on 13 March 2006
The only reason I read this book in it's entirety is because I don't beleive in giving up on a book once I have started it. But, I have to say I was sorely tempted with Breathe.
The premise behind the story was fine, but the writing left a lot to be desired. And the fact that the book was translated from French was painfully obvious.
At the time when I purchased this book, I also bought Lucky. There is no comparison. Do yourself a favour and use your precious reading time wisely.
on 28 October 2009
I read this to pass the time on a five-hour ferry crossing from France. I'd have given up after the first few pages if I'd had something else to do. The writing may have lost something in translation, but I found the style tedious and bleak. It lacks character development and just didn't draw me into the story. It is narrated by an unhappy, unpopular girl who becomes obsessed by another girl at school, and the plot could have worked well if it had been written in a more involving, more believable style.
I give it two stars rather than one because this short novel does actually improve halfway through, though not enough to make it worth bothering with. Also it's not a bad effort for a 17 year-old. No doubt she'll improve when she learns a bit more about writing.