scarlett when she came back into his life. While I had my guess for why he shut her out his freshman year, I was still upset with him. That didn't affect that I loved him with my whole heart and soul. I quickly connected with Jesse, just like Scarlett. They both struggled and saw more in their lifetime than anyone should. But Jesse had a family curse and he was fighting to keep what belonged to him. His land. As the story unfolded it became evident that if Scarlett and Jesse both wanted what they desperately needed, they'd have to work together. “Scarlett, there are two times that I can breathe in deeply without wincing in pain, and being with you is one of them. If I could, I’d keep you here forever.” My third favorite person in this story was Glory Gardner. She was a distant cousin to Jesse and played such an important role in Scarlett and Jesse's life. I don't want to say what role she played, but Glory fascinated me with her tarot cards and being able to converse with the spirits. So I kept hoping that she would lead Jesse and Scarlet into happier times. Because they more than deserved it! His fingers trail up and down my arm and the sensation tickles, causing pleasing goose bumps along my skin. There’s a safety that radiates from his touch. A safety I wish I could take with me wherever I go. Only a Breath Apart was so easy to devour, even with the story constantly pulling on my heart. So many times I'd go from smiles, to having my heart in my throat and then to having tears pour down my face. It was such an emotional book. So when I finished that last page, I was so thankful that I stepped into Jesse and Scarlett's lives. Now I can't wait to devour whatever Katie McGarry writes next!PS I'd love a look into the future! If Jesse and Scarlett ever have a novella about where the road takes them, I'd one click that so fast!Here are a few more of my favorite quotes: Each time I think it’s impossible for my heart to hurt any more than it already does, it finds another painfully imaginative way to twist. - Scarlett Second star on the right. I haven’t been Tink to his Peter Pan for a long time. But watching Jesse head off to the land the two of us conquered in battles that belonged in our heads creates a sense of nostalgia I can’t ignore. I start for the land that calls to Jesse, the land that used to call to me. It’s definitely time for an adventure. I hate myself because I wish I could feel. I wish I were normal. I wish I wasn’t me.- Scarlett I will always risk everything to save her. She didn’t know it then. She doesn’t know it now. Scarlett once said she was empty. I’ve never been empty. I’ve been loved, and I’ve loved in return, but I don’t do it with many. She was one of the few. Still is. Always will be. *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by Macmillan-Tor/Forge. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: January 22, 2019 Genre: Young Adult Romance Actual Rating: 4.5 starsKatie McGarry has a magical writing ability and she can make any type of reader get lost in her words. Only a Breath Apart is a stunning and emotional read, one that deals with social issues in a realistic way. This book brought many tears in my eyes but it also made my heart swell. The eloquence in which she writes this profound novel has left a deep imprint in my heart and I am so happy to have taken the time Release Date: January 22, 2019 Genre: Young Adult Romance Actual Rating: 4.5 starsKatie McGarry has a magical writing ability and she can make any type of reader get lost in her words. Only a Breath Apart is a stunning and emotional read, one that deals with social issues in a realistic way. This book brought many tears in my eyes but it also made my heart swell. The eloquence in which she writes this profound novel has left a deep imprint in my heart and I am so happy to have taken the time to read and essentially live within this world. I encourage any reader of both young adult fiction and romance to read McGarry's new release as I think it will leave an impression on anyone who does so. Only a Breath Apart is a story about two people who have gone their whole lives knowing how bad family can hurt those they are supposed to protect. It's a story of overcoming ones past, making their own paths for the future, and hopefully finding love along the way. Neither Jessie nor Scarlett will have an easy road ahead of them, especially considering all the obstacles standing in their way, but the journey is inspiring. I don't want to get into the plot because this here is a book that you need to FEEL without preconceived notions, but I will tell you it's an emotional read. I didn't think the book would have such an effect on my heart, but it did. And in all honesty, I loved it. Fans of McGarry know what I am talking about when I say her books are truly breathtaking and that is no different with this one. Only a Breath Apart is an exceptional read and I highly recommend it to all readers. I received a copy of this novel via the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    “I loved him once–the way a six-year-old loves with abandon. I loved him how I once loved myself. Jesse was freedom when so much of my life meant confinement. He was laughter during dark nights, he was the warrior who scared the monsters under my bed away…he was my friend.”“I don’t know what being friends means anymore. Not just with you, but with anyone. There’s something wrong with me. When I look inside me, I don’t see anything. I’m empty.”“Scarlett, there are two times when I can breathe in “I loved him once–the way a six-year-old loves with abandon. I loved him how I once loved myself. Jesse was freedom when so much of my life meant confinement. He was laughter during dark nights, he was the warrior who scared the monsters under my bed away…he was my friend.”“I don’t know what being friends means anymore. Not just with you, but with anyone. There’s something wrong with me. When I look inside me, I don’t see anything. I’m empty.”“Scarlett, there are two times when I can breathe in deeply without wincing in pain, and being with you is one of them. If I could, I’d keep you here forever.”Only a Breath Apart was one of my most anticipated YA reads for 2019 and I am proud to report that this book does not disappoint. In true Katie McGarry fashion, Only a Breath Apart is a raw and gritty story of second chances and self discovery.Only a Breath Apart follows the story of Jesse and Scarlett. All his life, Jesse has been told that he is cursed. That if he leaves his family’s land, tragedy will follow. And while Jesse is no stranger to tragedy, he truly believes that there is a special power and peace that comes with his family’s land. He’ll do anything to keep his little peace of heaven, even if that means jumping through the hoops his grandma set forth for him in order to keep it…On the outside, Scarlett’s life looks picture perfect. The reality couldn’t be more further from the truth. Scarlett has deep secrets that no one knows about. Ever facet of her life is controlled and Scarlett’s only dream is to find a way out…Only a Breath Apart had me glued from the very first page. This story is incredibly well written and captivating. The characters, while young, are very easy to connect with and have been tested in many ways. Jesse and Scarlett’s story is intense, heartbreaking, yet beautiful all at the same time. They were so real, their story so raw…I couldn’t put it down.Only a Breath Apart is a story of self discovery, loss, pain, heartache and survival. This story deals with some very heavy subject material and will take your emotions for one heck of a ride. Despite all the heaviness, this story has a lot of beauty, hope and sweetness to it. It was everything that I have come to know and appreciate from this author and as I’ve said before, it does not disappoint. A must read for Katie McGarry fans.*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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  • B.A. Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    This book fronts as a YA contemporary romance, but it has this delicious undercurrent of magical realism that just takes my breath away. It reminded me of being a kid, when I also felt so tied to the land that I haven’t set foot on again since I was about 13 years old. It’s funny the way the things that shape us as a child can suddenly seem so distant once you are 38. This story threw me back into the shell of an emotionally fragile teenager who fought through the challenges life served up in a This book fronts as a YA contemporary romance, but it has this delicious undercurrent of magical realism that just takes my breath away. It reminded me of being a kid, when I also felt so tied to the land that I haven’t set foot on again since I was about 13 years old. It’s funny the way the things that shape us as a child can suddenly seem so distant once you are 38. This story threw me back into the shell of an emotionally fragile teenager who fought through the challenges life served up in a far less graceful and mature fashion than Jesse and Scarlett. Granted, I didn't have the sort of mentors they had to help guide me on my way. This story basically scratched me raw from the insides out, and I spent the better part of the story trying not to cry, not because it’s so painfully sad but because it hit home in so many ways that just left me feeling vulnerable and emotional. Katie McGarry understands characters and relationship dynamics in a way that is so real and honest. She creates characters that I fall so hard in love with that it hurts just a bit when I have to admit to myself that they aren’t real. The writing is excellent. The plotting and pacing are spot on, and this story is gritty and aches in all the right and wrong kinds of ways. It ran me through the full emotional spectrum, and the end result is that it was such a satisfying read that I expect this story will cling to me, even after I have moved on to other books. I will definitely reread this one, and while I received it free from Netgalley to review, I suspect I’ll pop on Audible and pre-order the audio, as this is a story I could reread again and again and likely take something a bit different away from it each time I revisit it. Like the land, this story has life and breathes. Book 7 read in 2019 Pages: 368
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  • Cecily Wolfe
    January 1, 1970
    Just when I thought McGarry couldn't get any better - she does. This had me absolutely spellbound in every way.
  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, this book was freaking amazing. I've had great luck with Katie McGarry books in the past, so I didn't really have any expectation that this would be different. Once I started the book, I was sucked into Scarlett and Jesse's story. I loved seeing them as kids, and their friendship and connection. I loved seeing them come back together, find their way back to being friends and confiding in each other. From the first moment I met Scarlett's parents, I didn't like them. You could just feel that Ok, this book was freaking amazing. I've had great luck with Katie McGarry books in the past, so I didn't really have any expectation that this would be different. Once I started the book, I was sucked into Scarlett and Jesse's story. I loved seeing them as kids, and their friendship and connection. I loved seeing them come back together, find their way back to being friends and confiding in each other. From the first moment I met Scarlett's parents, I didn't like them. You could just feel that something was off..wrong. And of course, you quickly find out what's going on. I really wanted to feel bad for Scarlett's mom, but every time I started to, she'd do something that made me dislike her. I realize that the situation she was in is a hard situation to get out of. But every time she had a moment of clarity, where she made sense, she quickly slipped right back into blaming everyone except the one person at fault. Speaking of that person, I HATED him with a grand passion. Honestly, I kept expecting things to get even worse than what they did. I'm both grateful and a little disappointed they didn't. I am curious about what will happen with Scarlett's sister though. Once Scarlett goes off to college, even though her sister has a way to contact her, it's not like Scarlett is right down the hall anymore. Maybe she'll eventually get a book and we'll get to catch up with Scarlett and Jesse. As for the Jesse side of things...I'm surprised to say that I didn't hate his uncle Marshall as much as I expected to. He was introduced as someone you immediately perceive to be a villain in the story but he ended up being an ally. And a pretty darn good one. Another surprise from the book was the palm reading. I'll admit, I was fascinated by it. I just found it interesting and I'll admit, it kind of made me want to get my palm read just to see what it says. Overall, this book was an emotional rollercoaster and it was FANTASTIC. I can't recommend it enough.
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars, rounded upIt will take me a minute to gather my thoughts. This felt powerful and real enough that it hit close to home for me. My full review will be posted as part of the blog tour.
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
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  • kerrycat
    January 1, 1970
    If you love McGarry - this is a must read. Classic McGarry in every way. I was a little concerned towards the end that it was going one way when it JUST COULD NOT - I was like, NO, you can't even do this, kid. But in traditional KMG fashion, it all worked out. Not that these kids have a smooth road ahead (do any of her characters?) but their lives are much better for having each other.
