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Just Remember to Breathe
(Thompson Sisters #1)
By: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Pub: November 12, 2012
EARC, 199 pages
This is the story about college students, at Columbia University. The main characters are Alexandra (Alex) Thompson from a well to do family in San Francisco, and Dylan Paris, from a poor, broken family, in Atlanta. They met on a school trip to Tel Aviv, in their junior year of high school, and fall in love. However, distance and circumstance separate them from one another. As the years pass, fate throws them into each others paths once again. The magnetism between these two characters is undeniable.
This novel is told through dual narration. The reader gets both perspectives, and is able to see into the broken hearts of these two wonderful characters. The author brings so many elements into the story, that are real aspects, that our men and women in the service deal with, when they return from war. Death, guilt, post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmares, pain, agony, loss, self-victimization, depression, disabilities, and drug addiction, are all issues Dylan needed to overcome.
There is a lot of overwhelming sadness throughout this novel. The reader will want to reach out, and tell Dylan, "You're going to be okay." The heartache that Alex has had to endure at Dylan's hands, is also heart-wrenching, though not intentional. Dylan's family life was dysfunctional. Consequently, he had low self-esteem, and he felt unworthy of love. He carried guilt for everything that ever went wrong in his life, always carrying the heavy burden of responsibility on his own shoulders. Alex couldn't stand up for herself, because of her overbearing parents, always trying to control every aspect of her life. She had to gain the strength to stand up for herself.
These two characters had a lot of obstacles to overcome. They had wonderful friends that helped them find themselves, and encouraged them to build strength, while facing their deeply routed problems. This is a multi-faceted novel, with an array of characters that are essential to the dynamic of the story. Just Remember to Breathe, is a fully rounded story, with so many life lessons, with twists, peaks, and valleys.
I really feel that readers will be able to relate to this book on so many levels, and some levels they'll never want to have to face.
I give Just Remember to Breathe, by Charles Sheehan-Miles, 4 soul-searching, heart breaking, madly in love, long distance Stars.
About the Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles