Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire, 306 pages
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.
But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.
I really enjoyed this book and here's why:
1. It's about running. I trained (and ran) a half-marathon forever ago, and I enjoyed reading about Annie training. I enjoyed that she struggled with running. It's one thing to read a book about some natural athlete, but it made me relate to her so much more because she was just a normal girl.
2. The romance. Annie and Jeremiah were obviously attracted to each other, but Annie realizes that the time is not right, she's training to honor her boyfriend, and so they become friends. Loved all of their interactions, their banter, the sexual tension, and the fact that they got to know each other so well. They truly became friends, which was refreshing to read about.
3. High-school and college. During the course of this book, Annie finishes high school and then starts college. This book does a great job of portraying all of the emotions that go hand in hand with these things. It straddles that YA and NA line, and I enjoyed watching Annie transition from high school to college.
To be honest, I've read two other books by Miranda Kenneally in this series and while I liked them, they were just ok. So if you feel the same way, give this one a try because it's a lot better. And obviously, if you enjoyed the other books in the series, you will definitely enjoy this one. And if you haven't read any of the other books in the series, I don't think you need to in order to enjoy this book. There are cameos from characters in the other books, but it's such a small part of the book that you won't be confused or be missing out on anything.
Posted by: Pam