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Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: Inhale, Exhale by Sarah M. Ross

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Title: Inhale, Exhale (Goodreads)
Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: 04 May 13
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Ebook 
Pages: 241

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Place(s) Traveled to: Brunswick, Georgia

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Related Post: Sarah M Ross talks about the setting for Inhale, Exhale

Lately I’ve been all about this “new adult” category that’s constantly increasing in popularity. I like the possibility of it and so have been jumping up to try out new titles that fit this in between time of not quite young adult and not quite adult but can sometimes fit in one bucket or both. Inhale, Exhale by Sarah M. Ross takes place the summer after Jillian gets out of high school. She’d planned on parties and beaches and instead finds herself working in cubicle city as her mom insists that she work. 

I found Jillian to be a bit of a cliched character, her klutziness and constant blushing. Her inability to see how pretty she is despite how people tell her all the time. And how she’s supposed to be really smart and yet as much as we’re told this we don’t really see it in action. Fortunately she’s not a TSTL sort of character as I’d probably never be able to finish the book but there are times when her smarts are questionable. I was also not a big fan of some of her life choices. She has a long time boyfriend but then constantly thinks about the hot guy at work, Grant. The one that everyone in the office wants (old and young) and who has no interest in anyone until he meets Jillian. Grant is a bit of a cliche as well. If you want YA/Romance tropes then this book has them!

But even with the tropes it wasn’t a bad story. Once I was able to get into it that is. The first chapter was a bit rough and filled with lots of foreshadowing. But then there was an even flow to it and even though there were times that Jillian made me all eye-twitchy the parts told from Grants POV helped me move past that. I really liked Grant, in all his vanillaness, and if it wasn’t for his telling parts of the book this one may have been a DNF for me. Especially when Jillian and Grant get together and Jillian is still quite firmly attached to her boyfriend. Cheating is not something that I like. Ever. Even in fiction. 

Jillian also has a tendency to overreact at the strangest of moments and yet be so blind in others. Then there’s this whole WTF-ery crazy scene at the end that makes the reader blink and wonder what just happened. I wasn’t expecting that bit of drama and while I normally love things like that there should be some better integration into the story so that its just not suddenly there. 

Inhale, Exhale has its flaws but I did finish it quickly and for the most part it held my attention. Its not a book that I’d rush to recommend but I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from reading it either. I think that there is a big audience out there for people whole like their heroines a little klutzy and in need of saving. I prefer my heroines to be a bit more feisty  and who can walk more than 3 steps without tripping or blushing. Overall, not a bad read and I’ll probably check out more from Ross at some point but I won’t be rushing to devour her backlist just yet.

2 Responses to “Review: Inhale, Exhale by Sarah M. Ross”

  1. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    I was so excited for this one and I bought it when it was released, but I started reading it and I think even got close to 1/2 way and then I just stopped. I definitely wasn’t connecting to it, and I had problems with the cliche characters, like you mentioned. I might go back and give it another try, but for now I’ll keep hoping for some better NA titles.

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