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Authors(s): Jennifer Niven
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Edition: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook; 400 pgs
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
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Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tour Schedule

Week One
9/21/2020 - Two Chicks on BooksReview
9/22/2020 - YA Books CentralExcerpt
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9/28/2020 - Kait Plus BooksExcerpt
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9/30/2020 - What A Nerd Girl SaysReview
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The Summary

From Jennifer Niven, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places, comes an unforgettable new novel about a sensitive girl ready to live her bravest life--sex, heartbreak, family dramas, and all.

Before: With graduation on the horizon, budding writer Claudine Henry is making plans: college in the fall, become a famous author, and maybe--finally--have sex. She doesn't even need to be in love. Then her dad drops a bombshell: he's leaving Claude's mother. Suddenly, Claude's entire world feels like a lie, and her future anything but under control.

After: Claude's mom whisks them away to the last place Claude could imagine nursing a broken heart: a remote, mosquito-infested island off the coast of Georgia. But then Jeremiah Crew happens. Miah is a local trail guide with a passion for photography--and a past he doesn't like to talk about. He's brash and enigmatic, and even more infuriatingly, he's the only one who seems to see Claude for who she wants to be. So when Claude decides to sleep with Miah, she tells herself it's just sex, nothing more. There's not enough time to fall in love, especially if it means putting her already broken heart at risk.

Compulsively readable and impossible to forget, Jennifer Niven's luminous new novel is an insightful portrait of a young woman ready to write her own story.
My Review

Jennifer Niven is one of those authors that packs a punch with beautiful prose, heartbreaking plots, and staggering honesty.  Breathless is no different.

This is a book that will speak to current teens and the teen within adults.  Claude's story made me so nostalgic for that age of my life.  Her confusion about her path in life, and how she wants to experience love and sex is so real.  Jennifer Niven has said that this is her most personal book to date, and it definitely is obvious with the care and honesty she crafted in the story.

A lot of adults act like teenagers can't make their own decisions, even teens on the verge of adulthood.  But that is not true.  I remember my group of friends all having serious conversations about a multitude of "adult" issues.  Those issues effect teenagers, just as much as they do adults.  Leaving those conversations until someone is older is not acceptable.  

Claude and her group of friends discussing sex in such raw and real detail reflects reality, and, in my opinion, needs to be more explicit in young adult books.  Yes, perhaps a 13 year old may want to discuss these ideas and actions with a parent or trusted older person, but it is still a discussion that needs to happen.  Niven has a deft hand when writing, that makes the distinction between what is consent, pleasure, and love very clear.

I think this is one of her best books yet, and that's saying something because I loved All the Bright Places and Holding Up the UniverseBeautiful and real, Breathless is for sure the book of Jennifer Niven's heart.  I love that she has shared it with us, and it won't disappoint.

Final Rating

About the Authors

Photo: Justin Conway

Jennifer Niven is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe, as well as the popular Velva Jean series. She is also the author of several non-fiction books, including Ada Blackjack, The Aqua-Net Diaries, and The Ice Master, which was named a top non-fiction book by Entertainment Weekly. Her New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places is a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning. Although she grew up in Indiana, she now lives with her fiancé and literary cats in Los Angeles, which remains her favorite place to wander.

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