I received this book at no cost from the publisherBreathless by Jennifer Niven
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on September 29, 2020
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From Jennifer Niven, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places, comes an unforgettable new novel about a sensitive girl ready to live her bravest life–sex, heartbreak, family dramas, and all.
Before: With graduation on the horizon, budding writer Claudine Henry is making plans: college in the fall, become a famous author, and maybe–finally–have sex. She doesn’t even need to be in love. Then her dad drops a bombshell: he’s leaving Claude’s mother. Suddenly, Claude’s entire world feels like a lie, and her future anything but under control.
After: Claude’s mom whisks them away to the last place Claude could imagine nursing a broken heart: a remote, mosquito-infested island off the coast of Georgia. But then Jeremiah Crew happens. Miah is a local trail guide with a passion for photography–and a past he doesn’t like to talk about. He’s brash and enigmatic, and even more infuriatingly, he’s the only one who seems to see Claude for who she wants to be. So when Claude decides to sleep with Miah, she tells herself it’s just sex, nothing more. There’s not enough time to fall in love, especially if it means putting her already broken heart at risk.
Compulsively readable and impossible to forget, Jennifer Niven’s luminous new novel is an insightful portrait of a young woman ready to write her own story.
This is another novel by Jennifer Niven that should be a movie NOW. This story has all of the elements of a wonderful YA story that leans towards NA. Claude is a character that I know in real life and her story is one that many girls have experienced over the years. Her father leaves her mother “to find himself” during her senior year. Claude’s plans for college and social seem to disintegrate before her eyes. Her mother has dragged her to an isolated island off the Georgia coast where she does make friends with some of the young adults that are on the island.
The story brings up important discussions about consent, relationships, and all the stuff girls aren’t supposed to talk about through witty dialogue to make these points. Her best friend Saz is a breath of fresh air and so likable while totally honest. Jeremiah is the boy she meets on the island and takes risks with. He is likable and relatable as well. The writing is, of course, gorgeous and brilliant. Because this has some explicit elements, it is probably best suited for mature teens. This book should also caution adults that teens are better suited to responsibilities than they think.
Jennifer Niven is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe, as well as the popular Velva Jean series. She is also the author of several non-fiction books, including Ada Blackjack, The Aqua-Net Diaries, and The Ice Master, which was named a top non-fiction book by Entertainment Weekly. Her New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places is soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning. Although she grew up in Indiana, she now lives with her fiancé and literary cats in Los Angeles, which remains her favorite place to wander.
Photo: Justin Conway
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