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  • Nicole Hewitt
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, how I love Katie McGarry. In anyone else's hands, I think this book would have been overdramatic and overwrought, but McGarry draws me in to her characters and makes me relate to them in such intimate ways. She makes sure that the pain in these two lives feels real, and doesn't just feel like drama.What Fed My Addiction:Abuse depicted realistically. The relationship between Scarlett and her father is complicated. While Scarlett hates her father's actions and she fears him, she also has good Oh, how I love Katie McGarry. In anyone else's hands, I think this book would have been overdramatic and overwrought, but McGarry draws me in to her characters and makes me relate to them in such intimate ways. She makes sure that the pain in these two lives feels real, and doesn't just feel like drama.What Fed My Addiction:Abuse depicted realistically. The relationship between Scarlett and her father is complicated. While Scarlett hates her father's actions and she fears him, she also has good memories of him, and those sometimes cloud her thinking. Plus, everyone else in her family seems to forgive him, so she wonders why she can't seem to do the same--and if she should do the same. The issue of blame comes up a lot. If Scarlett provokes her father, is his response her fault? Her father has something tragic in his past that explains his controlling behavior, so does he get a free pass? Can people change? And if they do, does that mean all is forgiven? These questions all felt very real to me, along with the excuses that are made for Scarlett's father. I think that there are unfortunately quite a few teens out there that will be able to relate to Scarlett's story in one way or another.The mystical aspect. This book had a mystical aspect to it that surprised me. Jesse's aunt Glory is a psychic, and that plays into the storyline in some pretty major ways. Even though this book is definitely a contemporary romance, fans of paranormal books will love how the mystical aspects are woven into the story. And skeptics will be satisfied too, because there's a healthy dose of skepticism expressed throughout the book. Is Glory's gift real or is she just really intuitive? You'll have to decide for yourself.Christianity depicted in a positive light (without making the book feel "religious"). We rarely see religion depicted in YA books at all these days unless the book is published by a Christian imprint, and often when we do see it, it's to show how judgmental and bigoted Christians can be. That's why I always breathe a little sigh of happiness when I see a book where religion is handled positively without being a focus of the story. Neither of the MCs in the book is religious, but Scarlett ends up seeing a pastor for counseling, and he talks to her about the nature of forgiveness (what it is and what it isn't). He even uses a Bible story to illustrate his point. And he is the one who encourages Scarlett to talk about what's happening in her family and actually do something about it. The book shows Christian principles in a positive light, something I always appreciate.Jesse and Scarlett. This is a romance, so I suppose I should mention that I loved Jesse and Scarlett together. The book starts out with Scarlett pretty much hating Jesse because of the way he ended their friendship years ago, but she still remembers their friendship growing up, so she can never hate him fully (this parallels her relationship with her dad in some ways, but we see the other side of the coin here). Jesse has a horrible reputation, and he's broken in a lot of ways. So, he could certainly be seen as the stereotypical "bad boy with a heart of gold." But, like I said, McGarry never lets you see her characters as stereotypes because we understand them too well. We see their flaws, but we also see the why in them. So, I was rooting for these two with my whole heart, and I wanted them to find happiness with each other.What Left Me Hungry for More:Not much. Okay, so the wrap-up at the end of the book felt a teensy bit long to me, and there were moments when you could argue that the messages are heavy-handed. But I can't remember the last time I was so wrapped up in a contemporary story, so none of that truly bothered me.Contemporary romance with a bit of grit and a whole lot of heart--Only a Breath Apart gives hope to those in crisis and shows that you can take hold of your own destiny, even when life feels out of control.***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley and Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Secrets that lie behind closed doors are often missed by the outside world. For Jesse – the curse that he believes haunts his family keeps love at bay. After losing his mother, Jesse torments himself reliving the moments that brought his mother to that day that forever changed his life. Now the perils of trying to keep the family farm standing weigh on Jesse’s shoulders each and every day. For Scarlett – control and fear are the driving forces in her life. Every factor in Scarlett’s life revolve Secrets that lie behind closed doors are often missed by the outside world. For Jesse – the curse that he believes haunts his family keeps love at bay. After losing his mother, Jesse torments himself reliving the moments that brought his mother to that day that forever changed his life. Now the perils of trying to keep the family farm standing weigh on Jesse’s shoulders each and every day. For Scarlett – control and fear are the driving forces in her life. Every factor in Scarlett’s life revolves around the fear that hovers in her home where her father is concerned. The unpredictability leaves Scarlett and her family walking on egg shells each day. Then there is the over protective and invasive nature that her father interjects into Scarlett’s life. Nothing is off limits for Scarlett’s father. From invading her privacy to having a hand in every personal relationship that exists in Scarlett’s life, her dad just can’t stop trying to have the upper hand in all situations. Jesse and Scarlett grew up together knowing that their lives were not perfect. Both relied on their friendship to overshadow any despair they may face in life. As they matured, so did the problems they faced in life. Then came the day they no longer were friends. This absence of friendship would be revisited once Jesse’s grandmother passed away. A pivotal time in life that would set the course for an old friendship to rekindle once more. Time has a way of mending fractured hearts, and Jesse and Scarlett know this pain all too well. Now they find their futures intertwined in a way they would have never predicted. The only question that remains is just how far the two are willing to go to remain in the other’s life now that their friendship has given each of them the strength to face the demons that haunts their lives. Only A Breath Apart is the journey of two tattered hearts who have lived through a lifetime of hardships. Jesse and Scarlett are childhood friends that find a way back to one another after tragedy once again intervenes in their lives. It’s a story that will hit home for many readers as you follow the journey, but at the same time will give you hope they can work through the hardships and learn to hope once more. The pain and struggles that Jesse and Scarlett endure will grab you by your heartstrings. What trabspires to lead them through life will captivate you and leave you wondering what will happen next. It’s a story that is relatable to many that will delve into their struggles. While I enjoyed this book, I did find the ending a bit more rushed than I would have liked to encountered. There was so much about the struggles these two endured to make it to the ending in that last third of the book. I just wasn’t satisfied with the summarizing. All in all the book is interesting and relatable. Judge for yourself just how endearing Jesse and Scarlett are in one another’s life.