Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: 2nd (Ten Tiny Breaths)
Published: June 11th 2013 by Atria Books
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Description: Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action. Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton? As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.
I Give This ...
I loved the first book in this series and couldn't wait to open up this one. First off, I did not think it was as good as Ten Tiny Breaths. But, I was okay with that. This book is about Livie. And while she is damaged, she's damaged in entirely different ways that Kacey.
I was a little concerned the entire story was going to be about getting Livie laid. It seemed to be the only idea everybody comes up with to get Livie to loosen up. Up until this point Livie has lived with her head in the books with little time for friends and no time for dating. She's going to live up to that promise she made her father no matter what it takes. But take away sex aspect of the story and there was a story that I really identified with. Livie goes to college and those free reigns are just hard for her to deal with. I got it...completely. It was hard for her to attend class when her roommate begged her to go out until all hours of the night. And for a girl who barely had to crack a book in high school, college is different. And she's wanted a certain future for so long, that it's hard to entertain the thought of something else.
I enjoyed the romantic aspect of the story as well. First we have Connor, that perfect boy next door. You know the one right? You can picture your life together right down to the 2.5 children and house with the white picket fence. Forget the sparks though. I liked him and felt bad for him at the same time because you could tell that it just wasn't there. And then there's Ashton. Part of me really wanted to tell Livie to stay far far away from him. He's that perpetual bad boy that every girl thinks they can fix. But, it turns out that Ashton is way deeper than that. I was not expecting the chaos beneath the surface. He saw a kindred spirit in Livie and that scared the hell out of him.
I still think the psychiatrist guy is crazy, or maybe he's brilliant but completely nontraditional. I love the brief glimpses we get of Kasey. She's still exactly were she should be although its entertaining to see her pushing Livie into uncomfortable situations. Just what a big sister should do right..within reason of course.
I will follow this series of course. I love the way the author has built up these characters and I want to see were they go from here!