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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Exhale by Jennifer Snyder/SG VBTour

Inhaling in life is easy. It’s the exhaling—the letting go— that’s the hard part.

Katie Elliot has always known the Conner twins. For years she secretly pined after one, while playfully averting the advances of the other. Once upon a time, she was fine with that. Then came the moment when her twin of preference kissed her and changed everything. 


As if realizing love can be complex—even when it’s reciprocated—isn’t hard enough, tragedy strikes, tearing Katie and the boy she’s always desired apart. Finding herself torn between love and guilt, Katie must learn when it’s acceptable to let go—when it’s finally okay to exhale.
Author Bio: 
Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is an instant coffee lover with an obsession for spiral bound notebooks and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

My Review:  (Spoiler Alert)

I took my time reading this short story about Katie and her neighbor boys, twins, Derek and Kyle.  This was a young adult read with a pointed message.....DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.........
Kyle loved Katie, but Katie loved Derek and then suddenly it seemed like Katie would have her dreams come true.   This is always when the hand of fate jumps in and knocks you on your butt, not just in literature, but seems to happen in RL too.

So a moment in time changed everything for three young people, their friends and families.
One moment introduced death to Katie and Derek.   One moment ended life for Kyle.    One moment took months for Katie and Derek to think and suffer through their anger, their hurt, their confusion and their guilt.     DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.     The cost may be higher than you are willing to pay.

I became quite invested with the characters in the story and found them to be believable and I appreciated the author tackling this issue.  I also enjoyed the fact that she made her point without dragging the story out to be longer than was necessary.  It moved at a nice pace and was enjoyable reading though sad in places.

I give this read        X  Winks

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.

1 comment:

Jennifer Snyder said...

Thanks for taking part in the tour! I'm glad you enjoyed Exhale...and you nailed the message! ;)