Currently Reading… Just Remember To Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles

by Maryse on November 11, 2012 · 6 comments

in What I am reading today

Just Remember to Breathe
This book has been personally recommended a few times, and after reading the synopsis, I immediately added it to my TBR list.

Kirsty: “… I spend most days on here dying to find my next favourite book. One of which, I recently found. It’s called ‘Just Remember To Breathe’ by Charles Sheehan Miles. It is about a man who goes off to war leaving his world behind, including a girl he loves deeply. He is injured at war and finds himself back at College, the same one as the love of his life.. Only as you imagine, it isn’t that simple at all.. but I won’t say anymore. But I think you’d really love it!”

Kirsten: “Now that Lise has read it and enjoyed it as much as Kirsty and I, I have to recommend Just Remember to Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles. Really good story.”

A war hero. *swoon*. And since the author himself sent me a copy, it seemed like a sign. I started it yesterday (the perfect read for this Veteran’s Day weekend), and immediately (by the writing style, and voice of each character – it is told from both their POV’s), I knew it was totally going to be my thing.

The heartache is there, right from the start, and the surprise meeting, and subsequent tears from the shock of seeing him (Dylan)… there, at her school after months of missing him terribly, and no communication. WOW. I felt it. Her pain. And his too. Kirsty is SO right. There is much more to this, because he is suffering from serious physical trauma, PTSD, and his own heartache.

“So of all the schools you could have chosen, you came here? To the same place as me?”

Anger swept over his face. “I didn’t come here for you, Alex. I came here because it was the best school I could get in to. I came here for me.”

“What, did you think you could just show up and sweep me back into your arms after ignoring me for the last six months? After erasing me from your life?”

He narrowed his eyes, looked at me directly. In a cold voice, he said, “Actually, I was hoping I just wouldn’t run into you.”


But it’s definitely more than just romantic angst. There is a certain depth and poignancy to it and I have a feeling it’ll be a powerful book. And now that I’ve shared it with you, I must get back to it. ;)

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin November 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM

You’re on a roll with the tearjerkers. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I’m telling you, you’re working yourself right into A Fault In Our Stars :)

Maryse November 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

hehe!! Eeeeep! My “8 books that made me cry” list is going to be a whole lot longer…. ;) I need to update!

Kirsten November 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

This book was so good. I started it and did not put it down! It’s very emotional at times, and you might need a tissue or two, but the journey the author takes you on is wonderful.

Stacey November 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I agree! It was such a powerful and well-written book. I absolutely loved it and it’s one of the few I’ve read that have made me completely feel the emotions and become the characters. It’s amazing!

Laura November 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I read this about a month ago and it’s fantastic. Happy Reading!

Lee November 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I just finished book. Have a nephew who had trouble returning from Iraq – he was a gunner on patrol. Felt a lot of connection to story! I could use a sequel!

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