“Jesse Lachlin used to be my childhood best friend. We were inseparable. We had the type of friendship people strive to have, and then, a few years ago, he cut me so deeply that I still bleed.”
Only A Breath Apart is a marvellous young adult contemporary novel all about discovering your inner strength and being true to yourself.
Jesse Lachlin is cursed, or so the town folklore says.
But while Jesse has had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in can be found in his grandmother’s will. If Jesse wants to inherit his family farm he
Scarlett Copeland is psychic, or at least that’s what Glory Gardner tells her, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional.
What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude and dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a plan to escape, but there’s just one problem; she’ll have to rely on Jesse Lachlin, the one person her used to trust and who ended up breaking her heart.
As Jesse and Scarlett begin to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other, the curse rears its ugly head.
“Rule number one: Don’t upset Daddy. Rule number two: Be home by four, plenty of time before her father returned home from work. Daddy worried and needed to know where they were, at all times. Rule number three: Don’t tell Daddy she played with Jesse.
I have been a fan of Katie McGarry for quite a few years now and I just love her realistic, and often gritty, novels. McGarry writes one hell of a coming of age story and is never afraid of taking on confronting topics that many people have dealt with in their lives, such as domestic violence- which is something that featured in Only A Breath Apart.
I loved how well paced and natural Jesse and Scarlett’s reconciliation was, as they worked through their issues to regain each other’s trust and friendship, and then moved from friendship to love.