Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1)

Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1) - Rebecca Donovan This book was absolutely heart wrenching and yet heart warming as well. I understand why Emma withstood the abuse but I hated that she kept silent. I was glad when the school/teachers finally, (finally!) held an intervention but to turn around and actually call Carol and George. WTF? I get that she loved Jack and Leyla but her reasoning was a little skewed. I really don't think Carol would intentionally hurt her own children but psychos don't need a reason to be crazy. I just couldn't figure why she hated Emma so much. I really wish that would be been explained. I get that she was forced on Carol and George but hey they could have refused. It wasn't specifically stated but I'm guessing they did it for the money. In similar situations, the unwanted relative is usually treated like Cinderella (a slave) not repeatedly beaten nearly to death.

I loved Sara. She is what a best friend should be - loyal, loving, supportive and kind. Though at some point she really should have said something if only to her own mother especially after the hospital incident. And Evan. He was interested in Emma and gently forced her outside her box and brought her to life. What a sweetie! Too bad there aren't any real guys just like him.

The cliffhanger ending was horrific and I can't wait to read [b:Barely Breathing|13454149|Barely Breathing (Breathing, #2)|Rebecca Donovan||18981122] to see who rescued her and how. I'm guessing Evan through the window!