Goodreads Rating: 4.3 / 5 stars
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 11th 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents’ tragic death and Kacey’s self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would…and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.
Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?
As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.
The second book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series features Kacey’s younger sister, Livie Cleary. She handled the loss of their parents better than Kacey. She’s resilient, coolheaded, mature and organized. Getting a glimpse of reality at the age of eleven, she took the responsibility of keeping themselves together when Kacey can’t. If not for her love, care and patience, Kacey will further spiral into self-destruction.
Attending Princeton to pursue medicine is one of her lifelong dreams. She’s going to dedicate herself to studies and stay out of trouble. Kacey say otherwise: Relax, have fun and live a little. One night, they get drunk on a party before the classes starts. Livie loosened up a little and had an intense drunk make-out session with the Princeton’s Rowing team captain, Ashton Henley. He’s a hot, egotistical womanizer who undeniably makes her heart beat faster. Later on, she meets his best friend and roommate Connor who happens to be her ideal guy.
What if her attraction to her ideal guy isn’t as strong as she expected?
What if she wants Ashton more than ever but keeps pushing her away?
What if her dreams was actually not the one she really wanted?
There comes a point in life you feel lost and question everything. Your wants, goals, and expectations. I like Livie and Ash’s story because they faced downfalls and rose up in the end. It’s okay to make mistakes as long as you’ve learned from it and it’s definitely okay to follow what you want than what others want you to be. It gives you freedom and happiness. As for the romance, I think their chemistry is good and not over the top. I just wish there’s more flare to them.
Here are things I’ve encountered that gave me mixed feelings:
– I don’t like Ashton constantly gives mixed signals to Livie. Both are mutually attracted with each other. I can’t stand Ashton hurting and confusing her feelings. Like, c’mon man.
– Dr. Stayner’s overfamiliarity. I don’t know if it’s just me. I understand he’s like a guardian to the Cleary sisters but he shouldn’t overstepped a line. Plus, his advices… nah. There are many things to have fun than going to a party. Also, what kind of shrink knocks on a dorm room early in the morning?!
– Kacey should tone down her wild side. Jesus C. Chill down woman!
– Most of the time, Livie overreacts on many things. It gets on my nerves.
I think the highlight in this book is Ash’s backstory. That one is heartbreaking. Overall, I like it despite of my issues on it.