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Only A Breath Apart is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story about love, hope, resilience and self discover through the greatest of trauma and challenges. It is earthy, emotional and magical- everything readers have come to know and love from Katie McGarry. Devoted fans and new readers alike will not be disappointed with this gripping story.From the outside, Scarlett has a perfect life - a great family, big house and secure plans for her future. What no one sees is the stifling control her father h Only A Breath Apart is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story about love, hope, resilience and self discover through the greatest of trauma and challenges. It is earthy, emotional and magical- everything readers have come to know and love from Katie McGarry. Devoted fans and new readers alike will not be disappointed with this gripping story.From the outside, Scarlett has a perfect life - a great family, big house and secure plans for her future. What no one sees is the stifling control her father has over her life, the fear she lives in, or her own dreams that she will never get to realise. Across the road lives Jesse Lachlin. Once the best of friends, Jesse pushed Scarlett away at the start of high school in a bid to protect Scarlett from the curse he feels plagues his family - anyone he loves will be hurt. After the death of his beloved grandmother, the land he owns, loves and lives on is all he has left but he must decide how far he will go to save it and, as it reconnects him with Scarlett, where his future lies.It’s no surprise that this book was an emotional rollercoaster - it’s what I love best about Katie McGarry’s books. This story is reminiscent of some of her earlier works and I loved the nostalgic feel alongside a new and totally different story. Despite themes of magic and overtones of the fantastical - curses, psychics - Only A Breath Apart remains within the boundaries of contemporary, realistic fiction. And yet this book is magic. It’s the magic of finding love for the first time, the magic of connection with others and the world, the magic of everyday, little things that mean so much. I also loved the intertwining of faith and the spiritual in this story. Beautifully done. Once again, Katie brings us a wonderful group of supportive friends surrounding her main characters. While Jesse’s friends don’t get a lot of page time, their support and tight bonds forged through life’s harshness are tangible throughout the story. The other secondary characters, Jesse’s cousin Glory, Scarlett’s pastor, and Jesse’s uncle help restore your faith in humanity a little and provide the perfect balance between certain other adults in this book.Scarlett and Jesse shine. Both have experienced the worst of humanity and yet remain so strong, despite everything life has done to knock them down. Finding each other, restarting their childhood friendship and closeness, and finding a new spark of romance is simply a continuation of their story and it all felt so natural and meant to be. Together they forge new paths for themselves, but while they are each there to support and love the other, their romance and relationship never gets in the way of the growth that they must each make and the choices they must face alone. Their self-discovery and resilience is inspiring. Only A Breath Apart is an achingly beautiful story, with hope to counter the despair, faith and love to counter hurt, and a book I know contemporary fans will love - I certainly did. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
    January 1, 1970
    "Holes in hearts hurt, and I have too many holes for me to be breathing. Gran poured her love into me, so much, I should have been fixed, but maybe that’s the problem with having too many holes. All the love that’s poured in falls out."I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.I'm sorry this is posting so late today! I received my "Holes in hearts hurt, and I have too many holes for me to be breathing. Gran poured her love into me, so much, I should have been fixed, but maybe that’s the problem with having too many holes. All the love that’s poured in falls out."I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.I'm sorry this is posting so late today! I received my review copy for the tour a little late, and only finished reading it this morning. I tried to stay up late last night, but my eyes refused to stay open despite how engrossed I was in the story. Katie McGarry never fails to captivate me with her writing, and Only a Breath Apart was no exception. My heart was breaking for both Jesse and Scarlett, and I enjoyed watching them learn to trust in each other again.Neither character has had an easy life, and their secrets are vastly different, but they've always been connected. I don't know if it was something they shared as children, or some connection the land, but there was something that kept these two together. They've needed each other, and their loneliness was painful to read about. They've guarded themselves against the world (with good reason), and it took the two of them working together to penetrate those walls. It's hard to overcome the need for self-preservation, and learning how to love is never easy.I hated the way these two treated each other at the beginning of the book, especially after seeing how much they cared for one another as children. They grew up together, and then something happened to end their friendship. The reason isn't revealed for awhile, and I wish Jesse had been honest with Scarlett from the beginning. He could have told her the promise he made to his mother, and how it contradicted the one he made to his Gran. I think Scarlett would have been understanding, but instead he left her in her own personal hell with no one to talk to.There are some supernatural aspects to this story, but it's subtle. Glory claims to be a psychic and tells Scarlett she is too, but even Jesse just thinks his cousin is exceptionally good at conning people. Glory would read palms and perform tarot card readings, but she also managed to make predictions that had an uncanny ability to come true. It's left up to the reader to determine whether or not they want to believe in something magical, or play it off as a coincidence. I thought McGarry did a wonderful job balancing between the two.I was so angry while I read this book, but it wasn't directed at Scarlett and Jesse. Yes, I wanted them to talk to each other and share confidences, but I also understood where both of them were coming from. I was angry with how the world treated them, and what they had to endure just to get though each and every day. They both had dreams and aspirations, but neither had people that believed in them. Their friends were there, but on the outskirts and never privy to the emotional turmoil they both experienced.Only a Breath Apart was another phenomenal book by Katie McGarry! If you've enjoyed her books in the past, I'm sure you'll love this one even more. If you haven't had a chance to read anything by this author, I highly recommend your grab one her books as soon as you can. I have so many feelings right now, and I love it!Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on January 21, 2019.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI never tire of Katie McGarry books, and she is back with something that is both classic Katie and a little bit different for her.This was a story about friendship, family, love, survival, destiny, growth, and I loved the way all these parts added up to one fantastic tale.• Friendship: Scarlett and Jesse's renewed friendship took center stage, and it really was a beautiful history they shared. They spent their childhood together and shared an unknown bond as victims of domestic Rating: 4.5 StarsI never tire of Katie McGarry books, and she is back with something that is both classic Katie and a little bit different for her.This was a story about friendship, family, love, survival, destiny, growth, and I loved the way all these parts added up to one fantastic tale.• Friendship: Scarlett and Jesse's renewed friendship took center stage, and it really was a beautiful history they shared. They spent their childhood together and shared an unknown bond as victims of domestic abuse. They understood each other in a way many others could not, and I was so happy they found their way back to one another. Jesse also had a great group of friends, or rather, found family, who were not only really interesting, but fiercely loyal and protective of him. Jesse was often referred to as Peter Pan, and at one point he compared his friends to the lost boys. I would agree, that they shared some similarities, when it came to standing by each other. • Social Issues: McGarry always touches upon some social issues in her books, and here, she tackled domestic abuse and the farming industry. I thought she did a great job showing us how the system can help, but also fail those in an abusive situation. I really appreciated the way she explored all sides of it, and did so with a lot of honesty. The pieces relating to farming were also very interesting, and that is something I definitely do not know much about. • Family: There was a lot of family drama packed in here. The storyline concerning the abuse was difficult, it was really painful, but it was a big part of what shaped Jesse and Scarlett, and it also had a big influence on the futures they thought they could or couldn't have. The characters struggled with their love for their families, but also their distaste for the way they were and the things they let happen. Those conflicted emotions came across as quite authentic, and I couldn't help but share their heartache. However, not all the family interactions were bad. Jesse's cousin, Glory, and his uncle showed that they were firmly on his side, and they were also champions of Scarlett's. They ended up being two great people to have in their corners, and I was so happy with the way McGarry incorporated them into the story.• Romance: It was really important for me, that these two let their walls fall, because I needed them to be together. Their connection was beyond amazing, and they just belonged to one another. At one point, Jesse talked about how he was born to love Scarlett, and I could only nod in agreement. They supported each other, and gave each other space when necessary. They were willing to sacrifice for each other, as well, and that was a real testament to their love. • Magic: This was what surprised me. This book had some magical elements woven into the plot. There was a curse, a connection to the land, and psychics. I actually enjoyed the psychic elements, especially the palm reading. I never knew much about it before, and there were some really fascinating bits included pertaining to palmistry. Though it was not as magical, I liked the whole idea of Jesse being connected to the land as a farmer. I may be a city girl, but I still root for and want to see family farms flourish. This book was an emotional rollercoaster. It made me happy and sad. It broke my heart, but also filled it with joy. It was classic Katie with a twist, and I enjoyed it immensely!*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends
    January 1, 1970
    Audiobook Review: 5 Million Stars Katie McGarry always leaves me speechless with her books. I am literally out of words with this book. It’s pure perfection. Yes, it was hard for me to read, very very hard, but still, Only A Breath Apert is one of those books that will stay with me forever. Thanks to the audiobook, I could continue reading while my eyes were wide open, my heart barely stopping and bleeding for these characters. And there were other moments when I couldn’t stop crying and I ju Audiobook Review: 5 Million Stars Katie McGarry always leaves me speechless with her books. I am literally out of words with this book. It’s pure perfection. Yes, it was hard for me to read, very very hard, but still, Only A Breath Apert is one of those books that will stay with me forever. Thanks to the audiobook, I could continue reading while my eyes were wide open, my heart barely stopping and bleeding for these characters. And there were other moments when I couldn’t stop crying and I just closed my eyes and listened to the narrators bring these amazing characters to life. But there were also moments when I just couldn’t stop smiling and my heart was almost out of my chest with all the love I had for Jesse and Scarlett. This story is just everything. I always expect the best of Katie, and I’m happy to say she overpassed herself with this book. So… Only a Breath Apart is the story of two best friends/soul mates who’ve been connected since they were kids but fell apart when they were fifteen years old. During those years, Scarlett and Jesse had to face the intensity and drama of their lives, family problems, financial problems, loneliness and more. But right after Jesse’s grandmother died, all hell broke loose for both of them. But one good thing happened among all the bad: They became friends again. But it wasn’t something they wanted. Glory, Jesse’s aunt, who also was a psychic, told them both they needed to work together to get what they wanted: Jesse wanted his land and Scarlett wanted her freedom. And this is when their adventures re-started. Trusting again in each other, telling each other secrets and fears and understanding that together they would succeed was what Glory— and Jesse’s grandmother —wanted for them and they did. It was beautiful to read how that happened, but it was also painful. Their secrets and fears were heartbreaking but they gave each other strength to face them and move forward and finally find their HEA that they both needed and deserved. Like I said before, the audiobook was my lifesaver with this story. I cried and cried and cried. My heart was aching half of the time and thanks to the audio, I didn’t stop. In fact, I stayed up until 3 am listening to the audiobook because I needed to know what was going to happen next. Brittany Pressley & Graham Halstead did an exceptional job in their performances. Their voices matched perfectly the characters, main and secondary. I particularly loved the voice they made for Glory, they sounded all mysterious, making the story better. I recommend Only a Breath Apart to everyone, even to a person who doesn’t read YA, because this story is simply perfection. Both book and audiobook are flawless, perfect companion. 500% recommended.
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  • Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
    January 1, 1970
    Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst.I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.5 HUGE STARS! The Review: I know any time I pick up a Katie McGarry novel, I’m in for a treat I’ll enjoy time and again. I’ve been a huge fan since her first publication, Pushing the Limits. I’ve read that book so many times, it’s embarrassing. And though I’ve taken huge pleasure in many of her books since, I think Only A Breath Apart is her VERY BEST so far!This book slayed me! St Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst.I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.5 HUGE STARS! The Review: I know any time I pick up a Katie McGarry novel, I’m in for a treat I’ll enjoy time and again. I’ve been a huge fan since her first publication, Pushing the Limits. I’ve read that book so many times, it’s embarrassing. And though I’ve taken huge pleasure in many of her books since, I think Only A Breath Apart is her VERY BEST so far!This book slayed me! Story/Characters... Jesse Lachlin believes he’s cursed, and in order to keep himself safe, he must follow two rules. Don’t love and stay on the land. That’s what his mother taught him from an early age and for most of his young adult life, he believed it. He even went so far as to give up the one person he loved most, but now he needs her help or he’ll lose the only thing he has left - his land.Scarlett Copeland has been betrayed by the people closest to her. It started with the love she thought was supposed to be protective and unconditional but turned acidic and violent. Her second betrayal was when the boy she called her best friend, turned his back on her. Now they need each other in order to move forward but Scarlett’s secrets are buried deep, and she’s not sure she can trust, let alone have faith in the boy who crushed her all those years ago.What a ride! This book ... from the moment it opens up, I was hooked, consumed, enthralled ... you name it. If it meant being glued to the pages and not becoming part of the real world until the last page was read, that’s what I did!Jesse was a breath of fresh air. I adored his character. Salt of the earth, down to his soul - Jesse Lachlin was pure goodness. He had some very adult decision to make and my heart just broke for him at every turn. Life had dealt him a crappy hand but it also gave him love and understanding when he needed it most. He was encircled by a support system he needed when it all came crashing down and I loved how he and his friends were written.Scarlett, aka Tink, was a bright light in the middle of some very dark situations. Even though her life was spiraling out of control, I LOVED this girls strength. Her compassion, her zest for life and her love for herself and her family were inspiring. This author knows how to write a phenomenal hero, but she also knows how to write an equally praiseworthy heroine.And as always, this author gives us a surrounding cast that’s more than just background work. They are an intricate part of the story that breathes color, life, and artistry to an already impressive canvas. I delighted in the scenes with Glory as she weaves a little woo-woo mystic into the story, and I very much enjoyed the “band of misfits” in Tink and Peter Pans circle. I hope we see more of them later on. The Wrap Up: Simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, Only A Breath Apart is a beautiful, well-told, inspirational story about courage and hope, about growing up, about learning to love and to trust, even after life has given you reason to do neither. It’s also about learning to love yourself, find your true self and even when you feel lost, learning there is more than one path in finding your happiness.The writing was stunningly brilliant. The characters were hauntingly unforgettable. The story was charming and poignant. And the ending was absolute perfection.Five huge stars for Only A Breath Apart!
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books**trigger warning for both body and verbal abuse*While this book didn't give me the strong feels I have connected with every other book by Katie McGarry, I really enjoyed Jesse's and Scarlett's stories despite the small hint of a 'curse' and all the emotional trials both had to recover from. I did like Jesse's friends a lot and I hope they'll get their own stories.Desp I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books**trigger warning for both body and verbal abuse*While this book didn't give me the strong feels I have connected with every other book by Katie McGarry, I really enjoyed Jesse's and Scarlett's stories despite the small hint of a 'curse' and all the emotional trials both had to recover from. I did like Jesse's friends a lot and I hope they'll get their own stories.Despite that, the book should have a trigger warning, because this was a hard and too emotional read for me. Overall you do get the beautiful writing by Katie McGarry who manages to craft a story of love, loss the power to overcome your fears.
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  • Jamie :)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsRTC
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    So first, let me tell you that I knew almost nothing about this book except that I loved the cover. I kept seeing it on Instagram and ended up winning an ARC from the publisher. I read a lot of YA fiction, generally a mix of contemporary romance, fantasy, and mystery. Generally, reads based solely on the cover do NOT go well for me (please see The Hazel Wood from last year which was AWFUL and likely one of the worst books I’ve ever bothered to finish). Halfway through reading this book I would h So first, let me tell you that I knew almost nothing about this book except that I loved the cover. I kept seeing it on Instagram and ended up winning an ARC from the publisher. I read a lot of YA fiction, generally a mix of contemporary romance, fantasy, and mystery. Generally, reads based solely on the cover do NOT go well for me (please see The Hazel Wood from last year which was AWFUL and likely one of the worst books I’ve ever bothered to finish). Halfway through reading this book I would have said I loved it and given it 4 or 5 stars. However, by the end I was kind of over it. The story has a good premise - former friends that fell apart and are both from broken households but fall in love (no spoilers - that’s pretty much on the back cover). But it keeps referencing the one character’s connection to the land in a way that is over the top. It also brings in a supposed curse and fortune telling, which are far fetched for a contemporary romance and don’t add anything to the plot to be honest. If she would have cut out about 50-75 pages of nonsense in the second half of the book, this would have been a 4 or 5 star review.
