Monday, January 11, 2016
Drawing Breath by Laurie Boris
Art teacher Daniel Benedetto has cystic fibrosis. At thirty-four, he's already outlived his doctor's "expiration date," but that doesn't stop him from giving all he can to his students and his work. When he takes on Caitlin, his landlady's daughter, as a private student, the budding teen painter watches in torment as other people, especially women, treat Daniel like a freak because of his condition. To Caitlin, Daniel is not a disease, not someone to pity or take care of but someone to care for, a friend, and her first real crush. Convinced one of those women is about to hurt him, Caitlin makes one very bad decision.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads.)
When I first started reading Drawing Breath, I wasn't sure what to expect. I expected a student/teacher romance, which I kind of got, but not in the way I was expecting. Even though the book wasn't what I expected, it was a decently good read.
For the most part, the book was well written. The author wrote it in such a way that the reader falls in love with Daniel, just like Caitlin does. By the end of the book, the author has the reader begging and pleading with her for Daniel to get better, so he and Caitlin can live happily ever after together.
The one thing I didn't like about Drawing Breath was Caitlin, which is unfortunate because she is the main character. She almost ruined the whole book for me. She is extremely selfish in almost everything that she does. She is also incredibly petty, whiny, and jealous. It drove me crazy listening to her whine for most of the book, and she put herself before everyone else. It definitely dampened my enjoyment of an otherwise entertaining novel.
Other than the issues that I had with Caitlin, I did enjoy the book. It was sad, yet hauntingly beautiful. It wasn't the typical student/teacher romance because most of the romance took place outside the school, which was a refreshing change of pace. I am interested to see what Laurie Boris writes in the future.
I give Drawing Breath: 3/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.