Author: Sophie Jordan
First published December 4, 2012
79 pages, ebook
ISBN: 9780062254290 (ISBN10: 0062254294)
In Sophie Jordan’s captivating novel, Breathless, Az is looking forward to a relaxing summer getaway with her family. However, her plans take an unexpected turn when she saves a drowning boy and meets the handsome Tate.
As they grow closer, Az struggles to keep her supernatural abilities a secret, knowing that it could mean the end of any chance of a future together. Full of romance, intrigue, and a touch of magic, Breathless is a must-read for fans of Jordan’s Firelight series and newcomers alike.
About the Author
Sharie Kohler, otherwise known as Sophie Jordan, began her love affair with writing during her teenage years. She would often daydream during her high school Spanish class, and eventually, these daydreams turned into her first historical romance novel.
Sophie’s passion for writing led her to pursue a degree in English and History, but a brief stint in law school made her realize that literature was her true calling. After spending some time teaching high school students to appreciate literature, Sophie decided to resign after the birth of her first child and pursue her dream of becoming a writer.
In less than three years, Sophie’s first book, which was a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, was published and made its way to bookshelves. Her second novel was released in March 2007 and achieved great success, landing on the USA Today Bestseller’s List.
Sophie Jordans Breathless is a young adult romance novel that was first published on December 4, 2012. Jordans novel falls into the category of historical romance with an emphasis on post-WWII America.
Her previous work has mainly been within the YA romance genre and has garnered a substantial following amongst young readers. Breathless tells the story of Frankie and David, two people from vastly different worlds, who find solace in each others company.
Frankie is a high school senior in the rural town of Gibbs City, while David is a wealthy student from New York City attending boarding school in the area. Despite their differences, they share an immediate attraction, and a passionate romance quickly blooms.
Jordans novel is a beautiful portrayal of the post-WWII era in America. It captures the rapidly changing social landscape in the country and the experience of returning soldiers, the vibrancy of the youth, and the struggles of families during the time.
Jordans descriptions of the periods fashion, music, and literature offer a historical backdrop that adds depth and authenticity to her narrative. The central characters, Frankie and David, are relatable and engaging.
Jordan develops a complex and nuanced relationship between them that is sure to captivate readers. While David initially appears aloof and privileged, it becomes clear that he, too, is battling his demons.
Frankie is equally compelling, as a girl who must navigate a conservative small town and who dreams of a better future. Jordans writing is vivid and poetic, capturing the romance and beauty of the story.
The pacing is well-balanced, with tension and conflict building gradually throughout the novel. However, occasionally the narrative becomes overly dramatic, which can detract from the impact of the storys climactic moments.
Additionally, the realistic portrayal of teenage sexuality in the novel may not be suitable for all young adult readers. Despite these minor shortcomings, Jordans Breathless is a remarkable addition to the YA romance genre.
It is a beautifully written work full of heart, passion, and emotion. It is a novel that will speak to young people who are coming of age and those who have already experienced the power of first love.
Overall, Breathless is a must-read for fans of historical romance and young adult fiction alike. Sophie Jordans expertly crafted storytelling and vivid imagery make this novel not only a pleasure to read but also a significant historical touchstone.
Breathless is a compelling and beautifully written novel that portrays the complicated era of post-WWII America with grace and sensitivity. It is a novel that should be on every book lovers must-read list.
Hence, Washington Post recommends this book with a rating of 4 out of 5.