Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.
When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.
Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.
And there’s only one person who can give that to him…
Book review: 3 stars
This book is different and interesting. It is about how people can be affected in their lives by some tragic events, either if it’s their fault or not. It is about acceptance, about maturing, about finding ways to redeem themselves. It is a life changing experience, and only with the help of families, like Cole/Trent’s, it can be pass through and can be a way to fund a true path in life.
Cole/Trent is a guy who had it all. Perfect family, perfect best friends, perfect girlfriend, perfect life. Everything changes after this tragic accident. This changed, not only his life, but also his best friend’s family’s and Kasey’s family’s too. All of them lost so much. It was heartbroken reading how he was losing everything, by accident and then by choice, because he couldn’t bear the guilt of what happened that night. And the most difficult thing to read, and hard to understand at the beginning, was his obsession with Kasey. It was unhealthy and he knew it. He tried to control it, but he couldn’t. Even though his stalking tendencies were beyond crazy, there was one moment at church that was kinda funny.
The little I knew about Kasey was from Cole/Trent’s POV. She was a self destructive, angry, lost girl who needed help. She needed love. She had a little sister who cared so much for her, and after a long time of being lost in her own self pity, she understood that Livie was her anchor to start over.
Reading how Trent’s obsession over Kasey eventually turn out in love was very interesting. I can’t wait to read the other books of the series.
Audiobook review: 3 stars
Sebastian York is one of my fav narrators but this book wasn’t for him. The guy in the book is in his early twenties and Sebastian’s voice is for a more matured man. Aside from that, the his narration was fine. Most of the book is the internal dialogue of the guy, struggling with the consequences of the accident, struggling with the guilt, wanting to know more about Kasey, and Sebastian’s voice did justice to the struggles of Cole/Trent. I like how Sebastian does women voices, and I liked how he did Kasey’s. She didn’t sound weak, she sounded angry and damage. Just like she was.
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