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Review of The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan

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“In the uneven balance of my life, I’d experienced love and loss. The loss challenged me to be strong, but it was the love that supported me when I was weak. This was just the beginning of our healing. Of being forgiven. I knew I would struggle with it at times, and feel like I was fighting for every breath. I just had to remember, there was always a choice. And I choose to live. I choose to love. I choose to breathe.” This is the last paragraph in the book Out of Breath which is the last book of  The Breathing Series trilogy by Rebecca Donovan. This quote has been one of my favorites since I finished this series just a few weeks ago. I was able to relate to the main character of the book, Emma, who starts out as a  junior in high school in the first book Reason to Breathe. As the series progresses Emma graduates high school and goes to Stanford University to study journalism and creative writing while on a soccer scholarship.

What made me look up to Emma as a role model in my life was that she didn’t give up. She fought hard to get to where she wanted to be despite every thing that made her want to quit. She discovered very few assets that helped her move on in life and she was able to become the person she wanted to be.

After I read this series I realized that in the end, our past doesn’t have to become our future, we always have a chance to reach a better destination we just have to reach for it. The impact that this trilogy made on my life has helped me find greater aspirations for myself. As I read I connected pieces of my life together and found a way out of a dark place. This quote, above all the other heartfelt and emotionally captivating verses in this book, stood out to me because there is so much that goes on in our lives everyday and as human beings we make mistakes. These mistakes and painful events in our lives can drag us into the darkest of places but this quote made me realize that those things are really just temporary. However, we do need to realize that we have control over our lives and not everything will go according to plan. There are somethings we cant control but we can always build the equipment to battle it.

 

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