This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Holy moly, this book! Only a Breath Apart was a test in emotion and angst that I did have a hard time finishing but ultimately enjoyed!
Trigger Warning: there is physical, verbal, emotional, and mental abuse in this book.
Only a Breath Apart was everything I expected and Katie McGarry did not disappoint! This book touched me in all the right places despite the hard subject matter and tone of the book. I expected angst but I got even more!
Jesse and Scarlett were childhood best friends but had a falling out in freshman year. They are also neighbors but both come from very different backgrounds. Scarlett comes from a rich and affluent family, while Jesse comes from a family known to be cursed, rich in land but poor otherwise. I am all for enemies to lovers and initially, Jesse and Scarlett were not really friends. I loved how Katie McGarry fleshed out the story of each main character through their alternating POV, and it made me understand both on a deeper level.
However, as much as I liked this book, I had a hard time dealing with the triggers in this book and I was definitely triggered. While I never suffered any of the situations featured in this book, but I was just disturbed. It was quite obvious that despite the glittery and rich facade, Scarlett lived a lie and tried her best to hide it from the public. Her situation was really what made it hard for me to read and I really wanted to skip a few pages at times.
While it was hard for me to read Only a Breath Apart, I am glad that I soldiered on and finished it. Ultimately, this book spoke to me.
Only a Breath Apart also has a mystical aspect to the book and this theme is seen throughout the book. I also felt that the atmosphere was a little bit Peter Pan-like, most especially because Jesse calls Scarlett as Tink. Not only that, I just felt that this book had a touch of magic.
Katie McGarry writes books about real life situations and I love that about her. She handles it really well. I understood Scarlett’s fear and really felt so much for Jesse and the cards that were handed to him. He was really broken at the start and had a really bad reputation surrounding himself and his family.
I highly recommend Only a Breath Apart, but please note that there are triggers, so please proceed cautiously.
Do you like reading books that deal with real-life situations?
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says
Katie McGarry is my absolute favorite when it comes to YA. I really enjoyed this one and agree that several scenes with Scarlett’s father were difficult to read because they were so heartbreaking. It’s almost impossible to imagine living in a situation like that. I loved her bravery – especially when her mother was so broken down that she had none.
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YES! OMG! I had to stop a few times and do something happy! Definitely triggering to a lot of people!
Thank you so much for sharing! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR
Bookish Creation says
Lovely review. I’m sorry this book triggered you, but since you haven’t personally gone through the trauma, that only tells me this book was fantastically well written. I am not into this kind of trope myself, but this ones does sound interesting. 🙂
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I guess it was just uncomfortable to read but I agree, it was AMAZINGLY written!