Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. TuckerTitle: Ten Tiny Breaths
Author: K.A. Tucker
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 264
Source: Personal Copy

I’ve had this book on my Kindle for a little bit and put off reading it for some reason. It has a beautiful cover and usually that makes me immediately start reading something, but for some reason I didn’t. I am so glad I finally got around to reading it though.

Kacey Cleary’s entire life imploded when her parents, her best friend, and her boyfriend were all killed by a drunk driver. She’s now left to raise her younger sister and come to terms with why she was the one to survive.

Kacey thinks she has her life figured out. She sends her sister to school while she works. She sticks to herself and makes no friends until she meets her new neighbor, Trent. Trent has made her question everything. She wonders if she can truly leave the past in the past and if she can really move on. But both Kacey and Trent have secrets that they’re not sharing with each other and we all know how that ends.

What I really loved the most about Ten Tiny Breaths was the fact that no character was perfect. They all have their flaws and secrets, which make them exactly who they are. This book made me laugh quite a few times even though it was quite angsty. But not so angsty that you feel depressed and sad the entire time reading it. Although the reader will probably guess the big plot twist early on, Ten Tiny Breaths is still a very enjoyable read.

Oh, what can I say about this book other than wow? It really touches on some sensitive subjects and there were definitely parts in this book where I felt my heart breaking for Kacey Cleary, the MC.

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker is about Kacey Cleary, a 19 year old girl with an obsession with kick boxing, a kick ass body, and fear of touching people’s hands due to a tragic secret in her past. When she was 15, her car was hit head on by a drunk driver, which killed two of the three drunk men in the car, both of Kacey’s parents, her boyfriend, and her best friend. She had been holding her boyfriend’s hand as he died and it stuck with her. Needless to say she has a devastating case of PTSD.

Kacey has taken her 15 year old little sister, Livie, and relocated them to Miami to hide from their aunt and a perverted uncle, who had squandered their inheritance away and tried crawling into bed with Livie. They’ve got a new apartment, a bombshell stripper neighbor with an adorable kid who loves to cook them dinner, and a hot guy named Trent who loiters in the laundry room and has decided that it is his personal mission to make the broken Kacey smile.

Things I loved about Ten Tiny Breaths:

The characters… Kacey was one of those characters who effortlessly put on the appearance of being strong and unbreakable, even though we the readers knew that she was crumbling on the inside, even if she didn’t know it herself. There’s one scene where she breaks, after tragedy almost befalls her friend Storm, that really just struck me to the core. Livie was everything a 15 year old girl should be, even though she was wise beyond her years due to the significant loss she’d had in her life. And Storm, Storm the acrobatic stripper who was determined to take the Cleary girls under her wing and help them find their way was absolutely wonderful. I liked the fact that she was not only a stripper, but she was a good person with no bad habits or addictions, as strippers usually are portrayed to be. Oh, and Trent, I love him. He’s misguided, he’s not everything we originally anticipated him to be, but man I loved him.

I loved the plot itself, even though I pretty much predicted the truth about Trent within the first 50 pages, and I was prepared to be totally destroyed by that prediction, I have to give Tucker credit. She pulled it off. I didn’t think she would, but she did. She didn’t rush it, she didn’t push it, she allowed an otherwise devastating blow that was dealt to both Kacey and Trent to turn into something to unite them in their love, and I think she executed it perfectly. Kudos for that, because I don’t think many authors could have pulled that off.

I loved how this book took a variety of characters – the girl with violent tendencies due to a dark past, the hot bad boy with a good heart, the good girl who secretly is being strong to keep her broken sister strong, the stripper who’s literally an angel under her sparkly bikini costume, the apartment manager who actually cares for his tenants – and turns them into a family that actually works.

Things I didn’t like about this book:

Who Trent really was. Yes, I know up there in things I liked I said I liked it, but let me explain. I predicted very early on that Trent was NOT who he said he was, and that he was the one person in the world that Kacey would detest. And he was. And I hated that, at first. Ooooh I was so mad (which is a sign of a good book, considering how angry I was, I was pretty invested) but then I said I’d give the author a chance and see how she pulled this off. And she did pull it off, quite well. It wasn’t rushed, it wasn’t hurried, it wasn’t pushed, and it wasn’t forced. It happened how it would have naturally, with time, healing and patience and it was beautiful. So high five to Tucker for pulling something off I didn’t think she could, I LOVE being proven wrong!

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