My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ten tiny breaths… Seize them. Feel them. Love them.
Each and every one of us is broken in our own ways. And each and every one of us has the capacity to heal – in our own time and with our own coping mechanisms. But it will happen. We will heal – but only if we let ourselves.
That is what I learned from Ten Tiny Breaths.
Ten Tiny Breaths is about Kacey Cleary, a kickboxing kind of girl who keeps everyone at an arms length, never letting anyone in. That is until she and her sister Livie run away from their aunt and move to Miami. There, she hopes to have a new start and forget about her past. And there, she meets the neighbors who would change her life. There’s Storm who will be her first friend after a long time. Then there’s Trent who will teach her how to love again.
For me, Ten Tiny Breaths isn’t a love story. Not at all. Of course, a big part of the story is centered on Trent and their longing for each other. However, if we look at it more closely, everything is all about healing and forgiveness.
This book kind of reminds me of Melina Marchetta’s writing. The story was slow-paced at first and then a major thing happens and everything is fast-paced after that. It was like walking in a lonely road and you’re walking slow because you’re liking the view and suddenly you find yourself in a rollercoaster. However, unlike Melina Marchetta, this book’s “surprise” effect isn’t really surprising. Well, hints should really be found along the way but K.A. Tucker’s hints were too obvious. Being surprised and mindf*cked could have made the book better.
However, I liked that we can read about PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder in this book. It was a bit complex to write about but I think Tucker has done well. I had a lot more understanding with the disorder now.
There are a lot of bits and pieces of this book that I liked – like how Kacey tried so hard to fight her attraction to Trent, the adorable Mia, Ben and the tragic accident itself.
Ten Tiny Breaths has a deepness in it – sort of like being underwater. By the way, I also like how Kacey often says “above water”. So… there is a certain depth Ten Tiny Breaths has achieved that other books just couldn’t. Only in that level would a book would make you ache, look around you and reflect on the things you have taken for granted. Ten Tiny Breaths is sort-of an eye-opener of the things that really counts.
So, in general, I think this book is a GREAT read especially for young and new adults. I have learned a lot from this book and it’s more than entertaining as well. This book is also filled with emotion, brokenness to be precise. Also, I think this book would be best in a rainy day. I think sitting by the window listening to the raindrops would add to the cloudy dark vibe the book has.