Breathtaking by Courtney Turcotte Bond–ARC Review

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an eARC of Breathtaking in exchange for an honest review.

“It is the dark

and the distance

that lets us see the stars.”

Cara Ecrivains and Adam Aether have been best friends as long as anyone can remember. They find solace in one another and balance each other out.

But when Cara’s life turns upside down, Adam is no longer there for her. She sinks into deep depression and enters a time where writing, her first love, is gone.

How will Cara ever be able to move on and learn to love again, when everything she loves most is gone?

Breathtaking tells the story of Cara Ecrivains. It was full of heartbreaks, friendships, love, and possibilities. One moment I was laughing, and the next, I was crying my eyes out. I cannot express how much I loved this book in words adjsjdfhsj*softly cries* What is my purpose in life. This BOOK. Bond had an amazing concept, and she took writing to the next level with her flawless execution.

Cara was, and always will be, one of my favorite characters. Dealing with her alcoholic father, struggling to survive with Adam drifting away, and having to take care of herself, I really felt Cara’s thoughts and emotions, from her worries and sadness to her hopes and joys. She really resonated with me, and was just so dimensional that I felt like I knew her inside and out. Cara has had so many bad things happen to her, and I really felt for her and loved watching her learn and grow.

Not only did I love Cara, I also enjoyed reading about the secondary characters. They felt so realistic, with complex and layered personalities, and I loved each and every one of them. I liked that they each played a role in Cara’s life, whether they broke her down or built her up.

I enjoyed Cara getting to know Reid. And I practically live for all their poetic conversations. Reid was the best ever. I really loved how they leaned on each other and how they found comfort in each other.

Breathtaking held so many hidden messages within its lines. It navigates the depths of grief and the hopes of love and every little thing in between. This story teaches us to live our lives well, because it’s the only one we have, and will ever get, and that life is a gift and sharing the sorrows and joys of life is one thing that everyone should do.

This book absolutely broke me. It was everything. Breathtaking was thought-provoking, raw, and poignant. The plot was eventful and flowed along perfectly. It had an intricately woven storyline, with such dimensional characters and tremendous character growth. It’s a book I could read a million times and still not be tired of. In other words, I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I would give anything to have it in my hands right now. And then buy as many copies as I can and just shove at people. Breathtaking truly is breathtaking.

What did you think of this review? Do you think you’ll be reading this book? Let us know in the comments!

Rating – 5/5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Publication Date – September 1, 2020


Book Depository


Barnes & Noble

Genre – Contemporary Fiction

Publisher – All the Everythings Publishing

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