Summary:Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.
Review:I read Ten Tiny Breaths while on vacation this week. The novel is narrated by Kacey as she starts a new life in Miami and tries to leave a life behind in Michigan. I loved how the novel gave a realistic view of her life and dealt with hard topic in an honest way.
One of my favorite thing about the book was the relationship between Kacey and her new neighbor Trent. Trent starts off as the slightly mysterious hot neighbor that Kacey refuses to talk to. He slow transitions as she gets to know him and let him into her world. Another relationship I enjoyed was that between Kacey and her other neighbor Storm. Storm is the friend in this new town that helps to connect Kacey to her new life. I love that Storm is a great friend to Kacey and her sister without pushing them about their past. But she is also there when they need her and is a constant presence throughout the book.
I also liked the internal dialogue that goes on in Kacey's head as she deals with the car crash that killed her parents, best friend and boyfriend. She is still dealing with the accident and the trauma she has had to endure. She would prefer to keep it in the past and leave it there. However life seems to have away of interfering. I especially enjoyed seeing how she choose to cope with the past and how that changes throughout the book.
Overall, this is a great book I would recommend for anyone who enjoys teen or new adult books. The book is very exciting and keep you engaged with every page.