Title: A Breath Too Late
Author’s Name: Rocky Callen
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Page Count: 272 Pages
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Link to Amazon purchase page: A Breath Too Late
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How I Got the Book: Review Copy
Summary of the Book:
For fans of Girl in Pieces, All the Bright Places, and Girl, Interrupted comes a haunting and breathtaking YA contemporary debut novel that packs a powerful message: hope can be found in the darkness.
Seventeen-year-old Ellie had no hope left. Yet the day after she dies by suicide, she finds herself in the midst of an out-of-body experience. She is a spectator, swaying between past and present, retracing the events that unfolded prior to her death.
But there are gaps in her memory, fractured pieces Ellie is desperate to re-assemble. There’s her mother, a songbird who wanted to break free from her oppressive cage. The boy made of brushstrokes and goofy smiles who brought color into a gray world. Her brooding father, with his sad puppy eyes and clenched fists. Told in epistolary-like style, this deeply moving novel sensitively examines the beautiful and terrible moments that make up a life and the possibilities that live in even the darkest of places. Perfect for fans of the critically-acclaimed Speak, I’ll Give You the Sun, and If I Stay.
My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This is a story about Ella who committed suicide and trying to put the pieced back together as to why she really did it. She is regretting leaving he world too soon. Now she is going through her life as a ghost watching those who loved her mourn the lost of her and there are pieces of her life that are hazy and don’t make sense. This is a powerful story and should come with a few warnings for this is a hard subject for some teens and families to deal with. It pulled at my heart for it is a dark place in a teen’s life if they get to this point where this is the answer.
My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars