I received this book at no cost from the publisherOnly a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
Published by Tor Teen on January 22, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (January 22, 2019)
Praise for ONLY A BREATH APART
“Katie McGarry knows what YA is, how it works, and what it can do better than anyone, but she always takes it one step further.” ―Hypable
“Fair warning: Picture-perfect Scarlett and misunderstood Jesse will have you in your feels.” ―Girls’ Life Magazine
“Beyond a haunted teen romance is a beautiful, moving exploration of domestic violence, forgiveness, and self-love. …Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming.” ―Kirkus, starred review
“McGarry ably captures the feeling of desperately wanting to come home to a friendship that has radically changed. The novel manages to tackle domestic violence in a way that never feels clichéd, and the romance is sure to win over even the most cynical reader. This is a story you’ll want to read slowly, just to be able to stay with the characters for a moment longer.” ―Booklist
“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love.” ―Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author
“Powerful, emotional, and ultimately hopeful. An unforgettable story that will leave its mark on your heart.” ―C. J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author
“Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.” ―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series
“Meticulously weaves a fragile love story through a minefield of loss, broken trust, and familial curses both real and imagined. Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful.” ―Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author
“A painful, beautiful, and utterly magical story about the family you’re born into versus the family you choose.” ―Trish Doller, author of In a Perfect World
“A touching tale of love and fate straight from the heartland.” ―Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species
“Scarlett and Jesse’s story will stay in your heart long after you finish the book.” ―Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author
“Southern Gothic at its finest, this is Katie McGarry’s best book to date!” ―Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan and Breathe, Annie, Breathe
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…
Katie McGarry breaks my heart again, but in the best way possible. I don’t know how she does it but with every book comes an emotional rollercoaster and you find yourself touched by characters that would be cliche in another author’s hands. She masterfully writes about the struggles of everyday teens that no one seems to notice or care about. She does it again with Jesse and Scarlett.
Jesse and Scarlett used to be best friends and neighbors but since a big fallout, they rarely speak but now they both need each other. Jesse’s grandmother has died and left him the family land that he can inherit when he turns 18 but only with the approval of the local tribunal. Scarlett is the key to getting that approval and she now needs his steady friendship more than ever. These two have such chemistry and long background that you want to scream at them to get their act together and when they finally do, it is magical.
My heart broke especially for Scarlett, someone who seems to have it all on the outside, only to be crushed on the inside and not be able to show it – because of appearances. It makes you wonder how many others are experiencing what she goes through daily with keeping quiet about domestic abuse. You must make sure you have enough time to read this from beginning to end in one sitting because you won’t be able to put it down. I am so very glad that this has a follow-up because I want more of this world and these characters.
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. She is the author of the Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road series.
- What is on your nightstand?
Stuffed animals (a sheep and an Ewok), and the current book I’m reading by Francine Rivers are on my nightstand.
- What author would you totally fan?
Nora Roberts, Kristin Hannah, and Francine Rivers
- What makes you cringe?
The smell of mint makes me cringe and my stomach to turn.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I’m a plotter by nature.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I’m not sure. My friends and family could probably answer that better. I am one of those people who goes out of their way to tell my family that I love them daily.