In Review: Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

Posted February 4, 2019 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarryOnly a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 22, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: ARC, 368 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:

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…

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

You know that feeling when you get 100% lost in a good book? That was me with Only a Breath Apart. It took a couple chapters for me to hit my stride, but once I did, I didn’t want to put it down. I just wanted to keep living in this world Katie created and breathing in her words. It was a beautiful book with a ton of heart.

I’m struggling a bit with how to make my words do justice to this gorgeous book Katie created. There’s something about her books that makes me just feel like I’m actually living in them. I’m not just reading them, I’m experiencing everything right along with the characters. As you can imagine, Only a Breath Apart put me through the wringer and a myriad of emotions. There was fear because of what Scarlett was experiencing at home. A ton of emotions I can’t even name over Jesse’s need to keep his land. Swoons over the relationship developing between the two of them.

I feel like Only a Breath Apart is a book best experienced knowing little going in, so I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty here. This book was a journey. Or, maybe more specifically, two journeys. Jesse and Scarlett were both fantastic characters who experienced a lot of growth over the course of this book. There were ups and downs, but that just made it all the more realistic. It was an easy and addictive read, an emotional and heartfelt story. If you enjoy YA contemporary, Only a Breath Apart needs to be on your TBR.

Favorite Quotes:

“People say our curse is that when we fall in love with someone, something horrible will happen to them, and we’re left to grieve forever.”

Holes in hearts hurt, and I have too many holes for me to be breathing.

I’m sick and tired of adults acting like we’re glass that will shatter if we fall. Sometimes they need to let us fall. Sometimes we need to make our own mistakes.

About Katie McGarry

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, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

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