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  • Christy LoveOfBooks
    January 1, 1970
    Man, I felt this story and the characters. RTC.
  • Zeee (I Heart Romance & YA)
    January 1, 1970
    Holy moly, this book! Only a Breath Apart was a test in emotion and angst that I did have a hard time finishing but ultimately enjoyed!Trigger Warning: there is physical, verbal, emotional, and mental abuse in this book.Only a Breath Apart was everything I expected and Katie McGarry did not disappoint! This book touched me in all the right places despite the hard subject matter and tone of the book. I expected angst but I got even more!Jesse and Scarlett were childhood best friends but had a fal Holy moly, this book! Only a Breath Apart was a test in emotion and angst that I did have a hard time finishing but ultimately enjoyed!Trigger Warning: there is physical, verbal, emotional, and mental abuse in this book.Only a Breath Apart was everything I expected and Katie McGarry did not disappoint! This book touched me in all the right places despite the hard subject matter and tone of the book. I expected angst but I got even more!Jesse and Scarlett were childhood best friends but had a falling out in freshman year. They are also neighbors but both come from very different backgrounds. Scarlett comes from a rich and affluent family, while Jesse comes from a family known to be cursed, rich in land but poor otherwise. I am all for enemies to lovers and initially, Jesse and Scarlett were not really friends. I loved how Katie McGarry fleshed out the story of each main character through their alternating POV, and it made me understand both on a deeper level.However, as much as I liked this book, I had a hard time dealing with the triggers in this book and I was definitely triggered. While I never suffered any of the situations featured in this book, but I was just disturbed. It was quite obvious that despite the glittery and rich facade, Scarlett lived a lie and tried her best to hide it from the public. Her situation was really what made it hard for me to read and I really wanted to skip a few pages at times.While it was hard for me to read Only a Breath Apart, I am glad that I soldiered on and finished it. Ultimately, this book spoke to me.Only a Breath Apart also has a mystical aspect to the book and this theme is seen throughout the book. I also felt that the atmosphere was a little bit Peter Pan-like, most especially because Jesse calls Scarlett as Tink. Not only that, I just felt that this book had a touch of magic.Katie McGarry writes books about real life situations and I love that about her. She handles it really well. I understood Scarlett's fear and really felt so much for Jesse and the cards that were handed to him. He was really broken at the start and had a really bad reputation surrounding himself and his family.I highly recommend Only a Breath Apart, but please note that there are triggers, so please proceed cautiously.Read the review on I Heart Romance & YA
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  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!Katie McGarry knows how to write engaging, heartfelt YA drama, and she has delivered a fantastic read with this book! A beautiful coming of age story with drama, romance and a touch of the mystical, this is the story of two very damaged teenagers dealing with heartwrenching situations, and in doing so, finding out who they are, what they want, and falling in love along the way. It’s a beautiful book with all the feels, and I loved it! “Do you ever wish you were somebody else?” From an 4.5 stars!Katie McGarry knows how to write engaging, heartfelt YA drama, and she has delivered a fantastic read with this book! A beautiful coming of age story with drama, romance and a touch of the mystical, this is the story of two very damaged teenagers dealing with heartwrenching situations, and in doing so, finding out who they are, what they want, and falling in love along the way. It’s a beautiful book with all the feels, and I loved it! “Do you ever wish you were somebody else?” From an early age, Jesse Laughlin was taught two things – to love and respect his family’s land, and that to leave the land would activate a curse that has haunted his family for decades. His tragic childhood only reinforced those lessons and, looked down upon by the two he grew up in, the only peace he found was on the land with his best friend and his beloved grandmother. Following the death of his grandmother, the land is all that he has left and he has a deep love for it – though a stipulation in her will could see him lose his legacy. Scarlett was Jesse’s childhood best friend. She grew up on the property next to his, though with a very different life. The daughter of a well-loved, well-respected businessman in their small town, she was forced to keep her friendship with Jesse a secret from her disapproving father but that didn’t stop her from disappearing out her window whenever she got the chance so that they could run free together. It was an arrangement that continued up until they became teenagers and Jesse broke Scarlett’s heart, deserting her without a word and distancing himself completely. His cruelty left her confused, shattered and alone, and though she has since moved on, she still mourns for the friendship they once had. But that pales in significance to the drama now unfolding in her house as her father’s anger and demand for control spirals out of control, shifting their family dynamic in inevitable ways. Everything begins to change for Jesse and Scarlett when Jesse learns that in order to keep his land, he’ll need to win Scarlett’s approval. With the intervention of Jesse’s psychic cousin, the two enemies are suddenly forced together, told that they need to rely on each other to get through the brewing storm, with Jesse fighting hard to win back the trust of the girl that he hurt so badly. I have nine months to win her over, and it’s going to take all that time to undo what’s happened between us. I loved the dynamic between these two! There is so much emotion between them – good and bad – and their journey as they get to know each other once again, re-establish their friendship and earn and learn trust is beautifully written. “Why did you stop talking to me?” she asks. “After all those years of seeing each other day in and day out, why did you stop being my friend?” She pauses, and I lower my head because each and every word is a paper cut on my heart. “What did I do wrong?”I shake my head because I got nothing. Nothing that will make sense to her. What’s worse, I don’t have anything that makes sense to me. At least