Book Review: Ten Tiny Breaths

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D. Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair. But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

File Size: 889 KB
Print Length: 264 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991686004
Publisher: Atria Books; Original edition (February 12, 2013)
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled

AL Park's thoughts: Talk about a heart-wrenching story! I was drawn in immediately, and loved how the tragic accident was not given in tiny bits and pieces, but right up front. The horrors Kacey went through were unimaginable, but getting the story in the beginning allowed me to understand where she was coming from and why she made the decisions she did. I figured out Trent early, but then refused to believe it (no, I mean, I seriously refused to believe that they were going to have to face THAT!), and was heartbroken when it appeared “love lost” was going to be the only way for them. I also thought Kacey had some of the best comebacks and witty responses, and when I wasn't crying, I was laughing. A great summer read!

Lori's thoughts: Everyone raved about how good this book is and I had to find out for myself. I was not disappointed. I figured out pretty quick what was going on with Trent, but that didn't make me love the book less, it just made me wonder how they were going to work it all out. I love the way the book ended. I loved how it wasn't too sweet and unrealistic. This is the first work I've read by Ms. Tucker and it won't be the last. I am pleased the book was picked up by a publisher! The characters in this book are broken. Almost everyone of them has some sort of story to tell. They are not cookie cutter fake people. They are people you might see sitting next to you at an AA meeting or at a talk about PTSD. Who wouldn't fall in love with a man like Trent? I loved him and Kacey -- in all their flaws. You must read this book! It's a definite MUST READ.

Lori L. Clark

She Reads New Adult Admin: Lori L. Clark


  1. Yes, you really do! It's a great read.

  2. Adding this to my list. It's my kind of read.

  3. You won't be disappointed Stina!