Wednesday, September 18, 2013
My Thoughts: Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker
I have been on a New Adult kick these past few months and for the most part it has not been all that satisfying. I have found that a number of New Adult novels are exactly same thing. There are, however, a few diamonds in the rough. While I am not sure that KA Tucker's Ten Tiny Breaths is much different than all the other NA novels out there. However, it was one of the firsts that I read and at the time, and I really really liked it.
Ten Tiny Breaths tells the story of Kacey and her teenage sister Livie years after their parents death in a drunk driving accident. The girls are forced to live with their aunt and uncle which is less than ideal. When things threaten to get violent in their new home, Kacey makes the decision to run away with her sister to start a new life. But the thing is, Kacey is broken. She is hurting and therefore is completely self destructive. Then she meets Trent and everything changes for her.
The thing I liked the most about Ten Tiny Breaths was was KA Tucker's ability to tell the story in a way that made your heart hurt. It was almost impossible to not feel for Kacey and her situation. I am pretty hard to please and when things get overly dramatic I find that I end up rolling my eyes and not taking the story seriously. I never got the feeling while reading this book. Kacey is legitimately sad and the way that her sorrow is expressed is heart breaking. She is a very hard and guarded character, which came off as being sarcastic and tough. But in reality she was pretty vulnerable. Livie, on the other hand was pretty tough- for fifteen years old she was a well adjusted kid. I really liked her. The relationship between the two sisters was amazing. Their need for one another in order to survive was mutual.
Then Kacey Meets Trent- I liked Trent, I liked his attitude, I liked the way he handled Kacey- he took what she gave, and he gave it right back. Their love story is boarder line insta-love. Almost, but not quite. Trent knows what Kacey needs to live again, and he wants to give it to her. However, like I mentioned earlier, Trent has a secret, and it's a biggie.
It was easy for me to guess what was going on with Trent early on. I don't know if that means that it was really obvious or that I can just figure twists out before they happen. So when the big reveal came. It was no surprise to me. But I think it might be for some. I thought it was brilliant- what came after may have been a little hokey but what can you do?
What really made this story though was the secondary characters- specifically Storm, Kacey and Livie's new neighbour. She was a riot and really forced Kacey out of her shell. I absolutely loved her. I wanted her to be my best friend. Her kid was also something great.
Overall, Ten Tiny Breaths was a good way to begin New Adult, and I was glad that it did not take pace in a college. I enjoyed what KA Tucker did with the story and I am excited to read it's sequel One Tiny Lie.
~Happy Reading Everyone!