Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn MatherLearning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather

Learning to Breathe

byJanice Lynn Mather

Paperback | August 6, 2019

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A Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist
A Junior Library Guild Selection

“A love letter to girls—bittersweet and full of hope.” —Ibi Zoboi, author of National Book Award Finalist American Street
“This is a stellar debut.” —Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of Little & Lion and Pointe
“A vibrant, essential story of healing, resilience, and finding one’s family.” —Stephanie Kuehn, author of William C. Morris Award winning Charm & Strange
“A raw, beautiful, unforgettable must-read.” —Tiffany D. Jackson, author of Allegedly
“Poetic.” —Angela Johnson, award-winning author of Heaven

“A powerful, poignant story about refusing to let the past dictate who you are or who you will become.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This is a well-written, thought-provoking book that tackles difficult topics…a stirring debut.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

Sixteen-year-old Indy struggles to conceal her pregnancy while searching for a place to belong in this stunning debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Amber Smith and Sara Zarr.

Indira Ferguson has done her best to live by her Grammy’s rules—study hard in school, be respectful, and never let a boy take advantage of her. But it hasn’t always been easy, especially living in her mother’s shadow.

When Indy is sent to stay in Nassau, trouble follows her and she must hide an unwanted pregnancy from her aunt, who would rather throw Indy out onto the street than see the truth. Completely broke with only a hand-me-down pregnancy book as a resource, Indy desperately looks for a safe space to call home.

After stumbling upon a yoga retreat, she wonders if she’s found that place. But Indy is about to discover that home is much bigger than just four walls and a roof—it’s about the people she chooses to share it with.
Title:Learning to BreatheFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:August 6, 2019Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1534406026

ISBN - 13:9781534406025


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended Teen Read for 15+ Wow! This book was INSANELY good! This isn't the type of book I would usually pick up, but I'm glad I did. The story was very deep, emotional, and I was truly invested. I have no personal experience with what happens in the book, but through the writing, I could feel the character's emotions and troubles. This was a fairly complex read for a teen book but well worth it! The only part that bothered me was the dialogue. I am not a fan of the "uneducated" language the characters used, but it is a part of these character's life and is therefore justified. I would not recomend this novel to anyone under 15 years old due to the complexity of issues present in the book. *Received an Advanced Readers Copy from NetGalley for an honest review as an Indigo employee*
Date published: 2018-07-12

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*A Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist