About the Book:
The Next Breath
Author: Laurel Osterkamp
Blurb Description: I kiss him, choosing love over honesty, which is a choice nobody should ever have to make…"
Robin loves sweet, responsible Nick, with his penchant for Beethoven and Ben Folds Five. But she also still loves her college boyfriend Jed, an irreverent playwright plagued with cystic fibrosis. Now Robin is struggling to reveal her secrets and confront her past, as she finally performs in the play that Jed wrote for her, eleven years ago. Will Robin have the strength to keep her promise and stay true to her heart?
Alternating between present-day scenes, college flashbacks, and segments from Jed’s play, this tear-jerking yet uplifting tale illustrates how life is finite but love is infinite, and the road to recovery begins with the next breath.
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About the Author:
Laurel Osterkamp becomes very attached to her characters, and it’s hard for her to stop writing about them. The Holdout, November Surprise, Blue State, Campaign Promises, American Angst and The Next Breath all feature the Bricker family, as their stories continue. (But you can read any of these books in any order.)
You can find Laurel on Twitter but she needs to work on sending clever Tweets. A better idea is to follow her blog at www.laurelosterkamp.blogspot.com.
Laurel teaches in Minneapolis, MN, where she tries to stay warm, spend time with her two nearly perfect children and husband, and find the time to write. Her other novels are Following My Toes and Starring in the Movie of My Life. Visit her at www.laurelosterkamp.com.
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Ends December 3rd, 2014
** MY REVIEW**
"We're sharing this blandly remarkable moment, and I'm already feeling nostalgic, because life, unlike love, is finite."
There are some books, that you just don't think you will fall in love with, but sometimes you do. There are others that you blatantly dislike, but the Next Breath was neither. From the very first words on, I knew (and I was right) that this would be a book that would haunt me for some time to come.
There was SO much about it- the honesty and simplicity that each character had- How Robin was so confused about Jed and Nick, in her dreams, and both of the boys themselves!
For the life of me, I can't explain what this book means to me. I've had friends deal with life threatening diseases, and I would go all emo on you. But here is what I can do!
"I want you to have a lifetime full of 'best things' that have ever happened. Promise me, and that will be the last thing I ask for."
"I love you." My words were a Band-Aid when I wanted them to be a cure.
No explanations, no qualifications. He just wanted me there. And somehow I knew: it was the beginning of the end.
We stumbled towards the cafeteria, tripping over each other because we refused to let go.
But soul mates don't come easy, especially not for good girls.
"What exists in fiction exists in reality, even if the concepts were born from some author's head."