not anymore. Each moment with Scarlett and Jesse together is just beautiful. It’s honest, raw, confusing and painful, but the moments of sweetness increase as their bond is re-established and it was so gorgeous to watch. It’s as if the sun has melted off her outer shell and has revealed the girl I once knew, and a woman I want to get to know. And, of course, there is romance. Slow-burning, sweet and innocent, I could feel the shifting feelings between them and I fell right along with them as they bravely followed their hearts and openly explored their emotions. There’s something more than friendship between us. A trust and love that had taken root when we were children, something that has grown, something that once took a wrong turn and had to be pruned. Something that has been allowed to reflourish and is on the verge of going wild. But the romance is just a small part of Scarlett and Jesse’s journeys. Scarlett is dealing with a hellish situation at home and Jesse’s entire future is up in the air. They both have a lot of growing and learning to do, and watching them find their inner strength and deal with it all is amazing! They have each other to lean on, of course, but there is a fantastic cast of side characters helping them on the way and bringing so much to the story. The mystical aspect of the book is there, but it’s minor - at first I was a little wary of how that all was going to play out, but it worked with the themes of the story and I thought it was handled well. It’s Scarlett and Jesse’s individual battles to find their way forward that are the crux of the story, and that make this such a special read. “Pain is what makes you grow, it’s what makes you mature, it’s what helps lead you to the path you are meant to be on. If everything is good all the time, there would never be change. The book deals with some really serious subject matter with themes of violence, murder and domestic abuse, with emotional and physical assault occurring on the page, and the emotional impact of all of that explored in detail. Those scenes are hard to read but the harshness of those moments is softened somewhat by the strength of Scarlett and Jesse, and by their love story which brings a beautiful lightness and had my happily lovesick little heart soaring. “You love me?” …“I’ve been in love with you for as long as I can remember. I don’t remember not loving you.” It’s always been there – as easy and beautiful as the sun rising in the morning. I really loved this story. It reminded me a bit of Pushing the Limits – one of my all-time fave reads and the reason that McGarry is an auto-buy author for me – with some similarities in the story setup and the way it all played out. Scarlett and Jesse are amazing characters and I finished this book with tears rolling down my face at how beautiful it all was, and then when I saw the playlist and quite unintentionally listened to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’, I started crying all over again. Beautiful. 4.5 stars.An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kimberly Garner
    January 1, 1970
    This book is in short amazing, It's not a run of the mill YA. This book tackles some serious issues, such as abuse. It's handled beautifully by the author, This book has so much depth to it, the depth of the story, the depth of the characters, all make this book flow seamlessly, The characters have so much to overcome. While not yet adults, they have to make adult decisions. In this day and age, that isn't unheard of. It does show a strength of character. The flow of the book is flawless, there This book is in short amazing, It's not a run of the mill YA. This book tackles some serious issues, such as abuse. It's handled beautifully by the author, This book has so much depth to it, the depth of the story, the depth of the characters, all make this book flow seamlessly, The characters have so much to overcome. While not yet adults, they have to make adult decisions. In this day and age, that isn't unheard of. It does show a strength of character. The flow of the book is flawless, there is always great dialogue and inner dialogue as well. Told in dual pov, this is a heart wrenching all the feels sort of book.
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  • Kahea
    January 1, 1970
    ***4 Stars*** Oooooweeee.Okay. So, I had an idea of what I was getting into when I dove into this baby, but Whoa. Things get quite heavy, distressing and even disturbing at times and yet all of that upheaval was tempered by sweet moments and a whole lot of grit and heart and a feeling of hope that kept me turning the pages until the very end.I really liked Jesse and Scarlett. I did. They were very much teens on the cusp of young adulthood, trying to figure out who they are and what their next s ***4 Stars*** Oooooweeee.Okay. So, I had an idea of what I was getting into when I dove into this baby, but Whoa. Things get quite heavy, distressing and even disturbing at times and yet all of that upheaval was tempered by sweet moments and a whole lot of grit and heart and a feeling of hope that kept me turning the pages until the very end.I really liked Jesse and Scarlett. I did. They were very much teens on the cusp of young adulthood, trying to figure out who they are and what their next steps in life were going to be. Unfortunately they both have way more on their plates than just passing tests and writing papers and watching them both struggle against all they’d ever known and believed was all at once heartbreaking and yet the sense of hope that things would work out for both of them was strong. As for their journey. It was all kinds of sweet, second chance romance and I honestly enjoyed watching as they worked through what happened in the past and learned to trust each other again, or in their cases, more than they had before their friendship fractured and I liked where they were at, separately and together, when the book ended.This is my first read by the author and I really enjoyed it. The writing was engaging, pacing good and dual first person POV was well done. As I said, things in this one get quite heavy, and uncomfortable, with the issues that both Jesse and Scarlett deal with but they were realistic and I like the way everything was handled. As for the secondary cast of characters, some I liked, some I wanted to Gibbs smack while some I wanted to hurt, but they definitely gave depth to the story and made things feel real. Glory was my favorite and I really enjoyed how she looked at and utilized her psychic abilities. ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
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