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AM BREATHE IS A BOOK IBreathe is a book I heard much much good about Weirdly enough when the movie came out in theaters last November I didn t hear anything about it not even a trailer or something but lately I ve seen and bloggers reading the book and being totally amazed by it so it made me curiousSo this book tells the story of Charl ne who at the age of 19 has already spent two years in prison for Killing Her Best Friend her best friend is no spoiler it is announced within the first chapter From her prison cell she digs back into her memories and explains how she an insignificant ill at ease girl became against all odds best friends with Sarah the beautiful and popular girl and how their relationship became and unhealthy so much that Charl ne had to ill Sarah to get out of her gripMy thoughts on this one are a bit paradoxical although I really liked it a lot I still feel a bit disappointed because it didn t struck me the way I thought it would I guess that s because I read so many dithyrambic review saying how powerful and emotional this story was that I really was expecting to received a huge flood of emotions while reading it and when it didn t happen it WAS emotional for sure but certainly not to this extent I couldn t help feeling disappointed Yet I wouldn t like you to think that I found this book disappointing because it wasn t I really liked it actually That is why it is so paradoxical I liked it a lot yet I am still disappointedAnyway Let s move on to why I liked this book The first is the topic it deals about and the psychological aspect inherent in it The author goes deep into analyzing the unhealthy relationship between Charl ne and her best friend how it evolves the different steps it goes through and why Charl ne is staying still longing for Sarah s attention and prone to forgive all her wickedness and cheap shots even though from an external eye it s obvious Sarah is manipulative and definitely not cares for Charl ne as a real friend would doWhile reading I couldn t help putting myself in the main character s shoes and trying to imagine how I would have reacted if faced with the same situation Charl ne has anxiety lacks self confidence a lot and is longing for recognition and appreciation These are feelings I am unfortunately familiar with so it definitely wasn t hard to identify with her And I m pretty sure that even if you don t find the slightest bit of yourself in the heroine you can also put yourself in her shoes uite easily because the author s writing style has that power I do hope the translation did it justice You feel Charl ne uneasiness and Sarah s magnetism This book really is beautifully written and I am so admiring the author who wrote it when she was no older than 17I am
However Wondering If Starting The Book Withwondering if starting the book with ne revealing that she is incarcerated for Sarah s murder was the wisest choice I mean I wonder if the book could have been powerful and emotional if the story was told not retrospectively but as it happened so we can see the relationship between the two girls getting and unhealthy and destructive without nowing how far it d go and how it d end I wonder if I d have had the flood of emotions Charlène ist dreizehn Jahre alt als sie Sarah zum ersten Mal begegnet und sie ist von der Ausstrahlung dieses Mädchens sofort gebannt Zw. ,
Anne-Sophie Brasme æ 8 reviewS the print was large and the book was a slight 117 pages I also hoped it would get to the part where she goes to prison as she is telling her tale from the cell block It didn t which was annoying I wanted the trial If she was so mentally ill and only 16 why was she in a regular prison The book was written by a 17 year old You can tell a uick snapshot of obsession exploring toxic relationships and perverse manipulation two teenage girls are the focus of this novel but it could also be a cautionary tale about how uickly any intense unguarded friendship can turn into something as unhealthy as this entire storycharl ne is not the alpha wolf of her pack never has been and sarah nows this and abuses it constantly to her liking and without blinking she never gives only takes until charlie already a very unstable and lonely girl feels she has to do the inevitable and listen to the voices in her head that tell her she has to get rid of her friend forever for it to be written as a murder confession there are only a few really hard hitting scenes but otherwise it be written as a murder confession there are only a few really hard hitting scenes but otherwise it just an okay bookalso i can t believe the author was only 16 when this novel was written published and awarded honestly hashtag envy Interesting short French novel about a young French girl s Charlene obsession with an American French girl Sarah that is awful to her There s no surprise in the book but only an unraveling of the obsession The writing is good and very interesting Something is missing after all Charlene appears to have a mental illness that pre dates Sarah But maybe that s the point In law you take the defendant as you found them And Sarah new in advance that Charlene was suffering from depression 45 Obsession is a theme that I m fascinated with in literature A lot of my favorite books deal with obsessive narrators such as The Secret History big surprise here says absolutely nobody The Virgin Suicides or The Girls I could even mention The Dumb House The Collector or Lolita although you can t really empathize with these narrators they remain fascinating and you can t deny that obsession lies at the very core of their perversionsAll of that to say that one of my last reads definitely belongs to that genre Respire or Breathe in English by Anne SOPHIE BRASME FIRST OF ALL CAN I PAT MYSELF Brasme First of all can I pat myself the back for finally reading in French Thank you thank you tips hat Secondly let me tell you a few things about it Respire tells the story of Charl ne a young woman who s been in prison for the last two years for murder Like a lot of the books that I have mentioned in the beginning Charl ne tells us about her early life her rather sad and dull chilhood and her difficult teenage yearsBut the real story begins when she reminisces about meeting Sarah the magnetic new girl at her school who then becomes her best friend And so begins a friendship that will turn unhealthy sour and well obsessive Obviously we readers already now how it ends murder but the real mystery lies in how Charl ne was pushed to itA twisted and destructive Bonjour Tristesse forgive me for the easy comparison Brasme wrote her novel when she was only 17 If you like tales of obsession and how far it can push us to do terrible things I d highly recommend this book. Ein grausames unerbittliches Spiel mit ihrer Freundin zu treiben gegen das sich Charlène schließlich nur noch auf eine Art zu wehren wei. Was expecting to get then Well I ll never now but I am seriously wonderingIn short Breathe is a book I wholeheartedly recommend because it deals with an important topic Unhealthy relationships like the one between Charl ne and Sarah are common than one might think yet they rarely are tackled by books and when they are it mainly concerns romantic relationships not friendships So for this sole reason I believe when they are it mainly concerns romantic relationships not friendships So for this sole reason I believe book deserves to be read I recommend this book to you if I recommend it to everyone I think the idea behind this novel is really good a young teen s obsession with another teen leads to murder and prison I did think that the obsession part was handled well but the ending was abrupt It ends with the murder and the discovery of the body but doesn t explain how
SHE IS CAUGHT AND EXACTLY WHAT HER SENTENCE WASis caught and exactly what her sentence was is not a book that answers the uestions that it raises with the reader which isn t always a bad thing but for me it ept me at a distance in this book Overall this is a uick read about obsession which teens in particular are prone to and it s worth reading just for the subject if it s something that interests you We Breathe know at the beginning of the book that Charlene hasilled her best friend What we don t Damned (Four Horsemen MC know is why In the beginning we meet Charlene in her prison cell She admits what she has done and she doesn t seem to be remorseful From there she begins the story of her life from a shy child to a haunted adolescent Sarah an American French girl comes into Charlene s life in high school and from then on Charlene s life is doomed This was an interesting novel Short but really long enough What interested me was that the novel claimed to be about obsession and how that can take over one s life However it seemed to me that Charlene wasn t really obsessed she was taken over by Sarah and as much as she tried could not escape the hold that Sarah had on her Sarah is not really an innocent in this story as you think at the start She is pretty evil andnows it She treats Charlene rottenly and finds it amusing It s interesting That s really the best word I can find to describe this story I finished this one but only because it was short I do believe that Brasme s novel is very well written she is very well versed for being 17 at the time it was published I was rather disturbed at the abrupt ending and there were times that I felt the story lacked some substance overall I felt it was a good read I wouldn t recommend it to any teens under the age of 16 the story although not graphic is rather depressing While I enjoyed the read it was a bit short I do hope that if anyone is reading this book and feels the same way and gets help Obsession is a theme in this book that is very dark and I might actually look into seeing the movie I find that 2019 has me reading things that I would not normally pick up and I am enjoying the new authors and reads This book suffers from a poor translation or super crappy writing and an implausible unbelievable story It s no great mystery from the beginning as to who has been murdered but the narrator s descent into madness is ridiculous as was her strange obsession with her bitchy friend I rolled my eyes continually The only reason I ept on wa. Ischen den beiden entspinnt sich eine tiefe Freundschaft die doch nur einen Sommer währt Denn plötzlich beginnt die machthungrige Sarah. .