Just Breathe

Andrew Daddo

Penguin Books

August 2018

$17.99 AU

362p pb

ISBN: 978-0143573623

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Hendrix’s father has a vision – to see Hendrix run for Australia at the Olympics. His days are completely mapped out – what he eats, when he trains, when he sleeps, even the air he breathes.

There was never room in that vision for a girl, especially in the lead-up to the Nationals. Yet fate works in funny ways, and when Hendrix literally bowls Emily over on a training run, he just can’t get her out of his head. His life and priorities take a turn as he falls for her.

But Emily has a deadly secret that she’s scared to share even with Hendrix. As their bond grows and Hendrix strays further from his father’s strict regime, the tension builds to a heart-wrenching climax.

In this book called Just Breathe, there are two main characters who the story follows, the first is a boy named Hendrix who is a runner. His dad’s dream is that he’ll make it to the Olympics. The other character is Emily a country girl with health problems that make her travel to Melbourne to seek treatment. When Emily and Hendrix meet both their lives change.


The genre of this book is drama and romance. I enjoyed this book because of the storyline, I felt that it moved at a good pace and I enjoyed learning about what happened to the main characters along their journey. I thought that this book was relatable as many people find that they excel at one area, that everyone pushes them to follow and the other main character was relatable because she’s just like every other teenage girl, with a problem. But before that she was happy and healthy. I would recommend this book to 13+, because of the romance and some of the language in the book. 


Laura, Year 8

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