Reason to Breathe
Amazon Children's Publishing
In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She's more concerned with feigning perfection- pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth- at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she's desperate to hide.
Family Relationships; Family member death; Kinship care; Family violence; death of a father; uncle and aunt raising niece; abusive aunt
aunt and uncle
Goodreads Choice Award, 2010, Nominee, Middle Grade
Goodreads Choice Award, 2011, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction
bruises; love; self-worth; bravery; romantic relationship; friendship
Donovan, Rebecca, "Reason to Breathe" (2013). Diverse Families. 1083.