Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Review of Breathe by Abbi Glines

Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationship's never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.

I have been wanting to read this book since it came out.  I happened to be on Amazon Monday night looking at Because of Low, and happened to see this one.  Since I had been wanting to read it, I decided to buy it instead of buying Because of Low.  Now, I want to buy Because of Low, to read about Marcus.

You first meet Sadie when she's forced to go to her mother's job to work in her place. Her mother is pregnant, and chooses to send Sadie with the excuse it's too hot and she's too pregnant.  There were times in the book her mother pissed me off, because she always acted like the victim.  You, at times, wondered who was the adult between the two of them.  

On Sadie's first day, she's told she has to clean the library as a test.  It is as she is walking into the library, she sees the picture of the owner of the house.  Jax Stone.  He's a teenage idol, and is coming to his summer house to take some time off.  She first sees him as she's about to get on the employee elevator after dusting his room, when she's cleaning up something that she spilled.  After that, their next meeting is at dinner with his mother.  This is where she meets Marcus for the first time.  I liked Marcus, and even thought he would be a better match for her then Jax, just because the chemistry between them was great!  She also meets Ms. Mary, the housekeeper, who she thinks is tough, but realizes that she's a kindred spirit.  Ms. Mary worries about her when her mother doesn't seem to care in the least what happens to her.

It is at this dinner, Jax's interest is drawn to her, and he can not stop staring at her.  She doesn't think anything of it, and goes about her everyday routine of coming to work.  She even has a routine with Marcus, where he drops her off at her apartment in the evenings when they are done.  You don't really see much of Jax, until he takes her to the grocery store to pick up stuff for dinner.  It was funny to see him disguise himself in order to get himself a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.  During this shopping trip, Sadie realizes that she likes him, and he makes it known that he likes to too!  She realizes there is more to the pop star then what is portrayed in the magazines and tv.  

As Jax and Sadie get closer to each other, Marcus gets increasingly jealous.  You know he that has a crush on her, and is sad that she chooses Jax over him.  When Jax decides to go with Sadie to a July 4th party, that proves to be their undoing.  It is leaked to the press, and Jax is forced to break it off with Sadie, leaving her crushed.  It is at this time, her mother steps up to the plate and acts like a mother.  After staying in her room for three days, it is Marcus who comes to Sadie's rescue.  Marcus is the one who gets her to eat and drink something, and you find out it is her mother who called him.  At the end of it all, he is her friend through and through, and makes it known that he will always be there for her.  

After her mother has the baby, again it is up to Sadie to take care of the baby and juggle going to school.  She's worried about her mother, as she's getting more and more depressed, and Sadie doesn't understand why.  She's forced to be a mother to the baby, and at the same time try and stay awake for school during the day.  While she's on her way to school, something happens that ends up landing her in the hospital.  She wakes up to Jax singing to her!  He has come back to her, after hearing what happened while he was gone.  He makes it known to her that he can not be away from her any longer, and says they will figure out how to be together. 

What I loved about this book, is that Sadie, who had been alone with her mother for so long, found family.  She had been so used to depending on herself, that it's hard for her to realize that there are people who will help her when she needs it.  She has a boyfriend who she loves desperately, and friends she can count on when she needs them.  She is even able to make peace with her mother, which made me really happy.  

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