Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people’s opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?
“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. “Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), order your copy of ONLY A BREATH APART now!
About ONLY A BREATH APART:
They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.
The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.
A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she’s psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.
Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…
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―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series
feels…lacking. Hot is for some boy in our gym class who has recently grown
facial hair. Jess Lachlin is no boy. He has fire-red hair, a sun kissed tan
from all the hours working on his land, deep green eyes and a body made to
handle rough, rugged days.
him. Every girl in this school has gone out of her way to drive or walk along
one of the country roads to watch Jesse as he works his land. Living across the
street, I’ve had a front-row view. His shirt off, drenched in sweat, muscles
rippling as he moves, the way he sometimes pauses in his front yard and looks
across the road as if he knows I’m watching. A fluttering in my chest and then—
anyone. Except for his friends, the boy is a recluse.”
when it pops out of my mouth. Camila and Evangeline look at me as if those were
the first words I’d ever spoken. If I could hide under the circulation desk
without making this moment worse, I would.
love with drops dead?” Camila walks toward me and Evangeline follows. Camila
watches me with more curiosity than I care for, but it’s nice that she’s moving
the conversation in my direction. “Jesse’s a train wreck, and he taints anyone
in his vicinity. Dating him would be a social, emotional and literal death
and her prophesies. “That sounds melodramatic.”
“Mom and Dad had Bible study at our house last night, and Pastor Hughes came.
Everyone thought I was in the basement, but I went to the kitchen for something
to drink, and I heard Pastor Hughes ask everyone what they knew about Jesse.”
Jesse that she was on track to be a concert pianist?” Camila says.
I’ll admit to putting down my cell.
predicted to be the first freshman to play varsity for our high school, and
then he started hanging out with Jesse.”
announcements regarding soccer emerge in my mind.
he had taken the ACT in the seventh grade and received a perfect score. He
moved here, met Jesse and the rest is history.”
he bothers showing for school.
the Jesse-is-the-devil enthusiasm. I may share the opinion, but that doesn’t
mean anyone else should.
statement like the two share a brain. Her eyes sparkle like that precious piece
of scandalous gossip was just too good not to spread.
who hangs out with him wants to
become a loser. It doesn’t matter he’s going to be a millionaire once he sells
his grandmother’s land. Anyone who spends time with Jesse is asking for hurt.”
Katie McGarry Bio:
Katie is the author of the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, THUNDER ROAD series, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, and the upcoming YA novel, ONLY A BREATH APART. Her novels have received starred reviews, critical acclaim and have won multiple awards including being a multiple Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for YA Fiction, multiple RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award Finalist for Best YA Fiction, including a win in the category, and she was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick.