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Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry | Book Review

TITLE: Only a Breath Apart
AUTHOR: Katie McGarry
PUBLICATION DATE: January 22, 2019
PAGES: 368


Jesse Lachlin is cursed.

So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland.

Scarlett Copeland is psychic.

Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…


I’m no stranger to Katie McGarry books and while I haven’t read everything that she has published, I feel like I have read enough of it to know that she’s an author I would buy from without hesitation. Only a Breath Apart is no exception and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to have read it early.

As with all of the books by Katie McGarry that I have previously read, Only a Breath Apart has some of the most amazing characters that you immediately become attached to while still having a story line that deals with tough topics. This story does deal with domestic abuse so I would be aware of that before going in to it if that could be triggering to you.

One of my favorite things about books by Katie McGarry is that you get the perspective of both of the main characters. It really helps draw you into the story more in my opinion.

“Pain is what makes you grow, it’s what makes you mature, it’s what helps lead you to the path you are meant to be on. If everything is good all the time, there would never be change.” 

Scarlett and Jesse are both dealing with tough things in their lives. Jesse has just recently lost his grandmother who has been caring for him for several years. He’s also tasked with trying to prove to people that he’s capable of taking care of the land that he’s been left with. Meanwhile, Scarlett is dealing with a father who is controlling and is abusive.

This is a story that has stuck with me ever since I read it and I know it will be one I will hold with me forever. Katie McGarry has definitely outdone herself with this story. It’s one that will have you hooked from the beginning and wanting to know what is going to happen and if there will be a happy ending. Definite four star read for me and definitely will read more from Katie McGarry!

Katie is the author of the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, THUNDER ROAD series, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, and the upcoming YA novel, ONLY A BREATH APART. Her novels have received starred reviews, critical acclaim and have won multiple awards including being a multiple Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for YA Fiction, multiple RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award Finalist for Best YA Fiction, including a win in the category, and she was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick.

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