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Warman, Jessica (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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At boarding school, Katie tries to focus on swimming and becoming popular instead of the painful memories of her institutionalized schizophrenic older brother.
Authors: Warman, Jessica
Title: Breathless
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2009.
Characteristics: 311 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: At boarding school, Katie tries to focus on swimming and becoming popular instead of the painful memories of her institutionalized schizophrenic older brother.
Audience: 790
Local Note: Accelerated Reader AR 47 10120
ISBN: 9780802721747
Statement of Responsibility: Jessica Warman
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.7 12.0 Quiz: 132884.
Subject Headings: Schizophrenia Fiction. Mental illness Fiction. Brothers and sisters Fiction. Boarding schools Fiction. Schools Fiction. Peer pressure Fiction. Swimming Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Schizophrenia
Mental illness
Brothers and sisters
Boarding schools
Peer pressure
LCCN: 2008042555
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Jul 10, 2014
  • IClermont rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really loved this book. I found that it was touching, and despite the fact that my life is not nearly as dramatic and devastating as Katie's (the main character), I found that her feelings about the situation were relatable. It was an accurate representation of how it may feel to be a teenager growing up with such a difficult life, and the struggles teens must face outside of their home life in society daily. A well written, interesting, touching, page-turning novel about growing up and the effects of drugs on people and their families, this book was fantastic - I highly recommend it!

Jan 22, 2012
  • Abby0429 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Keeps your interest with its grossly real content. I'm not sure what else made it so good, I sat here typing and deleting, typeing and deleting, none of my words seeming to describe it well enough, the word that made it what it was escaping my mind. Maybe it was the fact that towards the begining of the book Katie had reminded me of myself in her love for swim and conflict with her brother and herself. Or maybe it was the flawless writting of Jessica Warman. I'm not exactly sure why it was just a good book. Although I felt towards the end that Warman was strained in her quest to just finish the book, the last 40 or 50 pages rushed a little bit, the quality of writting not quiet as great. Also I was alittle disappointed because from reading the summery I got the feel that it would be more about swimming when it wasn't really centered on that as much as I would have hoped, but I guess that's my fault for expecting something else from a book I hadn't even read yet. Good book though. Recommended.

Jun 29, 2011
  • ahwoni23 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found the beginning of the book quite boring and hard to connect with a drug addict brother as the role model for Katie. However, when she goes to the boarding school, it gets pretty interesting and it was a page turner from there.

May 09, 2011
  • paigers9081 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I thought the book was great, but wish there was a little more excitement when it came to the middle of the book. All in all, however, it does have a happy ending for the most part. Which is kinda hard for the author to make when the main character's brother is a drug addict and threatens to kill himself every time someone talks to him. Wish there was a sequel, but it might be hard to make one.


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Jul 10, 2014
  • IClermont rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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